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Columbus group visits Rafiki

rafiki travelers

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.


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.


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.


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


Shopping trip to Bata Shoe Factory

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.

KCPE results: Rafiki students excel

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!

KCPE Photo


Rev. John & Faith 25th Wedding Anniversary

Wedding dayYou are cordially invited to celebrate the
25th Wedding Anniversary of Rev. John
and Faith Nganga
. Please join them in
commemorating their special day.

Saturday, June 13, 2015
1-3 pm
Service of Celebration & Worship

4 pm

St Benedict’s Episcopal Church
7801 NW 5th St, Plantation,FL 33324 http://www.saintbenedicts.org
(954) 473-6578


Hotel Accommodations for Out of Town Guests

Motel 6 Pompano Beach
1201 NW 31st Ave
Florida Turnpike at 31st Ave, Exit #67
Pompano Beach, FL 33069
Group Name: Rev John and Faith 25th Wedding Anniv.
Group Number: M037100045

Room Block June 10-14, 2015
Group rates $53.99-$67.99 per night

Motel 6 Ft Lauderdale
1801 SR 84 West
I-95 at SR 84, Exit #25
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33315
Group Name: Rev John and Faith 25th Wedding Anniv.
Group Number: M005500187

Room Block June 10-14, 2015
Group rates $63.99-$77.99 per night


8th Annual Walkathon

On August 3, 2013, the Rafiki children took to the streets for the Rafiki AIDS Ministry 8th Annual Walkathon. They were joined by visitors from the United States (including Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania), the Rotary Club of Kikuyu, and many other surrounding community organizations and supporters. Despite the cold and rain, so many people turned out to raise funds for this most worthy cause. Bishop Nathan and other pastors did a great job of leading the dedications and all the prayers of thanksgiving. Three hundred ninety (390) trees were planted on that day.


Rafiki orphanage and friends lead the Walkathon













Rafiki kids and guests gather before the Walkathon

Rafiki kids and guests gather before the Walkathon

Rafiki Children Confirmation Ceremony

On Saturday, November 17, 2013, four of the Rafiki children were welcomed into the church at their Confirmation ceremony. It was a glorious day in the Lord for all involved.

First Confirmation for 4 of the Rafiki Children

First Confirmation for little Mary

Faith has her First Confirmation

Young Rafiki girl on her First Confirmation Day

Rafiki children have their First Confirmation