Christian Kibabu's Memorial Fund

On Monday, July 10th, the Burlington High School community lost a beloved friend, Christian (Chris) Kibabu. Chris was a rising senior on the BHS soccer team in Burlington, Vermont. On Monday afternoon, while swimming in Lake Champlain with his friends from the soccer team, he drowned.

This campaign has been created to support his family as they prepare his funeral. Costs of a funeral and burial can cost over $10,000. For this refugee background family from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the cost is overwhelming.

Please consider contributing to this fund and sharing the campaign wide and far to support his family in this time of profound loss and grief.

Help us help them so they can focus on remembering their son rather than battling the uphill financial battle incurred during this time.

Here is a picture of Chris celebrating on the field with his teammates.

Here is a link to a story about Chris and the tragic incident.

*My relationship to the family: I am a professor at St. Michael's College in Vermont. I teach adults with refugee backgrounds from Burundi and the DRC. This family is part of this community. A member of the community requested that I create this page when I offered support.

*Transferring of Funds to the Family: I am in contact with staff at Burlington High School who will facilitate the transfer of funds to this family. This is a community effort.

*GoFundMe takes 7.9% of the contributions; the rest will go directly to the family.

Please contact me if you have any questions about this campaign.


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