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Karibuni Autumn Concerts

This Autumn Karibuni Children has two musical fund raising events. On Saturday 12th October the Ellesborough Silver Band, with over 30 musicians, will be performing at Fairford Leys Methodist Church. They are a splendid band and last year’s event gave rise to a feature on BBC Three Counties Radio. One month later, on 16th November, the Wycombe Orpheus Male Voice Choir will be performing at Aylesbury Methodist Church. This choir were formed in 1923 and is open to men of all ages from across the region. Over the years, the choir has performed on radio and television and in iconic locations including Llangollen International […]

Joy Murphy is Going Ape!

Our trustee Joy Murphy, at the grand old age of 80, is taking part in a fundraising event called “Go Ape”. She will be raising money for Karibuni Children. If you’d like to support her, donate, or know more about the challenge, go to the following web page: https://www.wonderful.org/fundraiser/joymurphytakespartingoape-76ae12c6?fbclid=IwAR2SljgKvVItBhPL74iAf4gxbuJg2mBksNM5_BnTJIqzVVb22N43q3IUeGU

Tharaka Women and Children’s Programme

The project is sited in Marimanti, the biggest town in the arid county of Tharaka which is classified as a ‘hardship area’. Rainfall is very sporadic, so the local people rely on Government handouts on a regular basis. Their main crops are sorghum and millet. HIV and AIDS remain a problem in the area and there are many orphans and single parent families. The project started some years ago to feed and educate some of the children from those families at the primary schools in the area, mainly at Kamatungu School. Those children are now in their 20’s and have […]

Graduation Ceremony

Peter Wells writes: “While in Kenya with the working party the graduation ceremony of one of the young people who has been in our care from a very young age took place.  It was a great event, full of colour and noise and it was a real privilege to be there.  Anita Kanyua was graduating from Meru Teachers’ training college and she is already teaching at a local private school in a place called Murathakari, about an hour’s journey from Meru; she is hoping to get a job in a state school eventually as it is better paid and offers […]

Working Party 2019

In February, 11 supporters flew out to embark on this year’s working party.  The objective was to visit some of the projects, engage with the children and support a couple of capital projects being undertaken at Limuru and Meru.  And if there was time to spare, maybe fit in a safari to Masaai Mara (all at participants own expense) for a few days!  In Limuru, some new classrooms were to be built, replacing the existing dilapidated ones.  Good progress was made while we were there and the classrooms are now in use – a great benefit to the project.  Then, […]

Latest news from the projects

During their annual visit in February 2019, the Trustees visited our projects in Kenya to see for themselves what’s been happening and how your donations are being spent. Here are updates from some of the projects: Limuru Project Justin, aged 5, is being sponsored by Karibuni at the Limuru project. Pictured here with his older brother, younger sister and his mother, Emily. His father died when his mother was pregnant with his younger sister. Emily relies on casual work picking tea in one of Limuru’s tea plantations. This is seasonal work and the rest of the time she sells charcoal.  […]

Christmas Challenge

We thank all those who took part in our last Christmas Challenge appeal.  We are pleased to say that we were successful in reaching our target which will mean that we will be able to transform even more young lives in Kenya.  The money raised by this appeal will help the very poorest of the poor in Kibra, Nairobi, which is Africa’s biggest slum and where the largest project supported by Karibuni Children is based. Donations totalling £5000 were matched pound for pound by pledges already made by an existing group of supporters.  In all we raised nearly £15000 when […]

British 10K 2018 – almost £4,500 raised!

A record field of 13 Karibuni runners pounded the streets of London in the British 10K raising almost £4,500 for Karibuni Children! The British 10K follows a route through the centre of London, including Piccadilly, Trafalgar Square and The Strand. It was a very warm Sunday in July and after the run participants met up with Karibuni Trustees for drinks and to receive certificates from Karibuni. The photographs show some of the runners, which included a strong Kenyan contingent. We’ll need even more runners next year if we’re to beat the amount raised this year and continue to make a […]

Peak a Week COMPLETE! Rowan Purrett, aged twelve, Peak to Peak fundraiser

MASSIVE congratulations and thank you to 12 year old Rowan Purrett who on 16th March 2019 completed his 79 Peaks in 79 Weeks challenge for Karibuni.  He began on his 11th birthday (September 2017) and the peaks had to be a Graham, Corbett or Munro.  The final peak was 765m high Sgurr Beag and was a big challenge because of the snowy conditions. This is a unique achievement and we at Karibuni Children are most grateful to Rowan and his parents for choosing to raise funds to support our work amongst the poorest of the poor in Kenya. We are […]

