John Cotton: August 2016
Education lies at the heart of what Karibuni do. The great news is that our sponsored children are doing even better in their exams. With the benefit of regular attendance at school, good nourishment and support from the project staff, more of them are qualifying for Secondary school. What's more, many are scoring marks which earn them places at better, but more expensive, secondary schools. Further, more of them are likely to qualify for College and University courses. The upshot is that we face the prospect of rapidly increasing costs, up by at least £40,000 per annum on our previous forecasts.
For Karibuni this is a challenging sum; our current project spend is about £220,000 a year. We could economise by cutting back on our intake of sponsored children, presently just over 50 a year. But, of course, we don't want to do that; instead the Trustees have agreed that we should go all out to increase our income — and that's where you come in!
Regular donations are the life blood of any charity, particularly one like Karibuni which takes on a commitment of up to 18/19 years when a child is sponsored into a nursery baby class. We currently receive over £50,000 a year from regular donations. With your help we aim to push that up to at least £70,000. So, if you are already on board, please review the sum you give. If you are not, then please give serious thought to regular giving. You can set one up by completing a Banker's order form ( or via our website (www.karibuni.org.uk/donate).
You may like to help through our new Student Sponsorship Scheme which offers the opportunity to take on the education of a young person at college, university or polytechnic. If so please get in touch by phone or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Karibuni is in this for the long term and you can make a lasting impact by remembering us in your will. Surprisingly while 58% of the UK population give to charity in their lifetime, only 7% remember a charity in their will. Let's buck that trend for Karibuni! By leaving us a bequest you can help to ensure that our work not only continues, but grows. Do contact us for more details.
We are blessed with supporters who work tirelessly to raise money for us. Please keep it up! We have an expanding menu of events, from places in the North London Half Marathon and the British 10K London race to a Family Fun Day — this year we took over the 'village square' at Fairford Leys, Aylesbury.
You may well have other ideas for how we can increase our income. If so, do tell us.
Together we can continue to transform young lives.
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