February, 2013
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Focus on . . .

Mr. Jared Olubayi

Jared & Friends in front of refurbished Community Center & Library
Jared Olubayi & Friends in front of the new Kiwimbi Community Center and Library.

 Jared Olubayi
has been a teacher for over 20 years, thrice-elected Chairman of the Teacher's Union, and one who is passionate about helping children to succeed at school and in their pursuit of life goals and aspirations. 

Perhaps that is why Jared has demonstrated such extraordinary commitment to helping Kiwimbi, since its inception, to succeed in Kenya.

 

In the last two months Jared Olubayi has volunteered over 100 hours towards the renovation of the Kiwimbi Community Center and Library. He is the one who assembled the teams that worked on various aspects of the building. Jared's volunteer effort has enabled Kiwimbi to convert a run down building into a beautiful Kiwimbi Community Center and Library.


Vocabulary

JamboSwahili greeting, like "hello".  Respond with your own "Jambo!"

 

Mzungu: "someone who roams around aimlessly".  As used in Kenya and other parts of Africa, it is an affectionate term for a European or white person.  It is common to hear children greeting and spreading word of foreigners passing by shouting "Mzungu!"

 

Viwimbi: Swahili, plural of Kiwimbi, "waves".  In Swahili, the plural of certain nouns beginning with "ki" is formed by replacing the "k with a "v".


News from Kenya

In the first elections held under the new (2010) Constitution of Kenya, voters will be choosing a new President, Senators, County Governors, Members of Parliament, Civic Wards and Women County Representatives on March 4th.  Leading candidates for President include current Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta, son of Kenya's founding president / dictator (after British colonial occupation ended in the early 1960s).


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Kiwimbi Global is comprised currently of two entities:  Kiwimbi International, a US organization registered as a charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; and Kiwimbi Kenya, a Community Based Organization established in the Teso North District in Kenya.  Ultimately, our goal is to replicate best practices from Kiwimbi Kenya elsewhere, creating more organizations under the Kiwimbi Global umbrella.


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

 

To achieve our vision, our mission is to create regional community centers internationally.  

 

These centers will:

 

provide education, training and other learning opportunities; 

 

facilitate cooperation and coordination among other resource organizations; and 

 

provide access to innovation and technology.  

 

The combination of these efforts is intended to maximize self-sufficiency and self-actualization for individuals and communities to prosper.

 
Kenya
 

Kiwimbi Community Center and Library Pilot Project is "Open for Business"

On February 16, 2013, the Kiwimbi Community Center and Library swung open its doors to Amagoro-area children and adults, making available the first-ever public library resource in all of Busia County, a population of more than one million people. 

 

The grand opening, which was attended by over 100 community leaders and scores of school children, serves as an important pilot initiative that advances Kiwimbi's core mission -- to create regional community centers in the developing world in order to promote education, collaboration and access to innovation and technology.

 

"On just the second day of operation, there were more than 20 children waiting outside in the morning for the library to open its doors," said Olubayi Olubayi, Executive Director of Kiwimbi, Kenya. "Just two days after that," he added, "we had 150 people visiting the library to read!"

 

Students eagerly taking advantage of new reading opportunities in the area's first public library.

In four short months since the Malaba Town Council generously donated an unoccupied town building to Kiwimbi, the structure was transformed from an unusable state of disrepair into a freshly painted, stocked-with-books, and functional (if not fully renovated) educational space. There are more improvements that need to be made in order to upgrade and optimize the space, but this early opening is an amazing achievement, one owed to the collaborative effort, determination and generosity of the local community together with support from Kiwimbi International. 

A first step in community empowerment!
Kiwimbi Community Center & Library

 

And this is just the beginning -- a ripple -- that can become a wave of educational outreach and growth in this under-resourced, but fully engaged and capable Kenyan community.  There's more work to do, but we believe we're off to a phenomenal start! 
 

Kiwimbi International welcomes financial support to cover the cost of continuing to renovate and equip this building for the people of Busia County. If you would like to help, please click on the PayPal Donate button at the end of this newsletter and know that your money will be put to good use in Kenya!

 
Off to a great start ~ let's keep that ripple moving!

  

 

USA

 


Save the Date . . . 

 

Kiwimbi will be holding its 

first major fundraising event:

 on the afternoon of Saturday, April 13th 

at The Willow School 

in Gladstone, New Jersey. 

 

This event is being planned as a family-friendly gathering where children and adults will have the opportunity to learn more about Kiwimbi and life in rural Kenya through informal presentations, interactive activities, and live-skyping with children of the Amagoro region of Kenya where our work is currently concentrated.  We hope you will save time on your calendar for this special event.  Stay tuned for a formal invitation to follow . . .

 


News From the Board of Trustees  

Kiwimbi is pleased to welcome Barry Golub, C.P.A. to our Board as our newest Trustee.  With more than thirty years of finance, accounting and insurance experience, including 28 years serving as either CFO or Controller for two U.S financial services corporations, Barry brings critical financial skills and expertise to the Kiwimbi organization. His interests include working out and spending time with family. Barry is married with two children and has spent over 15 years involved with non-profit sports organizations run through his community.   

 

 

 

Kiwimbi International is a public charity under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  We welcome contributions, which are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.    

To make a secure donation through PayPal, please click on the button.Donate

 

 

For more information about Kiwimbi or details about other ways to help, please contact us at info@KiwimbiGlobal.org