Another challenge grant

After the heartening news which I announced in my October 22 post, that Karimu ( had met a challenge by an anonymous donor and would therefore be able to fund a new community farm project led by Paul Yoronimo, Head Teacher at Ufani Primary School, we have more good news: another challenge grant of $20,000.

This comes courtesy of our biggest donors, 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.  Earlier this week, Ken and Debbie promised to match every dollar given to Karimu up to a total of $20,000.  It is the third year in a row that they have shown such remarkable generosity.

The donating must happen quickly, since Ken and Debbie have set a deadline of midnight on December 26. But their pledge gives Karimu a good chance of satisfying the following needs of our Tanzanian village friends in 2013:

• $60,000 for two more duplex-style teacher houses

• $10,000 for a permanent bridge to survive the rainy season

• $7,300 to expand the community farm project

• $6,000 for textbooks for Ufani Primary School

• $5,000 to bring clean water to Bacho Primary School

• $3,000 to bring electricity to Ayalagaya Secondary School

At Karimu, we admire Ken and Debbie not only for their generosity, but for their astuteness.  They know that we believe the villagers understand their own needs better than outsiders can.  All of Karimu’s projects are requested, and worked on, by the villagers themselves, which is why they succeed.

Karimu and its donors supply the necessary funding.  But the people of Dareda Kati provide the dreams.


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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