Karimu Social Fund

Based on the success and visibility of Karimu and KAHESO within the Babati district and our prior help to district-wide clinics in support of COVID-19 prevention, several villages within the Babati district have come to Karimu requesting support for more projects. This creates a dilemma for us.

Karimu’s operating model and our success we believe is dependent on knowing the communities we serve well, developing trust with community members, and being fully engaged with the community in all aspects of the project. This is not possible with one-off projects. In addition, eliminating poverty requires working on all three pillars: health and sanitation, income and education, and financial services, not just one. Broadening our projects without our full engagement runs counter-strategic to our core mission and operational model.

However, our hearts go out to all communities in the district. To that end Karimu has decided to start a Karimu Social Fund which would support an annual request by the district government to support one or two projects within the district, but outside the wards in which we currently focus. The total funding will be limited to < 3% of annual fundraising of the general donation funds (those not targeted at a specific project). Karimu will consider requests for help only if:

  • The need is a true emergency.

  • The social fund for that year hasn’t been exhausted yet.

  • The request is received by an official letter from the Director of the Babati District or another government official with a position higher than the director.

  • Justification and proof of the emergency can be validated by the KAHESO staff.
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    Majengo Primary School destroyed by a storm

Karimu will evaluate the request and officially respond to the government. We will only consider true emergencies if we haven’t exhausted the social fund for that year. Additionally, we will only support efforts where we work directly with the impacted communities, not through other agencies. We will not support emergencies requiring Karimu funds to flow to government officials. US regulations limit the flow of funds from US-based NGOs to government agencies and officials.

This will enable Karimu to provide help to other communities addressing in average 1 emergency per year.

Note that Karimu occasionally expands the scope of projects to neighboring communities when it is opportunistic and efficient to do so.

Here is a list of the projects supported by the social fund or supporting neighboring wards:

2021

2020

2017

2016

Karimu Social Fund

Based on the success and visibility of Karimu and KAHESO within the Babati district and our prior help to district-wide clinics in support of COVID-19 prevention, several villages within the Babati district have come to Karimu requesting support for more projects. This creates a dilemma for us.

Karimu’s operating model and our success we believe is dependent on knowing the communities we serve well, developing trust with community members, and being fully engaged with the community in all aspects of the project. This is not possible with one-off projects. In addition, eliminating poverty requires working on all three pillars: health and sanitation, income and education, and financial services, not just one. Broadening our projects without our full engagement runs counter-strategic to our core mission and operational model.

However, our hearts go out to all communities in the district. To that end Karimu has decided to start a Karimu Social Fund which would support an annual request by the district government to support one or two projects within the district, but outside the wards in which we currently focus. The total funding will be limited to < 3% of annual fundraising of the general donation funds (those not targeted at a specific project). Karimu will consider requests for help only if:

  • The need is a true emergency.

  • The social fund for that year hasn’t been exhausted yet.

  • The request is received by an official letter from the Director of the Babati District or another government official with a position higher than the director.

  • Justification and proof of the emergency can be validated by the KAHESO staff.
    24 - Programs - Social fund - Intext_2.jpg

    Majengo Primary School destroyed by a storm

Karimu will evaluate the request and officially respond to the government. We will only consider true emergencies if we haven’t exhausted the social fund for that year. Additionally, we will only support efforts where we work directly with the impacted communities, not through other agencies. We will not support emergencies requiring Karimu funds to flow to government officials. US regulations limit the flow of funds from US-based NGOs to government agencies and officials.

This will enable Karimu to provide help to other communities addressing in average 1 emergency per year.

Note that Karimu occasionally expands the scope of projects to neighboring communities when it is opportunistic and efficient to do so.

Here is a list of the projects supported by the social fund or supporting neighboring wards:

2021

2020

2017

2016