FAQ

CFK Frequently Asked Questions

I have some clothing and sports equipment; can I donate it to you?

Unfortunately, we do not accept material goods donations. The cost of storage, shipping, and customs fees is simply prohibitive. We do accept monetary donations to buy equipment in Kenya and support the local economy. Donate now.

I’d like to donate some items, can I ship it to your office in Kenya?

Sadly, shipping goods to Kenya is quite costly and unpredictable. For most packages, customs fees are charged to the receiving party. Because the fees can be quite high, we can only accept any packages shipped directly to Kenya if the shipper agrees to cover any and all customs fees.

What is CFK’s connection to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill?

CFK is a major affiliated entity of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As such, UNC provides significant in-kind support for CFK, including office space, accounting services, and access to the university’s vast network of talented faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

What is CFK’s connection to the Center for Global Initiatives?

CFK is a program of the Center for Global Initiatives (CGI) on the campus of the University of North Carolina (UNC). CGI is our home on the UNC campus. Learn More about their funding opportunities and programs.

I’m going to be in Kenya and I’d like to visit CFK, can I?

Karibu! (Welcome) We are happy to host you for a brief visit to meet our staff and see the vibrant, dynamic community in which we work. To offset the cost of arranging your visit, we ask that you consider making a small contribution (KSH 500-1,000 recommended). To learn more about planning a visit to CFK, read this. To request a visit, please send a brief email including your intended visit dates to cfk@unc.edu

I’m working on a thesis/research project; can CFK provide some info to assist me?

CFK’s staff is in the field daily working with the community and running our projects. We do not have the time to respond to specific requests of researchers.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Carolina for Kibera, Inc. is a registered 501c3 non-profit and all donations made to the organization are tax-deductible. Donations may also be made to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and marked to be designated for Carolina for Kibera. Donors giving through the website or by check will receive an official tax receipt directly from CFK, whereas those who give through UNC will receive a tax receipt from UNC. Donate now.

Can I volunteer or intern with CFK?

From time to time, CFK accepts long-term interns and has fellowship opportunities. Please visit our Fellowship page to learn more.

Why does CFK focus on the youth of Kibera?

“Youth are the leaders of today and tomorrow” – CFK Co-Founder, Salim Mohamed

It is estimated that 50% of the population of Kibera is under 18. We believe that by investing in the health, education, and financial empowerment of youth, we can create lasting and transformative change. Our youth-led programs strive to address both the symptoms and root causes of poverty and are designed to inspire leadership while benefiting the entire Kibera community.