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Christmas at Rafiki

Thank God for all the local and international donors who made this a great Christmas at Rafiki. We wish you a blessed and prosperous 2020. Sharing our photo gallery of memories created below.

Rev. Nganga’s visit to the states

Rev. John Nganga recently returned to Florida for a month long visit and wishes to share some photos with you. He returned to Kenya and the Rafiki family on December 17th and sends blessings to all as we enter into 2020.

Farm Workers Church Donations

The Rafiki family received many needed donations prior to Christmas from one of Farm Workers Church. Many thanks to them for blessing us this Christmas season.

Rafiki family plants flowers

The Rafiki family and kids have been planting flowers during the holidays among other activities to beautify their space. Reverend John Nganga thanks everyone for all of your prayers and support.

Dr. Davis visits Rafiki

Upendo Choir from Tanzania joins in the celebration.

Dr. Terry Davis recently traveled overseas for his annual trip to Rafiki and is delighted to report that all is well at the Rafiki Children’s Center. The weekend was a great celebration of multiple accomplishments of our founder, the Rev. Dr. John Nganga.

On Saturday, February 17, a service of Thanksgiving was held to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Founding of Rafiki, the 30th Anniversary of Rev. John’s ordination and Rev. John’s 56th birthday! And what a celebration it was, we also celebrated the renaming of the Academy to Rafiki Terry Davis Academy. We were honored that the Upendo Choir traveled to Kenya to join in the celebration and provide their own brand of spectacular music.

Cakes for the occasions.

Click here to read Dr. Davis’ full report and see more photos.

Terry Davis
Columbus, OH
February 2018

Columbus group visits Rafiki

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From left to right: Ted Celeste, Terry Davis, Arnett Howard, Karen Heiser, Steve Heiser and Bobbie Celeste

In early March, Dr. Terry Davis led a small group to Kenya to witness all that is happening at Rafiki Children’s Center. The group consisted of fellow Rotarian Steve Heiser from the Columbus Club and his wife, Karen, a colleague at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Also along were Ted and Bobbie Celeste, pillars of First Community Church, which has been a huge supporter of Rafiki. Rounding out the group was Arnett Howard – a very popular jazz musician in the central Ohio area. Reverend John Nganga was able to join them from Florida.

Click here to download and read full detailed report from Dr. Davis.

Rafiki kids attend Christmas party

The kids from Rafiki Children Center attended a Christmas party, hosted by Catherine Gatheru anxmas1d her team at the International School of Kenya. The kids
were very grateful and appreciate for all the unconditional love and gifts they received. Please remember the kids at this time of Christmas and use the donation button on this site to donate online. We shall for ever be grateful to all those that have extended their hand of support for the last 17 years since Rafiki was birthed. All the honor and glory belongs to God. Shalom.

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Introducing Updendo Clinic Staff

Martin Nyaga (Lab Technologist), Mercy Wandere (Nurse), Amos Kanja (Deputy Administrator) and Reverend John Nganga

Amos Kanja, Deputy Administrator, introduces Mercy Wandere, the Dr. Terry and Barbara Davis Upendo Clinic Nurse, and Martin Nyaga, a Rafiki beneficiary, sponsored for so many years by Overbrook Presbyterian Church, Columbus, Ohio. Martin now works at the Clinic as a Lab Technologist. We have also Sarah who is working in the Dental department. We thank God for how far we have come. We press on in the mission of providing quality healthcare to our Rafiki family and members of the community.

Rafiki Family visits Emanuel Church

story2aOn September 11, 2016, Ven. Kamau from Ngong Archdeaconry invited the Rafiki Family to worship at Emanuel Church. Reverend John Nganga preached and shared communion with the church family. The congregation donated clothing and money to support the children of Rafiki. Their love touched us.

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September Rafiki Reunion

On September 3, 2016, we had a very successful reunion of all the Rafiki Family. There was the first generation that started with us, many married and now working. We also had second generation, now in College and High School, and with the current third generation of the 75 kids at the center. What a joy it was to see the faithfulness of God!! 14448914_1373837335967375_8219413522347987428_nThank God for an entire army of faithful friends who have contributed to make this dream a reality. We press on.

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One of our younger 3rd generation kids with Reverend John Nganga

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