Sending gifts to our Rafiki Kids this Christmas


I am often approached about people wanting to send our children things for Christmas. Normally I decline as we have no way to get the items to Kenya.. BUT this year myself (Sarah) and Anne Marie are travelling to Kenya at the beginning of December.

We would like to give each child a bag of goodies for them to be able to open for their Christmas surprise. When you have 66 children this is quite the task and I simply do not have the time or money to look for these presents for our kids. So I thought, why not put the call out to you guys so see if you can send some gifts/a gift (of any kind) to me in Australia or Anne Marie in the UK and we can wrap and disperse into each childโ€™s gift bag.

๐Ÿคท๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธSo what to send?

We have boys and girls from age 5-17. So anything small/light that we could wrap and pack and take to Kenya with us. Something that would make our kids smile!

Please leave the gifts UNWRAPPED so we can wrap and distribute to each child’s bag separately as we see best.

I will photograph every package that is recieved and add to my instagram stories so you know when it has arrived safe and sound. (follow me at )

โฐ When to send?

We would love to have everything by November 20 so we can wrap and pack before we head off and buy any last minute items we might need.

๐Ÿ“ฆWhere to send?

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง If you are in the UK you can send to:

Anne Marie Tipper
68, Lupin Ride,
Crowthorne, RG45 6UR
United Kingdom

(Authority to Leave)

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ If you are in Australia you can send to:

Sarah Rosborg
1 Andrew Place
Lennox Head NSW 2478

(Authority to Leave)

Any questions please reach out below!

Thank you in advance to those who help us with our Christmas shopping! I can’t wait to celebrate with our children and watch them enjoy like all children deserve. ๐Ÿ™โฃ๏ธ

By |2018-10-29T16:24:53+00:00October 28th, 2018|Blog, Supporters|36 Comments


  1. Lynsay Cleary October 29, 2018 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    Can we send the gifts to specifically to our sponsor child? Also Iโ€™d love some ideas of what to send to you for the girls ๐Ÿ˜

    • sarah October 29, 2018 at 4:26 pm - Reply

      Yes Lynsay, You can send for your child and I will include in their bag. Its so hard to say what to send the girls.. what ever you would give girls here! just make sure it is light and small so i can take with me. xx

  2. Rach October 29, 2018 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    Is there anything in particular that you would love the kids to have or not have included in their gifts? I am a year 2 teacher and would love to get the kids in my class involved if I can swing it. Are books okay?

    • sarah October 29, 2018 at 9:28 pm - Reply

      nothing that we dont want included. books are great although they weigh quite a bit once i get many.. anything you send will be great! thank you xxx

  3. Rita October 29, 2018 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    Will you see jandi b4 u go? I’ll get something and give it to her for u if thats Ok?

    • sarah October 29, 2018 at 9:27 pm - Reply

      Ill see her on the weekend of Nov 17 but you may not see her before then?

  4. Carla October 29, 2018 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    Hi Sarah, (sorry not sure if this is a silly question!) but do the kids speak English? Wondering if small childrenโ€™s books are a good option?

    • sarah October 29, 2018 at 9:28 pm - Reply

      yes, our staff can translate it xx

  5. Kate October 29, 2018 at 11:08 pm - Reply

    Hi Sarah,

    Would small items of clothing be suitable (socks, t-shirts etc) or would you prefer things like toys and fun games? Thanks ๐Ÿ˜Š

    • sarah October 30, 2018 at 10:37 am - Reply

      toys and fun things would be wonderful! thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Catherine October 30, 2018 at 9:51 am - Reply

    Yes Iโ€™m super excited to get involved with this and will spread the word to friends & family of mine ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ’•
    Love what you are doing๐Ÿ˜˜

    • sarah October 30, 2018 at 10:37 am - Reply

      Thank you so much Catherine!! x

  7. Sarai McLachlan October 30, 2018 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    Hi Sarah

    Is it ok if I order some toys online and have them delivered directly to you at the address provided below? I have selected authority to leave items unattended.

    • sarah November 4, 2018 at 9:40 am - Reply

      sorry for the delay in replying! yes this is a perfect idea. thank you! x

  8. Yasmin November 4, 2018 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    Hi, I want to send a gift, is there anything in particular you are short of as it’s getting closer to the end date? Boys or girls toys? Thanks

    • sarah November 6, 2018 at 10:23 am - Reply

      I am not sure what we are short of yet.. will know closer to the end of NOvember but I have my local friends on that mission so all good to send what ever you like.. thanks so much xxx Sarah x

  9. Anna November 4, 2018 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    Hi sarah, would it be ok to send directly to Rafiki Mwema or is it a bit of a pain for you? Im wanting to get my business and local commuity involved. I had the thought of colouring amd activity books and pencils.
    Would love to chat with you more about it.

