Funeral and Burial Expenses, Kenya

This Go Fund Me is to raise funds to pay for the funeral and burial expenses for John Khayimba, the young son of two of the most wonderful people in the world, Raphael and Jane Khayimba. John, age 27, died a week ago from unknown causes in Nairobi. He was found dead on the side of the road. Now the family must transport him from central Kenya to Western Kenya, which is prohibitively expensive for the Khayimba family. Raphael and several of his children are in Nairobi now, trying to find the funds to transport the body. I sent $200 via Western Union and was feeling discouraged that I couldn't give more, but then realized I have friends and family who might be willing to chip in. I would like to be able to send money to Raphael as soon as possible (this week), so they can take John's body home. John's mother, Jane, is waiting there.

Raphael and Jane Khayimba welcomed me to their home in Western Kenya 30 years ago, when I was 22. They were my in-country hosts for the year I lived there, teaching in a local school. They are kind, generous and deeply loving people. You can probably see that in this photo below, taken when I went back to visit them 25 years later (carrying Oregon t-shirts for the whole family!). Raphael and Jane have managed to pay to send all of their children to school, which is amazing given their limited means.

Like most families in Western Kenya, they live off of small parcels of land. Not much has changed since 1987. Their home does not have running water. There is little money for anything other than day-to-day living expenses.  

Luckily, the one thing that has changed is communication. One month ago, the Khayimba family called me over FaceTime. We saw each other! I am proud to say my namesake -- Catherine Khayimba -- their 24-year-old daughter -- is teaching her parents about technology. I am so glad to be back in touch with them, and so glad they reached out to me to support them at this time. 

They gave so much to me, so many years ago. I'd like to ask you to help me give back to them. No amount is too small. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. 
28477972_15213863550_r.jpegMe with Jane and Raphael Khayimba (photo by Jinx Faulkner)28477972_15213882260_r.jpeg2012: All of us in the Khayimba home, looking at old photos of ourselves from 1987
28477972_15213863660_r.jpegRaphael and I greeting each other after 25 years. 
Below are photos taken in 1987, when I lived in a mud hut on the Khayimba family compound and taught at a local school.
28477972_15213864620_r.jpegLufina and I getting ready for a photo shoot : )
28477972_15213864200_r.jpegRaphael and Jane Khayimba, 1987
28477972_15213864370_r.jpegA gaggle of "my girls" in front of my home
28477972_15213865520_r.jpegLufina, Jane Wamboi and me


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Kate Raphael 
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