Saturday | October 10th | 07:30 PM (EDT)

It’s our annual party! “Karamu” is Swahili for celebration.
We celebrate the opportunities you help us create in rural sub-Saharan Africa. Your support means the difference for kids between a future of subsistence farming or education and success!

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This year, friend of Kiwimbi Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o is joining us – this is your opportunity to hear from one of Africa’s most respected and influential authors.

You can find Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o website HERE | or Check out his books HERE !

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Food for Thought

How does a child learn on an empty stomach? In under-privileged areas of sub-Saharan Africa, kids face this issue daily. In rural Kenya, these kids, some of whom live miles from school, typically walk home at lunch for a meal that may or may not be there – while at school they try to prepare for high-stakes exams that determine if they will continue with their education after the Eighth Grade. 

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Kiwimbi responds to Covid-19

The staff at Kiwimbi was quick to adapt to COVID-19 protocols set forth by the Kenyan government. Handwashing stations have been added outside the Library and at all remote book distribution and teaching locations. Students and staff wear masks (which were made by our tailoring class) and social distancing during lessons have all been successfully implemented without having a negative impact on instruction.

In Kenya the school year follows the calendar year, and for 2020 all schools, as well as the national KCPE test, have been cancelled. School is expected to resume in January 2021 with all students beginning again at the same Grade level that they began in January 2020.

The Grade 8 students have continued to come to the Library daily with their friends and siblings and Kiwimbi continues to be an oasis for students and their parents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In order to prevent our three Grade 8 groups from falling back and potentially failing the national exam in 2021, the teachers at Kiwimbi have switched their focus from direct exam preparation and practice of past examinations to remedial learning and to re-learning important concepts. Kids who are not technically a part of our KCPE-Prep program are also participating – attracted by the opportunities we offer while their own schools are closed.

These children have no learning resources at home – no smart phones, no computers, no TV, no internet. They come to the Kiwimbi Community Center and Library where they are admitted in small numbers at a time, and to Kiwimbi‘s satellite Libraries as well, to borrow books daily and to meet in small groups with our teachers.

The teachers first focused on identifying the learning gaps and needs and now have begun to fill those gaps by tutoring the children in their specific areas of weakness. Most of this learning will be done one-on-one or in small groups of two to four students. Local teachers, currently out of work, have volunteered to help so it has been easier to create small group instruction.

Our Food for Thought lunch program feeds more students than before, since the Grade 8 students bring their siblings who share their food. Careful observation of government regulations on social distancing is maintained during lunch.

Other activities like fine arts also continue for small groups, as do our Vocational programs including Tailoring, Carpentry and Kitchen Gardening. These manage by running on a 6-day rotation with the students divided in to two groups, each coming every other day.

Kiwimbi also provides programs explicitly for girls to encourage them to avoid teenage pregnancy during this year of no-schooling.

Every Moment Counts

Your view of the world may not yet include a community in rural western Kenya where children often walk barefoot for miles to schools that offer little more than desks, a blackboard, and a teacher who lacks resources necessary to enable students to succeed academically. Kiwimbi International, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is providing children with an opportunity to learn so that they can create a productive life for themselves. We see a world where all people are empowered through education to enrich their lives and reach their fullest potential.

Kiwimbi is comprised of two organizations, a 501(c)(3) in the US and a corresponding NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) in Kenya. We work to enrich the lives of families in sub-Saharan Africa by creating educational opportunities that empower individuals and strengthen the community.

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Learn more about the rise of African Literature here.  Kenyan writer Mukoma wa Ngugi, who was the special guest at the 2017 Karamu, has a new book:
The Rise of the African Novel: Politics of Language, Identity and Ownership
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