Construction has begun on the Mama Englantine Lucy Marsh Ford Girls Dormitory at Rafiki Jesus Power Girls Boarding High School. Rafiki is truly blessed with growth and expansion of the number of children we are able to serve.
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Today was a day of celebration as the 75 kids of Rafiki Children’s Center were taken to Bata Shoes Factory to shop for late Christmas gifts from our friends, Sarah Hambley, from Columbus, OH, Rev. Marian Cavagnaro, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Rev. E. Flemister, Tampa, FL and Lauren Flemister, St. Auburn, WA. Also, in addition to a pair of shoes, every child received a pair of socks. The balance of the gifted money took care of other needs at the Center. Thank you friends for your generous gifts.
The Rafiki Tailoring School is made possible by grants from the Diocese of Southern Ohio. Plans are underway to start admitting students in March 2016. Proud of our hard working staff led by Ruth, a Rafiki graduate, and Esther. Please pray for this project to grow and impact so many kids all for the honor and glory of God. Plans to start taking orders online soon.
Rafiki Academy pupils and teachers took an end of year field trip to the game park in Nyahururu. Thanks to Rafiki drivers Ndungu and Kairie for their careful driving. John Kiarie is one of the Rafiki beneficiaries. The kids look forward to this trip every year. Thanks Rafiki sponsors and parents of the community kids for making this happen. Thank God we did not have to rent a bus, the Lord has provided using Friends of Rafiki in the USA. Join us in prayers as we trust God for another larger bus. The Academy continues to grow and with excellent academic results from 2015 pupils, we anticipate more students coming this year.
The first candidates from the Rafiki Academy have done very well. Our top student got 344 marks out of 500. These are very high marks and we thank God for all the teachers and the supporting cast for all the hard work under the Head Teacher Barnard and all the board members. Watch out 2016, we are coming. Congratulations!
The Miller Foundation, a non–partisan, non-profit making organization funded by partners and well-wishers, has agreed to partner with Rafiki in assisting two of our college students. Since its inception in 2005, the Foundation is dedicated to the improving the quality of life for girls and women throughout Kenya, alleviating of poverty, providing health care and promoting of justice, peace, cultural values and human rights. Below are photos from their visit in November 2012.
Perhaps the most ambitious of all of our projects at this point is to bring education of our kids in- house. The establishment of Rafiki Academy is the embodiment of that dream. Our own school, our own Principal and teachers, classes of 25 students rather than 50 or 60, will greatly benefit our kids. But they won’t be isolated. Fully 2/3rds of the students will be from the community (and be paying us school fees they would pay to the government) so that we will be fostering good relations with the community.
Four extra rooms in the Newark Rotary Technical School are being refurbished to accommodate three of the early classes (up to Form I). A generous grant from Rotary Clubs and District 6690 in central Ohio, areproviding the funds for equipment and supplies in the classrooms, including computers. Bryan Beske is pivotal in our long term efforts to develop an endowment fund to finance the school in perpetuity. All the physical equipment in the classrooms (excluding computer and electronic equipment) is made on site by Rafiki’s carpenters, welders, and others.
In the meantime, our biggest single budget item is school fees for all of our kids, which will continue for the many years it will take us to ramp up Rafiki Academy. Generous support from the Mission Council of First Community Church is helping us with that all important aspect of our mission.
Members of the August travel group were treated to some great culinary treats. Agnes Nyakio, a Rafiki Catering student, working with Geoffrey, who is interested in becoming a chef, transformed quality ingredients into a true gourmet meal. Serving was perfect and rivaled the Carnivore for elegance.