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Tharaka project

The project at Tharaka is led by George Mwabu. Here he introduces two of the young people who were sponsored by Karibuni in their education.

Theresa, cook at Njoro, talks about the meals she and her fellow cooks prepare for the children.

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Mercy Kendi, Senior Social Worker, Meru Township Project

Mercy talks about the project and the difference it is making to the lives of children from the slums.

Create a Money jar for Karibuni

Please print out and cut out and paste onto a jar to save 5p and 20p pieces

Can you do the maths?

For any one child currently, from age 3 at nursery, to the end of tertiary education around 19 years later, the costs mount up.

Thank you for all the fund raising, giving, and sponsorship over 25 years!

Thank you for taking part in events such as 10k and Marathon runs, golf days, sponsored events, open gardens, coffee mornings, concerts, quizzes, working parties (the first in 2003), help from WorkAid, church sponsorship, schools, groups and as volunteers. Many thanks for the work put in by the Trustees, and for individual donations, purchases, gifts in cash and in kind, talks, the sale of goods such as sculptures, bags, baskets, Christmas cards, and purchase of Karibuni’s Gifts for Giving. We have also benefitted from a number of Charitable Grants.  Pledges and matching donations to the 2019 Christmas Challenge more than […]

A tribute to Karibuni’s Trustees

Karibuni Trust came into being via a Declaration of Trust executed on 30th January 1995. Its name was changed to Karibuni Children in 2016. Bill Murphy was its first Chairman, a post he held for fourteen years until 2009. Under his leadership the charity grew from the smallest of beginnings to become an organisation with an annual budget topping £250,000. Karibuni’s enviable reputation for striving to ensure that its funds are put to best use stems in large part from Bill’s example. Bill had so many relevant qualities: he was a man of integrity, unswerving in his determination to ensure […]

Meet Zilpha

At Njoro we met Zilpha who was originally sponsored by Karibuni to join the Nursery there. She went on to Primary and Secondary school , followed by College where she gained an Accountancy qualification. She now works in the Accounts department at the local Egerton University. She had taken time out of work to come to thank Karibuni for, as she put it, helping to make her what she is today.

Humbled to receive such generous gifts

When visiting Tharaka we invariably receive gifts made by the mothers of sponsored children. Often these are straw hats or shopping baskets. We are humbled to receive such gifts on behalf of Karibuni and it’s supporters.

Tharaka

The Project Office at Tharaka, constructed entirely with funds raised locally. The land on which it is built was donated by the local Primary school and George, who was sponsored by Karibuni to do a Masonry course at the local Polytechnic, helped with the construction. There are now plans to build a Community Resource Centre. Karibuni is helping to raise funds to pay for it.

Kenyan tradition

When visiting the families of sponsored children we normally follow Kenyan tradition and take a gift, usually a bag of groceries.

Limuru Academy

This young lady was sponsored by Karibuni at Limuru Academy north of Nairobi. She came from a very challenging home background and the school found out she was at risk. She was fostered by the school head teacher and has just passed her end of Secondary school exams with a B+ which will qualify her for a good degree course. She wants to read Law. She brought us an iced cake to say thank you for the support she had received. She is pictured with her foster mother, Jane.

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.