Meru in eastern Kenya, is the headquarters of Meru County, and the 7th largest urban centre in the country. Karibuni’s main partner project in Meru, is the MCK Meru Children and Adult Welfare Community Based Organisation.
At this project Karibuni supports children from extremely disadvantaged backgrounds who normally join the pre-primary at the well-regarded, state-registered, Consolata Catholic Mission School. Children are fed at lunchtime via a Karibuni-funded kitchen located on the school grounds.
As part of the journey towards sustainability, Mercy, the Project Manager and Social Worker has registered the project as a Community Based Organisation. This has provided the opportunity to forge new links with government agencies, other NGOs, and corporates in order to broaden the supporter base. Indeed, in 2022 the project was selected as the lead agency in Meru County under the Government National Care Reform Strategy, which guides the transition of orphaned children from institutions to family and community-based care; supported by the Children Act 2021. As part of this, the project was able to secure funding over 3 years from NGO Legatum.