KARIMU is an expressive and beautiful word in Kiswahili that means hospitality, benevolence, giving, generous, open-handed and neighborly.

KARIMU is a 501(c)(3), co-founded by Jessie Mackay and Tally Bandy, born out of a need to provide a safe place for donations from those who have heard their story and who want to do something to help at the grassroots’ level.  Karimu can help individuals or organizations that would like to be personally involved.  Perhaps you would like to go to Tanzania, a stunningly beautiful country, and volunteer yourself, or maybe your club, organization or church would like to sponsor or conduct a project.  We can make the connections for you with individuals in Tanzania, or if it is in your heart to contribute financially, no amount is too little.  One of Tally’s students had to beg for 5,000 Tanzanian shillings, less than $5.00 in order to take his sick child to the hospital.  Five month old Martin Nyemo died as a result of malaria for want of $5.00 for mosquito netting.  It is estimated that a child dies every thirty seconds in Africa, many from malaria, a disease that kills 3 1/2 to 5 million people annually.  People are not living on the edge of survival;  i they are dying by the millions for lack of food and lack of access to the most basic human needs.  Twenty dollars provides maize for a family for 4 to 6 weeks.  Karimu believes this and all inuustices of poverty deserve our attention.

Follow Jessie & Tally's Journey on their blog: www.karimutanzania.com