Since many of my readers are local to Santa Cruz, I should be ashamed of myself for waiting a full week to make this announcement: the Santa Cruz business Quantaphy has promised to match every penny donated to Karimu through the last day of January of next year, up to a maximum of twenty thousand dollars.
Quantaphy, which manufactures products to assist evaluation of medical tests, has already donated very generously to Karimu in the last couple of years. But this past August co-owner Debbie Burns-Walton traveled to Tanzania as one of our volunteers and, as she worked tirelessly on Ufani Primary School and Ayalagaya Secondary School construction, saw our projects firsthand. So now Debbie and fellow Quantaphy co-owner Ken Terry have upped the ante and Marianne and I couldn’t be more thrilled.
The villagers we work with could not be more thrilled, either—though, because of their lack of electricity and therefore e-mail service, they won’t know about Debbie and Ken’s gesture for quite a while. All the money that this matching funds campaign brings in will be well spent: the villagers continue to ask for Karimu’s involvement in several areas beyond the renovation and expansion of Ufani School with which we began in 2008. In these areas, which include healthcare and provision of clean water, we do our best as we do in education.
Quantaphy’s matching funds deadline one month into 2011 also gives donors a choice of whether they want their contributions to Karimu to earn tax deductions for this year or next.
The photograph below shows Debbie second from the left, on safari with fellow volunteers Jessica Chapman, Danielle Hayes, and Cassandra Babcock.—Don Stoll