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A Closer Look at Development: The Rafiki Foundation

In our ‘A Closer Look’ series, we highlight an organization which puts a high value on aid or the development of vulnerable locations. We’re highlighting the compassionate Rafiki Foundation in the second edition of our new series.

The development of the wellbeing of children

According to Amnesty International, children’s rights are the human rights of children with particular attention to the rights, special protection and care afforded to minors. Millions of children are affected daily by war, poverty, and human rights abuse. Especially in Africa, probably the most vulnerable continent on our planet. Much good work is being done every day. For instance, in 1990, 1 in 6 children died before their fifth birthday in Eastern and Southern Africa; by 2012, this number had dropped to 1 in 3 and many low-income countries in Africa have all established reductions, in absolute terms, of more than 100 deaths per 1,000 live births. We’re thankful to every humanitarian organization and humanitarian who’re willing to put a real effort into the development of a better Africa.

The mission of the faith-based Rafiki Foundation is to help Africans know God and raise their standards of living by developing in terms of excellence and integrity. They improve the lives of many vulnerable people by caring for and educating orphans, providing materials and training in education and Bible study and giving economic opportunities to widows. The Rafiki Foundation entails multiple initiatives all dedicated to helping those who need it most:

  • Rafiki’s Programs
    The Rafiki Foundation sends out qualified professionals to work with African nationals to promote and develop the physical, spiritual, educational, and social well-being of children and widows through its programs.
  • Rafiki Training Villages
    The Rafiki Training Villages perform two main functions. First, they provide living, medical, and educational facilities for orphans and vulnerable children in ten of Africa's most impoverished nations. Second, they train African church partners in education, help them improve their schools, and support their widows. Long-term missionaries operate the Rafiki Training Villages with the assistance of national workers and short-term missionaries. Together this team accomplishes the dual purpose of the Rafiki Training Villages—to help orphans and widows and train others to do the same.
  • Rafiki Home Office
    The Home Office supports the work in Africa by training workers, the development of materials, and facilitating the needs of the Rafiki Training Villages. The Home Office is located in the city of Eustis in central Florida on fifty-seven acres that adjoin a nature preserve. The complex of buildings replicates the design of a Rafiki Training Village in Africa. The Home Office houses the administrative offices, training facilities, printing facilities, and the Rafiki Exchange. There are many opportunities available for those who wish to volunteer.
  • Rafiki Exchange
    Located at the Home Office, the Rafiki Exchange sells unique handcrafts from ten African countries that are fashioned by African women through the Widows Program. Proceeds from the sales provide much-needed income to the widows and impoverished women of the African churches.

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We are closely related to the faith-based Rafiki Foundation and other like-minded organizations that put great emphasis on the development of the condition of children and the local population. They could be NGOs, volunteer or faith-based organizations. We are propelled by our corresponding compassionate goal of helping people who need it most. Be sure to browse through our daily updated News & Community section if you want to learn more about that which inspires us, our vision and our goals as a travel management company.