Ever since Marianne and I established the Karimu International Help Foundation in early 2008, we have had the habit of explaining that Karimu means “generous” in Swahili. This implies that she and I are generous, an idea we’ve enjoyed putting in people’s heads.

Yet we merely borrow our generosity from our donors—and especially from Ken Terry and Debbie Burns-Walton. They own a Santa Cruz-based company, Quantaphy, which makes dyes used in medical testing to help distinguish between positive and negative results. We have just found out that, for the second year in a row, Ken and Debbie will match every dollar given to Karimu up to a total of $20,000.

The donating needs to happen fast, since Ken and Debbie have set a deadline of midnight on December 26. But their pledge gives Karimu a pretty good chance of satisfying the following needs of our Tanzanian village friends during 2012:

  • $48,000 for two more duplex-style teacher houses;
  • $4,000 to give the medical clinic its first toilet and sink;
  • $3,500 for textbooks for Ufani Primary School;
  • $1,000 for another year of special-needs education;
  • $900 for another year of teacher development;
  • $700 to feed children who now go hungry at school.

In case Ken and Debbie decided, on a whim, to change their company’s name to Karimu, I don’t think Marianne and I would have any right to complain.—Don Stoll




About Don Stoll

Don and his wife, Marianne Kent-Stoll, are co-founders of the Karimu International Help Foundation. They established Karimu in 2008 at the request of the people of Dareda Kati Village, in the Manyara Region of northeastern Tanzania. Karimu is devoted to working with the residents of Dareda Kati in order to satisfy their development needs, as defined by the villagers themselves.
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