    • sarah November 6, 2018 at 10:22 am - Reply

      no, we cant receive items direct this is why i need to take with me. sorry ๐Ÿ™
      Sarah x

  10. Jessie November 4, 2018 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    Hi I am very interested in sending items for the girls Christmas. I was wondering how many girls are currently in the rafiki queens house, so I make enough for each one xx

    • sarah November 6, 2018 at 10:22 am - Reply

      13 big girls ๐Ÿ™‚ thank you so much

  11. Claire November 4, 2018 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    Which age needs the most? I always think smaller kids get more when they do these campaigns and maybe teenagers get less? Would chocolates /sweets etc be welcome?

    • sarah November 6, 2018 at 10:21 am - Reply

      yes, its easy to buy for the small kids isnt it! so perhaps focus on the teenagers. Thank you xxx

  12. Claire Scott November 4, 2018 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    Can we send chocolates/sweets?

    • sarah November 6, 2018 at 10:21 am - Reply

      Ideally not as they may not let me through customs with them. Thanks for checking xx

  13. Lisa Cosentino November 5, 2018 at 8:25 am - Reply

    Sarah, my daughters and I have loved discovering your website. We just donated for Elizabeth xx (learned about her through Constance Halls instagram) and now we plan to head out today to buy some gifts to send for your Christmas giving. My daughters are 12 and 16, we’ve never been involved in anything like this and plan to make Rafiki Mwema part of our lives. We hope to bring our girls there to Kenya one day, but in the meantime, from here on, we will keep updated with your plans and look forward to helping as much as we can along the way. Much Love, Lisa, Kartia & Olivia xoxo

    • sarah November 6, 2018 at 10:21 am - Reply

      What a lovely message to get! Thanks Lisa, Kartia & Olivia! welcome to the family xx

  14. Elizabeth November 5, 2018 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    Hi Sarah,

    Just a little note to say I ordered some gifts to be delivered to you directly from Kmart.

    I tried to keep them small for easy transportation and theyโ€™re mainly for the 4 – 8 year age bracket (I have a six year old myself) – I hope thatโ€™s ok!

    Hopefully they arrive safe and sound by the end of the week but if not please let me know and Iโ€™ll follow up the store for sure xx

    • sarah November 6, 2018 at 10:20 am - Reply

      Perfect! thank you so much. I update my stories on instagram ( @rafikicastle ) so keep an eye on that and you will know when they arrive. Thanks so much for helping me make their Christmas so special xx

      • Elizabeth November 12, 2018 at 8:18 pm - Reply

        Hi Sarah,

        Just thought Iโ€™d touch base as I recieved an email saying my gifts (sent directly from Kmart) were delivered on Friday but I havenโ€™t seen them in any of your Insta story posts… Included should have been some LEGO sets, barbie mermaids & some art/drawing kits.

        Iโ€™m sure youโ€™ve got a million and one things happening at the moment but please let me know if I need to follow this up and I will do so ASAP. Iโ€™ve got a tracking no so shouldnโ€™t be too hard!

        Wishing you & all the Rafiki family the very, very best xx

        • sarah November 13, 2018 at 1:39 pm - Reply

          Thanks Elizabeth! I still have many boxes to open at home and I can see some are from Kmart so keep an eye out! i bet they are there.. thank you for chasing up and for buying the gifts. so exciting xxx

  15. Juliette Parker November 6, 2018 at 10:40 am - Reply

    I’d like to send a gift and have looked at our sponsor child’s details. It appears that he is now over 18 years old. The id number is RM-2057. Do we have a new sponsor child or should I still send to this child?

    • sarah November 6, 2018 at 10:57 am - Reply

      Great question and so strange that you have asked! In the last couple of months we have been told by his mother (who has come back into the picture) that his date of birth is actually 14/8/2002 so in fact he is 16 and is still with us. doing great at school in his scholarship and as cheeky as ever (he may or may not be my fav ๐Ÿ˜‰ )
      he loves any clothes/hats/beanies/glasses and any technology! very welcome to ask me any questions in particular.

      I was due to write to all the sponsors about his new date of birth so thank you for the reminder! i will do this asap ๐Ÿ™‚

      Sarah x

      • Juliette Parker November 6, 2018 at 1:23 pm - Reply

        Great. I’ll have a look for maybe a tshirt or cap. What size do you think? And does he have a colour preference?

        • sarah November 6, 2018 at 1:34 pm - Reply

          he is smallish.. i always get an XS mens or the largest in boys? any preference.. he loves all! x

  16. Tara November 7, 2018 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    Hi Sarah,
    I have done the same as other people and sent straight to you from Kmart, so hopefully gets to you with no issues. I will keep an eye out here to make sure ๐Ÿ™‚

    • sarah November 8, 2018 at 10:00 am - Reply

      perfect! thanks tara.. keep an eye on instagram stories ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

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