Rafiki Mwema Founder, Sarah Rosborg, has formally been recognised by the Parliament of NSW for her tireless campaigning on behalf of our children.
In a statement to Parliament, Tamara Smith MP acknowledged the impact of Sarah’s passion, energy and determination to support traumatised children in Kenya. In doing so, the work of Rafiki Mwema has been highlighted to an even greater audience on a national level.
You can read the full statement below.
Rafiki Mwema recognised in NSW Parliament
Parliament quote from Ms TAMARA SMITH (Ballina), 12th May 2021 –
“Today I recognise the remarkable work of Lennox Head woman Sarah Rosborg, co-founder of Rafiki Mwema, a charity based in Ballina that provides support, therapeutic parenting and a safe haven for girls and young women in Kenya who have been sexually abused.”
“Rafiki Mwema (meaning ‘Loyal Friend’) provides housing and education for girls and boys who have survived horrific abuse living on the streets. Rafiki Mwema teaches boys to respect themselves and others and models positive behaviours towards women so that they are supported to mature as safe men, husbands and fathers. For the girls – some just infants – the trauma of sexual abuse is compounded by the stigma that follows.”
“One of the group’s great achievements is ensuring that video links are provided in courtrooms so that victims do not have to be near perpetrators. From fundraising efforts that helped keep the doors open nine years ago, to a full-time commitment to the cause today, Sarah works tirelessly with Kenyan people and officials and with a board of Australian women and committees around the world to transform the lives of children. Seventy children are safe today, and 80 more being fed daily through a Rafiki Mwema project.”