Harambee 2021

All pull together A long-standing Kenyan tradition, a harambee is a type of self-help event that’s deeply ingrained in the moral compass of the country. The word means “all pull together” in Kiswahili, Kenya’s national language

On August 7, 2021 that’s exactly what our community in Northern California did to help the children half a world away. Our goal was to raise enough money to pay tuitions for the six children who passed the exams to enter high school. Plus pay additional tuition for the girl who is returning for her second year.

We did not expect the amazing outpouring of love and support we received! We had a silent auction of 29 items – all donated by generous folks. Several pieces of original art. Other fun “experience” items. And just some baskets filled with interesting items! In addition, we had 30 raffle prizes which were announced all afternoon. And, folks were also able to shop for the beautiful Kenyan crafts we brought back from our last visit.

Food (also mostly donated), drinks, live music (Thank you Andy Mason) – folks stayed all afternoon and had fun. We’re already hearing requests for another HARAMBEE next year!

The result is all tuitions (both high school and lower grades) will be paid for this year, along with any more supplies needed. We also have a bit of a reserve to purchase food and supplies for the younger children still at the home.

Merely saying thank you doesn’t feel sufficient for the gratitude we have. We promise to post the children’s progress. Keep in mind that these kids are now off in a “boarding” situation for the next three months. But we will post news as we get it!


These photos best describe the day!

Beautiful original oil painting donated by Stephen Seymour, San Bruno.
Thank you San Mateo County Supervisor, David Canepa, San Bruno Council Members Linda Mason, Tom Hamilton, and generous supporter Stephen Seymour
Commendation from President of San Mateo county Board of Supervisors

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