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Swahili, Noun (Kih – whim- bee): A ripple; a wave

Our mission is to partner with underserved communities to create educational opportunities through locally run libraries and community learning centers.

KIWIMBI KARAMU

Wow! What a spectacular evening!

It was so great to be back in person this year celebrating all that your partnership with Kiwimbi has accomplished in the last 10 years at Kiwimbi’s Karamu on October 1!

We hope you could feel the excitement and gratitude in the trustees, staff, volunteers and guests throughout the evening. For those of you who were unable to join us, we missed you!  

We are thrilled to announce that we raised $50,000 because of those of you celebrating in the room and those of you who joined us from home. 

If you couldn’t make it or if you would like to relive a special moment from the Karamu again, here you can watch a recording of one of Kiwimbi’s founders, Prof. Olubyi Olubayi, read a poem he wrote for the occasion titled, What Is Kiwimbi to Us.

And it is not too late to join us.  If you haven’t had a chance to make a gift and would like to, please find the link to DONATE HERE

Special Article

A letter from Catherine Malalah to Ibu Allies

I believe it will take the work of everyone, putting in effort, for our communities to not only survive but to thrive.

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

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. We see a world where all people are empowered through education to enrich their lives and reach their fullest potential.

In Kenya we…

  • Support underserved schools so students can pass a mandatory national exam
  • Prepare students in 3 schools (approximately 200 students) with focus on the foundational subjects of English and Math, and keeping them in school with a nutritious daily lunch
  • Foster learning with intensive small group tutoring and one-on-one mentoring
  • Provide access to books, newspapers and other resources in our Library, and satellite libraries and through regular delivery of books to over 70 schools in villages nearby
  • Provide vocational training for young adults
  • Provide agricultural training to enable farmers and families to grow crops more efficiently and to counter deforestation
  • Support cultural preservation with a museum of historical local artifacts and instruction in traditional crafts and skills

In Kenya we…

  • Support underserved schools so students can pass a mandatory national exam
  • Prepare students in 3 schools (approximately 200 students) with focus on the foundational subjects of English and Math, and keeping them in school with a nutritious daily lunch
  • Foster learning with intensive small group tutoring and one-on-one mentoring
  • Provide access to books, newspapers and other resources in our Library, and satellite libraries and through regular delivery of books to over 70 schools in villages nearby
  • Provide vocational training for young adults
  • Provide agricultural training to enable farmers and families to grow crops more efficiently and to counter deforestation
  • Support cultural preservation with a museum of historical local artifacts and instruction in traditional crafts and skills

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Kiwimbi’s Virtual Book Drive!

Help us fill our Library book shelves – Kiwimbi is holding a virtual book drive!! It is prohibitively expensive to ship books to the Kiwimbi Library and Community Learning Center in rural Kenya, so we are hosting a virtual book drive instead!

You can select books that you would like to purchase for the Library and pay for them here at the Virtual Book Drive. Funds will be sent to Kenya where the actual books will be purchased. What a great way to get books into the hands of the students! A book plate will be added inside each book, giving recognition to the purchaser.

Register Here

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