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Covid 19 Update in Kenya

Dear Supporters, With children in the UK returning to school it is timely to send you an update on the latest news from Kenya and what we have been doing to support our sponsored children during these unprecedented days. Kenyan schools remain shut until 2021It is now anticipated that Kenyan schools will re-open in January, at the earliest. The 2020 academic year has been effectively written off, with no examinations at either Primary or Secondary schools. Colleges may start to re-open on a phased basis in the coming months. Therefore, Karibuni has provided funds to enable projects to distribute monthly […]

Meet the Embakasi children.

During the trustees’ visit to Embakasi all the Karibuni sponsored children were brought together.  “Kenyan schools were on mid-term break and all our sponsored children were asked to come to school, where as well as waving at us they got lunch.”

Karibuni’s Alumni – Robert

Robert from Tharaka has aimed to support people in poverty in various situations, from drugs and homelessness to HIV/AIDS.  He founded the Naledi initiative, which works with vulnerable girls in Kenya who have become pregnant and shunned within their community, so they can learn the skills they need to move forward in their lives without being forced into early marriage or a life of dependence and hopelessness. He has also served as a counsellor at the Kenya and South Africa Global Youth Peace Summit, and has  now been accepted by the Institute of Emerging Visionaries in California for a three […]

Esther, who writes from Limuru

“Dear Karibuni I am scripting this letter to convey my honest and genuine gratefulness and appreciation to you for sponsoring my studies. First of all I would like to express great appreciation on behalf of all those luckily and financially sponsored by you. No appreciation is enough for great kindness. But here, I still want to thank you all for your kindness, which has provided me with hope and courage to live a better life. You are bighearted and compassionate people who magnanimously and selflessly gave away your hard earned money to help me in my secondary and college studies […]

Meet Karibuni Alumni at Kibra

While in Nairobi, as well as visiting all our projects, and making home visits, Trustees had a meeting with our alumni students from Kibra and Kawangware who are either in the process of tertiary education, or who have already qualified, thanks to support from Karibuni.  The students were divided into small groups to work out ways in which they could themselves support their project and mentor other children. All over Kenya, students have graduated, thanks to their hard work and to Karibuni.

Wesley Empowerment Centre, Njoro

Each year Karibuni Children sponsors 7 children to join the Nursery school at Wesley Empowerment Centre, Njoro. The children to be sponsored are selected by the project Board on one simple criterion, namely that they should come from “the poorest of the poor”. This story may give you an idea of their circumstances. Pauline, one of the children selected to join the Nursery in January 2020, lives with her grandmother, pictured here. Also living in the same one-roomed shack are her mother and four other grandchildren. The only income to the home is what Pauline’s mother can earn doing casual […]


These four children were taken into the Baby Class at Kibra in January. They are twins Moses and Miriam, with Jayden and Emmanuel. Elizabeth is the nursery headteacher on the left, and Carol is the social worker from Kawangware, who now works with Makena at Kibra.

Meet Nancy

Nancy is the mother of the twins Moses and Miriam (sponsored). She has no husband and 4 children, and her income comes from casual laundry and selling greens, (sukuma wiki = “push / stretch the week”) making Ksh200/250 (approximately £1.50-£1.80 per day). 

A Thank You message from Mercy, our senior social worker in Meru

Thanks to the generosity of you, our supporters, who have responded so magnificently to our recent appeal, our partner projects now have the money to pay for food parcels for the children in their care. That special food support extends from the larger projects to those smaller ones where we make a contribution to running costs. Mercy, our senior social worker in Meru says:  “On behalf of all my children I appreciate the support during this epidemic. Receive the regards of the guardians. They feel indebted by the sacrifice to provide this basic need of food to them. These are […]

Thank you message from Embakasi

Thank You. We have managed to raise over £40,000!

In just over a month, with the inclusion of Gift Aid, we have managed to raise over £40,000. This really is a wonderful result, and reflective of the loyalty and generosity of you, our supporters. Dear Supporters,I hope that this message finds you, and those close to you, keeping safe and well in these exceedingly difficult times.A month or so ago I wrote to you, our loyal supporters, regarding the impact of the pandemic in Kenya with the closure of schools and danger that posed to Karibuni sponsored children with the loss of their main source of food and nutrition. […]

Bianca’s Story

Bianca 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, did well at school and passed her end of Secondary school exams with a B+ She brought us an iced cake to say thank you for the support she had received. She is pictured with her foster mother, Jane.Latest news (April 2020): Bianca has been admitted to Nairobi University to read Dental surgery.

Feeding our sponsored children: news from Kenya

One of our partner projects, where we sponsor 80 children, is at Njoro, near Nakuru, 100 miles northwest of Nairobi.  Responding to news of Karibuni’s emergency grant for April, Henry Nteere, who chairs the project says: “We now know one thing for a fact and that is most of the parents/guardians of these children are no longer able to get the usual menial jobs they used to depend on for livelihood. This is because many of the people that used to give them those jobs are now at home or are working from home and therefore doing their domestic chores […]

Can you please help us to feed Karibuni’s sponsored children?

Dear supporters, Since 1995 Karibuni has been giving children from the poorest of homes the chance to be educated and to achieve their full potential. It is ironic in this our 25th Anniversary year that education has come to a sudden halt with the closure of schools as Kenya gets to grips with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Over the years, alongside education, Karibuni has provided countless meals, because it’s not easy to learn when you may not have had breakfast and when your evening meal depends on whether your mum, dad or grandmother has managed to find occasional […]

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.

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.


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:

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!