The Kibra Project update – Tusaidie Watoto

Tusaidie Watoto was started by the small Methodist Church in Kibra when the four small rooms they were letting to families as homes became vacant. The 4 rooms became 2 classrooms and they started in 1997 with 20 children from the Kibra slum. As the numbers grew, the church became the baby class. All the rooms are temporary mud buildings and there is a small play area which is now paved. The provision of water at the project has been improved and drinking water separated from washing up and hand washing. However, high prices have to be paid for clean […]

Extracts from a letter from Wycliffe Odhiambo, who was supported by Karibuni over 18 years

“I am Wycliffe Odhiambo, one of the beneficiaries of the project. I joined back in 1998 when it had just begun, from pre-school to tertiary level, I graduated from the Technical University of Kenya with a Diploma in Community and Public Health in 2016 and got an opportunity to work with the Hospital Support Organisation in the same year under the ImPACT AFRICA PROGRAM as a Research Assistant Western Kenya Region, managing 10 health facilities on the global perioperative study assessing outcomes of perioperative and anaesthesia care…. I want to let you know how much I appreciate your support throughout […]

Trustees’ Visit to Kenya 2018

Every February our trustees visit our projects in Kenya to see how progress is being made and how money is being spent. The Trustees visiting Kenya this year are Joy Murphy, Nigel Roberts and John Cotton. Here they are pictured with Mercy Kendi who heads the Meru Township project.  Here’s what they were doing on their trip: 21st February Today we visited the project in the Embakasi slum. Karibuni sponsors six children per year into the Nursery school. We took a pile of clothing, crayons and pencils, plus used tennis balls supplied by Bierton Tennis Club. We’ll be distributing more […]

The Story of Grace & Glory

Eight-year-old twins, Grace and Glory, are just two of the many children being cared for by the Meru Township Project. We first became aware of them in February 2017 when members of the Working Party visited their home. Their father had just died from TB (their mother separated from the family when the twins were just 8 months old) and they were living alone, looking after themselves, and just about to walk a long way back to school so they could wash their own school uniforms (no running water where they live). A month later, during the Trustees annual visit […]

Quiz Night 2018

Our annual quiz night for 2018 took place at the end of January. It was a great success, raising £1,760! The final total was helped by a £750 donation from Barclays, the former employer of Karibuni Chairman John Cotton. 80 people in 12 teams competed to find the answers to the quiz, run by our Quiz Masters Steve and Vivienne Kemp. Thank you to everyone who helped out on the evening. Tickets get snapped up quickly, so make sure you get them quickly when we announce our 2019 event!  

Extracts from a letter from Wycliffe Odhiambo, who was supported by Karibuni over 18 years:

“I am Wycliffe Odhiambo, one of the beneficiaries of the project. I joined back in 1998 when it had just begun, from pre-school to tertiary level, I graduated from the Technical University of Kenya with a Diploma in Community and Public Health in 2016 and got an opportunity to work with the Hospital Support Organisation in the same year under the ImPACT AFRICA PROGRAM as a Research Assistant Western Kenya Region, managing 10 health facilities on the global perioperative study assessing outcomes of perioperative and anaesthesia care…. I want to let you know how much I appreciate your support throughout […]

A Surprise Visit to Kenya!

Our trustee and co-founder Joy Murphy suffered a stroke in January 2017. just weeks before she was expecting to accompany our work party out to Kenya. After the disappointment of missing that trip, Joy was determined to make a visit to Kenya as soon as she could. Here’s her account of her recovery and trip later in the year: In January I sat in my hospital bed not sure I’d ever make it to Kenya again. I’d made all the arrangements for a Karibuni Work Party to visit the projects in February, and I was unable to go! When the […]

Our Quiz Night is back in 2018!

Come along to our next event!

Come along and browse our Christmas Gift Shop for a variety of presents and cards, from a range of prices starting at £4. Plus stop for tea and cake whilst you shop. It’s the perfect way to start your Christmas shopping!

Ellesborough Silver Band Concert

The Ellesborough Silver Band are kindly donating funds raised from their October concert to us. Please do go along and support, it’s set to be a fantastic evening.  

Family Fun Day 2017!

