WHAT STARTED OUT AS A FAMILY’S DREAM TRIP REALIZED HAS EVOLVED INTO A FOUNDATION & LIFE’S PURPOSE OF MAKING THE DREAMS OF OTHERS COME TRUE
I had the good fortune of meeting the Stolls from a mutual friend, Piper Dellums, who lives in Idyllwild, California. I knew from the moment I spoke with this husband and wife team, that I would view mission work differently going forward. I was able to speak with them at length about how they got their start, how a family vacation turned into a lifetime of stewardship and travel, and how the very well-meaning and generous hearts of this family have impacted generations to come. You can find all of the information in the world about Karimu International Help Foundation by clicking the link, but I thought there would be no better way to impart and share the vision of their work, than bringing their life’s work to you! The world definitely needs to know what this power couple is doing to make it a better place.
The Karimu International Help Foundation grew out of a vacation taken by Marianne Kent-Stoll and her husband, Don Stoll, in 2007.
During a visit to the remote Tanzanian village of Bacho, they learned that Tanzania’s government had threatened to close Ufani Primary School. When Marianne and Don, educators in Santa Cruz, California, asked if they could help, Ufani’s teachers told them that the government demanded better toilet facilities. After the two Californians came up with a few hundred dollars to build a basic latrine and Ufani School remained open, the villagers invited them to return the following year with as many volunteers as they could find.
Marianne and Don then established the Karimu International Help Foundation—“Karimu” means “generous” in Swahili—to “provide funds to schools and other community projects enhancing the well-being of rural villages in the developing world.”
This mission statement from Karimu’s Articles of Incorporation suggests Marianne and Don didn’t yet grasp the strength of the bond they had formed with— out of all the “rural villages in the developing world”— Bacho, Dareda Kati and its people. But the mission statement also shows that Marianne and Don never meant to limit Karimu’s work to education.
Besides continuing the renovation and expansion of Ufani School, Karimu now pursues similar work at nearby Ayalagaya Secondary School as well as ongoing health care and water sanitation projects in Dareda Kati. These projects rely on the devotion of scores of volunteers, many of whom return to Tanzania every year because of their friendships with the villagers. (*Content reprinted from www.karimufoundation.org)