In 2020, Kiwimbi will host our annual benefit or “Karamu.” Karamu is a Swahili word meaning “party” or “celebration,” and this year we have lots to celebrate! Our past Karamus have raised over $300,000 dedicated to providing opportunity through education. These funds enable people, especially children, in rural African communities to work their way out of poverty. Our mission inspires diplomatic, corporate, educational and grass roots community members to join the party and support this vital work.
Education in Rural Kenya
Currently Kiwimbi operates in Kenya’s Busia County where, in 2019, children had the worst performance on key national examinations of anywhere in Kenya. These results quite simply mean that the majority of the kids in these rural communities (in some villages, more than 95%) cannot advance to secondary (high) school.
In contrast, where Kiwimbi has been able to focus our efforts, the passing rate has been 40%, well above the national average. Our academic programs are complemented by our Library and Community Learning Center, which is patronized by hundreds of children and adults daily and lends books to 72 schools. This means that more than 46,000 students have access to books that would otherwise be unavailable. Even for children who cannot participate in our more focused programs, this is a huge benefit- making literacy achievable in remote villages.
Recognizing that kids need a future even if they do not progress academically, Kiwimbi also provides vocational training in tailoring, carpentry, sustainable farming and the arts.
This year’s Karamu will be held virtually on Saturday, October 10, 2020. The evening’s event will feature first-hand glimpses into the impact of Kiwimbi’s programs, special surprise guests, a silent auction of unique Kenyan art and cultural items, cultural performances and MORE – this is not your typical gala!