This summer we held our third annual Family Fun Day in Fairford Leys. On the 17th June, one of the hottest days of the year, we had a number of stalls, a bouncy castle, BBQ and circus and magic sessions. The musicians who performed throughout the day were fantastic and gave the day a lively atmosphere. Thanks to the support of the Fairford Leys community and our supporters, we raised £1000 – a successful day! Our next Fairford Leys Event will be our Quiz Night on the 27th January 2018.  Thank you to everyone who helped out on the day and […]

British 10K 2017 report

8 Supporters ran the British 10K for Karibuni Children! On a hot July Sunday a team of 8 people took up a challenge to raise funds for Karibuni. The British 10K follows a route through the centre of London, including Piccadilly, Trafalgar Square and The Strand. After the run participants met up with Karibuni Trustees to enjoy a long cold drink and to receive certificates from Karibuni. If you would be interested in running this event next July (or the North London Half Marathon in March), do let us know by registering your interest via office@karibuni.org.uk You can find out […]

London to Paris Bike Ride: Challenge Completed!

On a grey and damp Thursday in July, I made my way to Crystal Palace Park at 6.30 a.m to meet up with 29 other riders and our tour organisers for the first time, to embark on a 3 day ride from London to Paris.  I didn’t really know what to expect but as we got underway I quickly matched up with another lone rider of about the same fitness.  Despite the early start we had a bit of time pressure on day 1 as we had to get to Newhaven in time for the ferry!  The ride was challenging […]

Golf Day September 2017

This year is at Moor Park Golf course on Monday 18 September. Cost covers Green fees, two course meal and prize giving afterwards. Register at karibuni.org.uk/golfday

Karibuni Family Fun Day!

Our Fun Day is back for the 3rd year! Come along on Saturday 17th June at Fairford Leys Community Centre for Music, Food and Fun for all the family!   If you’d like to be a stallholder at the Fun Day, please email: eileen6d@gmail.com Pitches are £20, or £25 with a table provided for you.

From London to Paris for Karibuni!

This July Gill Nord is taking on the challenge of cycling from London to Paris, all for Karibuni. That’s 181 miles! The cycle will take 3 days from the 20th – 23rd July and the journey will finish in Paris in time for the final stage of the Tour de France. Gill is a keen cyclist, but has never covered such a huge distance or cycled for 3 days in a row! Please donate generously and support Gill as she takes on the adventure! You can find her donation page at www.mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/gilliannord Good luck Gill!  

Congratulations Robert!

Robert Murithi Kamwara, was sponsored by Karibuni through the Tharaka Children and Women’s Welfare Programme. He went on to study for a Bachelor of Commerce Degree at Meru University, which he was awarded three years ago. Karibuni funded his Bachelor degree, but on cost grounds we have a policy to finance only one such qualification per young person. However, Robert has now graduated with a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) Finance Option! He financed the degree himself, by taking part time jobs, including lecturing at the University. What an achievement, congratulations Robert!

Calling All Runners!

Help us to transform young Kenyan lives by taking part in a half marathon! Contact mcarr49@hotmail.com to register or find out more.  

Quiz Night 2017!

Our Quiz Night in 2016 was such a success, we’re holding another in the new year. So get together a team of 6 – 8 and get your quiz hats on. Tickets are sure to sell out again so get yours fast! Once again Fish and Chips are included in the ticket price. See below for contact details.

Could you give a student a future?

Karibuni is helping students who have been supported throughout their school life to become employed and start their own independent careers through a sponsorship scheme. Many students need further training on completion of their schooling at University, college or in a vocation. We are looking for sponsors to provide more secure funding to students at this stage. Where possible, potential sponsors are matched with students according to preferences and interests, giving a personal link to encourage the student in their studies. Typically, sponsors have offered between £20 and £50 a month, to fully or partially sponsor an individual, or an […]

Family Fun Day 2016: Thank you!

The 23rd July saw us hold our 2nd Family Fun Day! We had stalls from Fair Trade, The Works Ice Cream, Holy Cow and Charlie’s Pots, and there were fantastic performances from the Ellesborough Silver Band, JBD Fitness and Dance and Magician Roger Dunlop. Thanks to everyone’s support we raised over £1500! We’re already looking at next year’s Fun Day, so stay tuned…    

How about joining a team of volunteers to visit Kenya and make a difference at one or more of Karibuni’s partner-projects?

