I was asked today about how one of our older boys is doing and I had to pause for a moment. Could I imagine walking a day in his shoes? This young man has endured a life of torture pain and fear and just managed to come to us before he technically became an adult.
Our young boy comes from one the most horrific backgrounds you could imagine, and the biggest miracle is that he survived the sadistic abuse that he lived through. He was the second born of 4 children. He had a very gentle loving Mama and his tortured face softens when he remembers tiny bits about his
Things are pretty ok over in Kenya – something not easy to say when you are therapeutically parenting 66 children, many of them teenagers, so I guess our interpretation of ok may vary to yours!
Can I take a moment to say a few things about this amazing man. He is a true and loyal friend to Rafiki Mwema and Play Kenya but so much more. I met Jimmy on my very first trip to Kenya 12 years ago this year and he has supported everything on our journey Jimmy
Being in Kenya is always a roller coaster of emotion and none more than this trip. I find that I move from laughing to crying from moment to moment. Things are pretty full on at this moment and we face some tough decisions in the next few days – when that happens you can forget
This memory from 4 years ago has made me so emotional tonight… These boys are now turning into adults. Our love is immense and we could not do this life changing work without you.
Feeling proud and emotional and missing our Kenyan family more than ever at this special time of year. After our ‘feed our family in town’ campaign yesterday, we had such a wonderful response from you all and it was recieved well in town and our boys enjoyed the day so much.
The Yaru Foundation is excited to announce the launch of its latest project, to help provide world-class therapeutic treatment for Indigenous children who have experienced severe trauma.
The past of one of our beautiful girls is continuing to haunt her. This Rafiki Angel has a past life that I don’t think many of us could survive. She was prostituted for 10 years until she came to us at 12 years old. She is now 17. She struggles in daily life but she
To sit and listen is a gift given to us. To sit and hear more about the lives our children lived before they came to us, feels like trying to breathe underwater. You are held motionless wrapped in the hugeness of the words that you can’t quite believe you are hearing. You dare not breathe
Their faces around the table, filled with excitement and expectancy. They waited and listened and responded. They asked questions that were direct and brutal. They looked straight into your soul or they kept their eyes cast down to the table. Either way, you felt the full weight of their shame and anger.
This may be one the most mind-blowing moments of our project. The day the video link went live really can’t tell the story of the eight years prior. Eight years of planning, talking, being told how ridiculous our plan was; Anne-Marie being turned away from meetings because she was a ‘silly woman’ and yet the
*** The picture does not relate to the story*** We try so hard for all our children to search for their family and build a connection, but sometimes news is not good. We are not saying they must return home as, for many of our boys, this is not an option due to physical and
I’d like to talk about our staff at Play Kenya and Rafiki Mwema. Where do I begin? We ask SO much of them, not because we are tough employers, at least I don’t think we are, but we ask them to change their thinking so much. Not all our staff come from safe and gentle
You might see a lot of photos with our children playing, swimming, dancing and there is a really good reason for that! When we first started working with our boys, it was when they lived very tough and dangerous lives on the streets of town. I had always had a want to work with these
Everyday good things happen in our four therapeutic houses. Everyday a small change happens taking one of our Kings or Queens striding on towards a ultimate goal – but somedays are just AMAZING!!! Today is one of those days Two years ago a small frightened little girl arrived in our house. She was five years
Sitting at breakfast this trip has been a joy. We have taken two boys from our older Kings house with us each morning. It gives me a way of ensuring I spend time with them all, as I have a crazy busy agenda while I’m here. It has other impacts to. Many of the boys
I am not sure where to start with this post. It is long overdue.. It should have come months ago when Laura from Asante Adventures started ‘Safari Mwema’ for Rafiki Mwema. It should have come while all of the wonderful participants where busy working hard raising funds to reach their $2000 target or perhaps it