It is with great disappointment and heavy hearts that we advise you of our decision to postpone our upcoming events and trainings, including ‘An African Affair’ gala on the Gold Coast and our training, Living with Trauma in Sydney and Building Attachments in Melbourne.
This comes amid growing concerns for public health in light of Covid19 and the rapid spread that can occur at large social gatherings and follows the government announcing that all non-essential meetings should be limited.
At this stage we are not able to plan new dates for these events and trainings due to the uncertainty surrounding the virus.
We are devastated at the cancellation of these events after the many months of planning and work that has gone into them, but we are also extremely aware of the risks that are involved and our responsibilities.
We had our heart set on launching ‘Rafiki Social’ on the night and were so excited to share with you our ideas and plans and hope we can do so in the very near future.
In times of uncertainty, we need to keep all things in mind and this includes the impact of Covid19 in Nakuru and making sure our children are safe and have access to quality health care should it be required. We need to ensure we are prepared and able to continue our operations whilst also managing funds to support our children and employees, if and when we need to prepare for isolation in Kenya and provide any required medical treatment. Yesterday President Uhuru announced suspended travel from any country that have reported cases into Kenya and also suspended learning in all schools so we are going to have a very busy farm with our children not going out to school.
We still need your help, now more than ever and there are a few ways you can still support us in the absence of these events, which we were heavily relying on financially.
As you may already know, we have an amazing raffle, ‘A Piece of Africa’, which is an online raffle. You can purchase tickets now for $100 and purchasing a ticket means you are in for a 1 in 300 chance of winning a trip of a lifetime for 2 people to Kenya to experience a Safari with Tourica Tours! The runner up will win an incredible painting by Hippocrockaduck, with 100% of the profits come back Rafiki Mwema.
We have some incredible items that were going up for auction at the Gold Coast Gala which will now be available via an online auction scheduled to start on the same day (March 28) but this time we will do everything virtually! You will have the chance to support us and get your hands on some incredible items at the same time. Stay tuned for our online Auction.
As always, we are grateful for donations, no matter how much. Even the smallest amount can make a world of difference to the life of a child in Kenya.
You can make a one-off donation or a recurring donation of any amount over on our website here.
See our website here for the more information about our work and other ways you can help us.
Once again, we thank you for your understanding and support. We need you now more than ever.
Stay safe and remember in these challenging times, we need continue to be considerate, calm and kind and look out for each other.
Sarah Rosborg and Rafiki Mwema Board of Directors