January, 2015

Kiwimbi Global

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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, we partner with underserved communities world wide to create educational opportunities through locally run learning centers.



Kiwimbi is in the process of establishing its initial such Learning Center in the small town of Amagoro, Kenya, where we have created the first public library in Busia County and are beginning other programs to bring our vision to life.


 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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Cultural and Volunteer Service Trip to Kiwimbi Kenya in August, 2015
Kiwimbi announces its 2015 Cultural and Volunteer Service Trip to Kiwimbi Kenya.  Co-founders Lynne Rathgeber, board chair, and Olubayi Olubayi, executive director, will welcome you on a two-week tour of Nairobi, Kisumu and Amagoro, Kenya. While there, you will explore the beautiful countryside, become acquainted with Kenyan customs and culture, get to know the teachers and staff of Kiwimbi Kenya, and interact with Kiwimbi students.

The trip to Amagoro begins August 2nd, departing form the U.S. and arriving in Nairobi on August 3rd. Visitors leave Nairobi and return to the U.S. on August 16th.  An optional trip to Kenya's Masai Mara departs from the U.S. on July 30th.  For a detailed itinerary, click here .

The Masai Mara option includes airfare from Nairobi to Masai Mara, two nights' lodging and meals at a lovely boutique resort and two full days of tours with a dedicated and very knowledgeable guide who will personally conduct you to and from the hotel.  Masai Mara is part of the great Serengeti Plain (think "The Lion King") where elephants, lions, zebra, cheetahs, wildebeests, impala, leopards, giraffes, wart hogs and many, many more wild and exotic animals wander at will.  You are sure to see more animals than you can count!

Masai Mara participants join the Kiwimbi group in Nairobi before they continue on to Amagoro.

While in Nairobi, the group might explore:
  • an elephant orphanage,
  • the National Museum which houses, among other things, very early human fossils,
  • Kibera (Africa's largest slum),
  • Karen Blixen's house (of "Out of Africa" fame), and
  • An overview of the magnificent Rift Valley.
Rift Valley

You will then fly from Nairobi to Kisumu, Kenya's third largest city situated on the shores of Lake Victoria.  

After exploring a bit of Kisumu, you will be driven to western Kenya, to the town of Amagoro where Kiwimbi has set up operations.  While in Amagoro, you will visit some of the schools that Kiwimbi supports, help tutor students in English and math, assist staff with camp activities, become well acquainted with the Kiwimbi teachers and volunteers, travel to the nearby cities of Malaba (where you can cross into Uganda) and Bungoma, take hikes through the gorgeous countryside and through rural villages, experience the making of traditional crafts and music, and spend evenings relaxing on your own or dining with our hosts on typical Kenyan cuisine, including delicious chapatis.

Accommocations in Amagoro are at the Hotel Levantes http://hotellevantes.com, a simple hotel, with friendly service, wifi, and a dining room for meals.

Round trip airfare to Nairobi is about $1,600.  The total cost of the Kiwimbi Amagoro Only trip is estimated to be about $2,000 per person and the Masai Mara option is an additional $2,000 per person.  Per person costs decrease to the extent family members or friends are able to share lodging.  Participants are asked to make their own airline reservations from the U.S. to Nairobi where Kiwimbi representatives will meet you and take you to your hotel. Kiwimbi will make arrangements for the Kiwimbi Amagoro Only and Masai Mara trips.

Airline reservations should be made at your earliest convenience to obtain the best rates and connections. The Masai Mara resorts and Nairobi hotels fill quickly. Therefore, we are asking for your commitment on or before February 28th.  Additionally, full payment is required for the Masai Mara option at the time of your commitment.  The number of participants is limited to 15.  Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  For more information, email Kiwimbi at info@KiwimbiGlobal.org.

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Other Ways To Help
If a trip to Kenya is not possible this year, then please consider supporting Kiwimbi in the following ways:

Sponsorship opportunities are a fantastic way to support Kiwimbi.  Visit the  Kiwimbi website to learn more about how you can help. (Kiwimbiglobal.org).

is a crowd funding website which allows you to donate and fundraise. Many different charities fundraise through Razoo.

When you visit the website 
Razoo.com, search for Kiwimbi! Razoo is another way to support Kiwimbi International!  Or you can go directly to our page by clicking this link:


Bright Heart Yoga 
Supports Kiwimbi
Check out the Special Events page of Bright Heart Yoga to learn about a special benefit class for Kiwimbi.  

Where:   Bright Heart Yoga

              1225 Sussex Tpke

               Randolph, NJ  07869



Date:   Sunday, February 8, 2015 


Time:  9:15am-11:30am  


Cost:   Let's all offer what we can share 

100% of the proceeds of this event will go directly to Kiwimbi. 


All levels are welcome for this special event.



Kessiah is offering not only the benefit yoga class, but also a world premier of the film about Kiwimbi created by local filmmaker Nick Patrick!


"Come see what life is like for our neighbors in Amagoro, Kenya.  You'll quickly recognize how joyful and resourceful this community is and paradoxically how very few resources are available in this area."




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.    

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