Rafiki Mwema needs your help We are totally committed to loving, educating, providing therapy and supporting our very vulnerable, and extremely gorgeous children through their time with us and beyond, but we are failing to cover our huge monthly costs.
We wanted to share with you this update from one of our volunteers so you can see our organisation from an outsiders eyes. You can find Jemma over on her FB page About to give birth to a baby called Kenya I have been writing this reflection for some time now. I don’t think it will ever really be finished. It has taken me 3 weeks to get it to a point where I am ready to share because each day I learn something new and want to add it here. From the time I started here at Rafiki I have been reflecting on all of my experiences and I have already filled two journals with my inner most private thoughts but now I feel like it’s time to share some of them…
There has been lots of change at our girls house with two of our little ones making the next step home. This is always an anxious time, despite all the months of preparation and planning. We have worked hard with our girls to prepare them for the task of giving evidence in court, that’s after being subjected often to intrusive medical procedures, following their abuse; we have connected and worked with the families and their communities to help them to manage the stigma that their families may encounter – because their baby girl was attacked and violated. Makes no sense for these beautiful baby girls and their families, they are innocent angels, how can they be rejected by the communities that need to protect them. We help change those thoughts.
There are so many things I could tell you about walking around Nakuru town. It’s a busy colourful and bustling place with so many local traditions and sights, but also some real indicators that the area is encouraging tourists. There are several coffee shops which attract mainly European customers, which bring much needed income into the area.
Please bear with me while I share with you some wonderful wonderful news. One of our very traumatised young men has been accepted to catering college. To say his journey has been tough is simply not enough. He has faced more in his 17 years than you could imagine.
What can I say – and where do I start with this trip. I have laughed so much and I have cried a river of tears, sometimes in the same moment! I’m not sure I can do it justice in a blog but I’ll give it a go.
She is the eldest of her three siblings. Her experience was so shocking that it was all over the national news here in Kenya. She and her sisters, and mother, had been systematically beaten and raped by their father, who is now in prison for life. She was very withdrawn and totally overshadowed by her noisy little sisters.
Dan Hughes has been to visit our project in Kenya! That is simply huge and I can’t quite believe it has happened! Dan is the guy who developed Dyadic Developmental Practice and travel the world as a prolific and entertaining speaker. He has written many books and has changed the concept of how to support traumatized children. I love and have studied his work for years.
Have you ever stood in the middle of a dream, not knowing if it was real or not? Have you ever wanted something so much it just HAD to happen? Have you ever thought about the impact of you donating to the Queen’s Castle – I mean REALLY thought about it?
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We’ve built the Queen’s Castle – now we have to fill it up! Hey, remember back on the 22nd March, when Queen Constance Hall shared a linkto rafikimwema.com with an impassioned plea to help raise funds to build a second safe house at our farm in Nakuru, Kenya, for sexually abused little girls? Of course you do, because what happened in the hours and day following her post were a demonstration of the very best of humankind and community.
One of our brave little girls managed to speak this morning in court and tell the magistrate – who was sensitive and caring and the prosecutor who arranged the furniture so she didn’t have to see the accused – what happened to her.
*Lacey has such a special place in the heart of Rafiki Mwema. She was the first child to arrive through our doors from the remand centre over 5 years ago, a malnourished baby girl, covered in cuts ringworm and sores. To say she was strong willed was an understatement – she was bossy, cross and controlling – and I fell in love with her within 2 minutes! I’d love to say the feeling was returned but it most certainly wasn’t! She told me later that her village told her that white people captured small children and cooked them – so sensibly she refused to eat so I would cook another child! No wonder she was stressed!
Most of the board members of Rafiki Mwema live in a small town on the North Coast of NSW called Lennox Head. We have a wonderful community who are constantly supporting our projects. Most recently we have a lovely lady named Kristy who had been following Constance Hall and loved the Queen's Tattoo Tribute that
What an amazing meeting with Dickson's Art (Dickson Inyanje Sore), the guy who is illustrating the new African version of ‘A secret safe to tell’ by Naomi Hunter Author This guy has totally captured the emotion and sense of the story and his pictures had me really emotional. For our meeting I took one of our
Yesterday, yet again, the internet joined forces to really help our amazing children at Rafiki Mwema. It was a day when some incredible lovely strong women saw the need of another and joined in to help. It was a day we added a little more to our dream of safety and security for our Rafiki
4 little boys who we met on the streets yesterday have now joined our family. We simply couldn't leave them there in the pouring rain. We believe they are aged from 5 to 9 years old only and have lived on the streets for years. Our big boys have all agreed that we take them
It is with HUGE excitement that we are launching the new branding and website for Rafiki Mwema. What is new about it is just about everything! Not only do we have new branding by our in house volunteer designer Drawn Upon and a fab new site, designed and built by Castle Design and Reindeer Riot but
Oh what a night! We are not quite sure where to start… It was the most fabulous night. A huge success. Surrounded by wonderful, giving, stunning humans! all there to support Rafiki Mwema.. (ok, ok, I know a lot of people were there just for Constance but we can pretend)
Empowering Resources (Naomi Hunter) and Rafiki Mwema are joining forces to raise funds to create a bilingual Swahili / English copy of A Secret Safe to Tell, by Naomi Hunter. We have commissioned a Kenyan artist to recreate the images with an African basis providing a book that will nurture, educate and empower kids from Kenya