Rafiki Mwema means ‘Loyal Friend’ and that is what we will be to these young girls and boys.
The impact of sexual abuse and the horrific circumstances around the lack of care and support for our girls is heart breaking. We have little girls as young as 2 years old with us, up to teenagers who are now 15. There is so much stigma around being a child who has been raped.
Because we know that working with the girls is really dealing with the product and not with the problem we opened our first boys project 2 years ago. We now have 2 houses where we therapeutically support boys who have survived the horrors of living alone on the streets, some boys from the tiny age of 5 years old. these boys have been beaten, abused, used as sexual playmates for both men and women, often for the price of a cup of tea and without support, could go on to continue that cycle of abuse.
At Rafiki Mwema we work with our boys to respect themselves and others. We give them the values to become safe husbands and fathers. We help them to be able to be loved.
All our children live as a family, but in separate houses. They are therapeutically parented and have regular therapy as individuals and in groups. They are supported to have safe contact with their families. they are loved.
We work with families; in the communities; the schools; churches; villages; with the government officials to ensure the cycle of abuse is broken and children are able to live as children should.
We are totally committed to supporting the children who have experienced things we could not even imagine and to help them heal their trauma. We are looking at a family who will grow to love and be loved.
Sarah, Anne Marie & the Rafiki Mwema Team
As part of our CPP we will never mention our children’s real names online. They have all been given Pseudo names. No picture and story will ever match.