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Rafiki opens doors for Cultural and Community Tourism

When I started Rafiki Program, I did not know just how much this would open doors for community and cultural tourism. Now many more rafiki participants have found a reason to tour Kenya and experience life first hand as they visit their rafikis.

Recently, friends from Germany, Sweden and America visited Project Africa in Kakamega and found time to experience the rural life women and girls in our Projects ( see the pictures attached hereby). Trips made to individual women help rafiki members to connect culturally and build alliances that will influence the empowerment of women and promote gender equality.

One common coment of rafikis when they join the Rafiki Club and /or receive their letters is that now they have a reason to visit Kenya. A good reason in deed because internationally, Kenya is known for her wildlife and long distant runners but little in known about the women of substance living in rural village who with unconditional love strive to provide for their households.

At least 10 rafikis have showed interest to travel to Kenya this summer and meet with their rafikis in Project Africa. we wait to hear the responses of their first communion.

In the mean time, I believe that it is a bright idea to launch our Rafiki Tours. That rafiki members can visit women in Kenya and get to know them personally, share in their lifestyle and live in their abode. Look Out for Our first Rafiki Tour coming soon!!!!! and we shall all say, We went, We met and We were empowered!



JaniceW's picture

How exciting!

I can't wait to hear about the Rafiki tours and look forward to your report on the visits in summer. Congratulations on reaching out to so many and increasing awareness of the lives the women in rural Kenya lead.

mamaAfrica's picture

Rafiki is Growing Well

Hello dear, sorry am replying little late. I have just had so much to do. got volunteers travelling to kenya this June to work with the women. Two from America already are in Kakamega and they had a great rafiki moment with women in our shianda branch. what a blessing. Thank you for being such a great support of this vision. thank you so much

LauraB's picture


Rafikis joining through letter writing- actually traveling across the globe because first a meaningful connection was
made. There is a powerful and simple core truth to the workings of the Rafiki Club. I'm touched again deeply.

mamaAfrica's picture

It is awesome

It is great that we can all share in the lifestyle of rafiki in Kenya. Imagine walking 3 or even 5 kilometres to search for a small pond where to fetch water from. And coming back carrying 20 litres bucket of water on your head. I think this will be a real empowering experience. hope the rural women will enjoy the manicure and pedicure as the international women enjoy cooking with firewood on a three stone stove. It is my hope that rafiki tours will bind us with one chord of love in our feminine

Fantastic Job mamafrica. This trans border connection is amazing.


mamaAfrica's picture

thank you fatwaz

Thank you dear Fatwaz,

Did you receive a letter from rafiki or not yet? I hope you did thanks for being a part of this engine of change. MamaAfrica

Darcey's picture

I love it!

You are so great at just going forward with how the response comes, I love it! Kaya has already talked about wanting to go visit her new friend! I think the idea is great and I know that I have several reasons Kenya is first for me to visit, so exciting! I am so proud of you and how you just keep going forward with strength.
will be in touch soon!!!
much love to you!

"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality."
— John Lennon

mamaAfrica's picture

thank you darcey. It will be

thank you darcey. It will be lovely for you and Kaya and all other rafikis as well. Karibuni Kenya

laura_gamboa's picture

Admire you!

I am very excited about the job you are doing and I am so happy that you are making huge changes, not only in Kenya but around the world. This will reach every people on the planet!! I am looking forward to know what will happen on the first tour and also to be part of that tour!

Big hugs!!!!!

mamaAfrica's picture


Hej Laura,

Finally your letter arrived. I happy for you and rafiki Gladys. I hope we can get videos of rafiki sessions soon so we can share. thank you Laura for being a part of this journey

I am new and thus don't know how to respond directly to individual friends, but I just had to say hello!.

Anyway, I also had a look at Project for Africa and think it is a commendable initiative. I particularly was inspired by the women's schools initiatives. I deal with youth entrepreneurs and find that a lot of them lack the time and resources in order to scale up their basic financial literacy and management knowledge. Thus we operate via a website that provides on-demand information. But it would be so wonderful to set up such schools.


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