What makes us proud
The first "Kenya help us" auction
Sarah Rosborg raised $17,000 to keep Rafiki Mwema open, which at the time had 22 girls in a rented house
Rafiki Mwema established in Australia
Sarah got her mates together in Lennox Head and convinced them to join the board of the brand new charity Rafiki Mwema
A house for the boys
After seeing first-hand how the children living on the streets were treated, we were compelled to do something and set about raising the funds to rent a house and provide the children with some safety.
All children fully sponsored
Within 3 months of establishing Rafiki Mwema in Australia Sarah and the team had found enough sponsors to cover the running costs for the rented house, which at the time was $5000AUD/month
A forever home
Noel and Kate Doyle, long term followers of Rafiki Mwema, commit to purchase a farm for the security and stability of the children. The small girls moved to the farm shortly after
The Queens Castle
Constance Hall heard about the work of Rafiki Mwema and the need to build a second home on Doyle Farm for the big girls and set up a fundraiser with a goal of $75k. It raised a grand total of $200,000AUD!
After the exposure of the Queens Castle fundraiser, Rafiki Mwema Australia rebranded and officially changed their vision to include supporting boys as well as the girls
Rafiki Mwema ambassadors Constance Hall and Celeste Barber joined forces online to raise funds for a much needed road to access our new farm. This road means a five minute comfortable drive directly from the highway instead of the windy hour long trip through bumpy terrain we had to endure previously. It means we have quick and safe access to the farm and we are forever grateful.
Queens Castle Grand Opening
With the funds raised we were not only able to build the Queens Castle, but also Malkia Mtoto (Little Queen), a small house used to transition new girls into Rafiki Mwema, as well as an office for the staff.
Dr. Dan visits Rafiki Mwema
Dr. Dan Hughes developed DDP, a therapy model. His visit to the farm was highly anticipated and he was loved by all. We were all left inspired by his teachings.
The first video link
Three years after successfully raising the funds, after many loopholes and red tape, the dream of installing a video link in the local courthouse finally became a reality. It is the first of its kind in Kenya and one of our proudest achievements.
"Kenya help us" auction #2
The second "Kenya help us" auction raised $13,161.
Paul Harris Fellow Award
After a decade of working in Kenya with various organisations Sarah Rosborg was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow Award by Rotary International.
Constance Hall donated $1 from every Like A Queen book and raised $170k to build the Kings Castle. We never thought we could recreate what we built with the Queens Castle donations, but Constance Hall made it a reality for our boys to move to Doyle Farm in a castle fit for a King!
EcoTan pledge $100k
Ambassador Celeste Barber has brought so much to our charity and one of the greatest things she has done is to introduce Sonya Driver to Rafiki Mwema. Sonya pledged to raise $100k to help cover our running costs and she didn't disappoint.
Kings Castle Grand Opening
We were lucky enough to welcome Constance Hall and her beautiful family to Kenya to celebrate the grand opening of the Kings Castle, the house she personally funded with proceeds from her bestselling book Like A Queen.
Greenhouses and cows for our farm
Our loyal supporter Laura submitted a winning grant to Association Femmes d’Europe which enabled us to build two greenhouses and buy two dairy cows for our farm, taking us closer to our goal of self-sufficiency.
Our very own hand cream by Eco Tan
After Sonya Driver pledged $100k to Rafiki Mwema it was obvious that we had stolen her heart and she wanted to help us long term. She got straight to work on creating a hand and nail cream and 6 months later this life changing product was launched. This hand cream is now sold worldwide and also in every Myer store in Australia.
Kings and Queens Documentary
After Constance Hall's life-changing visit to Kenya to see the castles that she made possible, she funded a documentary to raise awareness for the work we do in Kenya. We held a launch viewing in our founder Sarah Rosborg's hometown of Lennox Head and there was not a dry eye in the house.
Second Video Link
After a three year old girl couldn't bear to testify against her rapist and ran away from the court in tears not once but twice, Sarah got angry, and so did Rafiki's loyal followers. Sarah pledged to put the anger to good use and created a crowdfunding page to fund a second video link.
Thanks to the trekkers who climbed mountains in New Zealand in February 2019 and our ever loyal Constance Hall, we were able to build a house for our *Elizabeth, a girl so severely traumatised she can never leave the care of Rafiki Mwema. āhuru mōwai is a house on our farm where she will live with a dedicated carer/auntie in the safety and love that she deserves.
The official Instagram account of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided to honour Rafiki Mwema by choosing us as one of the 15 Instagram accounts they followed for the month of August 2019. The prompt was: "We want to know who YOUR Force for Change is". Plenty of media appearances followed and awareness was raised.
Rafiki Jasiri School
Thanks to the gala dinner held by Mandy, Kasey and Amy, and the first ever Rafiki Mwema An African Affair event, the dream of a school on Doyle Farm is becoming reality. This school will make sure that our small girls can learn in a safe and loving environment, while they heal from the trauma they have suffered.
Feeding Program increases days
After Covid changing the world and the curfew placed on Nakuru town the street children we fed once a week were facing death with no one to beg from or scraps to eat. We took the plunge and increased our meals from each Sunday to every day.
Rosey House Opened
Thanks to the generosity of our beautiful friend Chantelle Ellem, who runs the hugely popular blog, Fat Mum Slim and an online auction, we’ve rented a home called Rosey House. Rosey House will be a supportive transition home for our Rafiki girls when they turn 18, ensuring they are not alone when they move back into the community.
Employee of the Month Launched
Rafiki Mwema Kenya launch the Employee of the Month program and the results are incredible. The enthusiasm and joy from the staff is wonderful. Each month they vote for their fellow staff mates and on the first Monday of the month we announce a winner who is celebrated with a certificate and voucher.
With the support from Grandma Doyle, Rafiki Mwema were able to support the local courts and children's departments with desktop computers to ensure that more court cases could be heard online due to the backlog of cases due to Covid.