The first publication of Karibu News came out on July 22, 2015 which means that we’re celebrating our second year anniversary of serving the community. When I started this publication, my goal was to break the language barrier and have a newspaper to integrate and to link immigrants and refugees in the community. There is no doubt that Karibu News has become a reliable source of information for newcomers and multilingual families, as well as a bridge between New Americans and citizens.
While two years, as business, we definitely faced a lot of challenges on the market like any other business starting up. On the other hand, we’ve had different people and organizations recognizing our efforts in building a great community.
In January 2016, I, as publisher of Karibu News, received an award for Entrepreneur of the Year from Rich Products and the Westminster Economic Development Initiative (WEDI), recognizing Karibu News contribution in the community.
In October, 2016, Karibu News won a business competition, The Pitch, organized by 43 North, ECIDA – New York Business Development Council and Excelsior Growth Fund. The main goal for The Pitch was to highlight women and minority-owned businesses and reach out to those communities for participation in the startup scene.
And in February, 2017, we received an award from the New York African Studies Association as a local organization serving the community. Recently, the Burmese Community Services, Inc. has recognized Karibu News for our generous contributions and sponsorship of, the Burmese Water Festival. Karibu News has been involved in different activities and sponsored some community events such as the 2017 World Refugee Day.
After two years we keep straggling and facing some challenges. We are still working on increasing out team and circulation not only in Buffalo, but in other cities. Our next step is to increase our visibility on our website and through social media to expand our objectives at Karibu News.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all people, individuals or organizations that have supported this start up throughout our journey to become a platform that represents the voices of immigrant and refugee populations in Buffalo. I want express many thanks to all advertisers, contributors, volunteers and readers for you contributions.