Since third grade Marilyn Cohn has cradled a tender space in her heart for the misfortunes of Africans, and a call from God at the age of 20 jettisoned her to Africa where she has built schools and provided general aid for her African friends.
Now, her passion for Africa has blossomed into opening Karibu African Import Store (2616 Colorado Ave.) in Old Colorado City where she sells clothing, art and wood carvings, among other items imported from Africa and exported to the aid organization Chosen Children International.
CCI works in the slum of Mitume, Kenya, a city dilapidated from AIDS and tribal warfare, where the largest concentration of Kenya’s street children and orphans live. CCI sponsors educational opportunities for the orphaned children at schools built by the organization and staffed by surviving tribe members.
Cohn visits the tribe twice a year and personally knows many of the children, stating “education is the solution to poverty.”
The store celebrated its grand opening over Memorial Day weekend and Cohn is currently looking for volunteers to help. The store is open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. If you're interested in helping out, you can reach her at the shop or contact her at 634-5437.
For Cohn, her service toward Africans has come full circle as the passion borne in third grade is birthing positive action in the lives of children around the same age — visit Karibu Import Store and exchange your change for change.