A message from Ahmed M. Obo, owner of Jambo Café, Jambo Hapa, and Jambo Imports in Santa Fe, NM, and founder of Jambo Kids Foundation:

The people in the Lamu islands face serious health care, education, and quality of life challenges. While Lamu is a UN National Heritage site, available employment for residents is difficult to find, especially with regional conflict minimizing the tourist trade, typically the most viable incoming producing activity on the islands.

Quality medical care is often hard to come by. Many people, including members of my own family, have died from illness that is easily treatable in the United States. Asthma is an example.

In the 20 years I have lived in the U.S., I have been able to help my family achieve a better life. I am driven to give back to the community that nurtured me.  It gives me great joy to see the changes I have made in the lives of friends and family in Lamu. I hope you will join me in this endeavor.

Many people contribute to the continued success of the Jambo Kids Foundation. Thank you to the Jambo Café and Jambo Imports customers, whose generous donations allow the Jambo Kids Clinic to meet the needs of the people of Lamu. I have known many of you for years and I consider you my friends. I especially want to thank the staff at Jambo Café for your support. Specifically Vince Onchanga, who has been with me since I first opened the restaurant seven years ago and Azael Ruíz who always shows up for every event and has been instrumental in the look and feel of both Jambo Cafe and Jambo Imports.

I would like to honor Paul Gotkin, my original partner in this endeavor. Paul died in early 2015, but he would be proud to know of our plans to expand and fully embrace our mission in Lamu.

Asante Sana,
Ahmed M. Obo


thank you

Your care and compassion can be best transformed into a financial donation.  Your donation is critical in continuing health and wellness services for the children and families of Lamu.

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Jambo Kids Foundation
1704-B Llano Street #200
Santa Fe, NM 87505