A group of 10 intrepid travellers, all volunteers who are paying their own expenses, will be flying out to Kenya on 6th February 2017 to visit the projects, meet and interact with children, staff and carers and do some practical work in two of the projects. At Njoro we are planning to repair the boarded walls in the classrooms and paint them as well as spend time with the children in the classrooms and the playground, and visit some of the basic homes where the children live. We may, time permitting, do some repairs to the small rental homes we […]

10K For Karibuni!

We’re looking for people to take part in this year’s British 10k London Run to raise money for Karibuni! We have several places available for the run on the 9 July through the streets of the Capital. The route takes you past iconic landmarks including the Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square. For running for Karibuni you receive a Race Day Karibuni T-Shirt! You must be 15 or over and are asked to raise £250 in sposorship. Read more about last year’s runners and how to enter!  

Karibuni Blog: A Huge Step for Small Feet

Karibuni Children – A Huge Step for Small Feet A little boy, barely more than three years old, throws himself at the legs and body of the head teacher, who is talking to the surrounding children sitting cross-legged on the matting. A gentle hand of reassurance comes down to placate the boy, which, although gratefully received, can not take away his urgency for attention. The other children, some managing to interact with each other and the other two staff members, all look wide-eyed at the ‘mzungu’ sitting in front of them, listening and applauding their attempts at singing together – […]

Trustees’ Visit 2016

Each year, our trustees cross continents to visit each of our projects in Kenya to see what progress has been made and to ensure funds are being used effectively. Trustee and Founder Joy Murphy travelled out to Kenya on the 13th of February and will be joined by Chairman John Cotton and trustee Nigel Roberts on the 28th of February. Week One: Joy in Mombasa For the last couple of years, it has been too dangerous to visit the projects around Mombasa, on the coast, because of security fears. But this year she was keen to make the journey to […]

Quiz Night Success

Our first Quiz Night saw over a hundred people come together to have a fantastic evening! Food was served amidst the brain teasers with Fish and Chips produced by local restaurant the Codfather. A raffle and round of Heads and Tails allowed everyone to digest their food before returning to the challenge of more quiz rounds. The scores at the top were close by the end of the night, but one team came out as victors – congratulations to them! The night raised £900 and we hope we to make it an annual event, so don’t forget to keep your […]

2015: Karibuni’s 20th Birthday

1995 was the year the DVD was introduced to the world, Windows95 was launched and Amazon began its online shopping take over. In the 20 years since then, the mobile phone has become smaller and internet has transformed the way we work. In that time, the Karibuni Children has also grown to become an integral part of many projects supporting children in Kenya. 2015 has seen the Karibuni Children celebrating its 20th anniversary and its impressive achievements over the past two decades. The £2.56 that founder Corinne Murphy deposited in a bank account in 1995, has been transformed into an […]

Bring the gift of light to a Kenyan child this Christmas

Here’s an opportunity to make a real difference to one or more of the children sponsored by Karibuni in the Tharaka region of Kenya – an arid area with much rural poverty and very limited access to electricity.  George Mwabuh, who leads our project in Tharaka, writes: “I appreciate how far that Karibuni Children is taking the Tharaka children and the community in general. I write to place a special request to enable children to access education in their homes. I have noted that the majority of our children cannot do their studies at home due to a lack of light […]

A memorable summer with Karibuni

Joshua writes “My visit to the UK last July during Karibuni’s 20th Anniversary is unforgettable in many ways. As a young boy growing up in rural Africa I fancied visiting the UK, because I heard or read about young Africans studying or working there and succeeding! The opportunity to visit some of my Karibuni friends is another reason the visit is memorable. I received numerous invitations to stay with different families and ended up living with 6 different families who not only went out of their way to make me feel very welcome but also met my personal needs in […]

Erick Joins Top Accountants KPMG

Erick Obudho was one of the first children to be taken into the Tusaidie Watoto Nursery 20 years ago when it first started. He is the eldest in a family of five whose parents are casual workers in the Kibra slum. His father has worked repairing watches, but since the advent of mobile phones, watches are obsolete and work is diminishing quickly. His mother buys omena (tiny dried fish – a popular food from Western Kenya) from the city market and sells them at the side of the road. The family lives in a small basic two-roomed house in Kibra. […]

Many thanks to Pearl who donated £20 to Karibuni!

Pearl knitted 3 cardigans for her friend’s granddaughter. She said she never accepts payment for knitting for people, but her friend insisted, so Pearl accepted and donated it to Karibuni to help children in Kenya. All on her 80th birthday too! Happy birthday Pearl!