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Fundraising for The Rafiki Club

Dear friends,
I am a real Rafiki now since I got my first letter from Kenya. It is from Ruthlyne, a 19 year old single mother. I am very proud to be Rafiki with such a young women. I hope very much I can send her some strength with my words.

Her letter came right in time as I had a private birthday party last weekend. I made it a small fundraising event and asked the guests instead of bringing presents, to give a donation to Project Africa and The Rafiki Club. I presented the letter from Ruthlyne and made some posters with information about the project. We raised 280.- € which is less than I hoped but still better than nothing. I hope that sooner or later some of my guests will become members of the Rafiki Club.

So maybe this is an idea for your next Birthday, Christmas or New Year Party. I had the impression that many people want to give something, they just feel insecure which project is really useful and trustworthy. In this case we can help. Good luck!



LauraB's picture

Great idea

I am thrilled to read this about your party and sharing the successes of the Rafiki! A great idea...I've been thinking too about creative ideas like this- so thanks for passing this along. Do I have it right that you headed to Kenya to visit the Rafikis?

Take care

Candychris's picture


Yes it´s true, I have been to Kakamega this april. But at this time I didn´t know anything about the Rafiki Club. I was planning a holiday trip an wanted to visit a nonprofit organisation in Kenya. I read about Project Africa at and got in touch with the project. They invited me warmly to have a look at the organisation and I stayed there for 5 days.

I had a good time there and met extremely nice people. And I got the impression that the idea of the project and the leadership are reasonable. That convinced me to support it now from Germany.

Too sad I didn´t have a Rafiki then, it would have been brilliant to meet her...


Hi Candychris,

I'm awaiting my letter from Kenya here in Brooklyn and I'm wondering how long yours took to arrive once you signed up with Rafiki?


Rachel Clift
media for CHANGE

Candychris's picture

Waiting for a letter

Hi Rachel,
I cant´t actually remember how long I have been waiting, but I think it was a bit more than 2 months. But it felt like half a year.
Don´t worry, I´m sure you´ll get your Rafiki. It´s probably not as easy as we think.

Take care

mamaAfrica's picture

Unity is strength

Dear CandyChris

Thank you for the initiative you have taken to fundraise for the rafiki club.I believe that initiatives like yours help us all t be strong and ensure that those rafikis who have not been paired like Rachel C or others who have not received their letters yet can get one and join inte celebration.

one reason why letters delay is because probably the rafiki's in Kenya are unable to afford stamps. Project Africa helps as much as we can but at times we are also crippled for lack of funding. Thank you Candy chris

You have the power of women in groups.

thanks You


What an inspiring story that is easily replicated by those of who have birthdays! Oh my.... everyone has a birthday! I hope you story motivates the rest of us Rafikis into raising a little money love. Even if just to buy our gals stamps.

Jennifer Ruwart
Chief Collaborator
JR Collaborations

MelissaCox's picture

Rafiki Love

I just signed up today. I was thinking it would be a great idea to include self-addressed envelopes with the letter, that would cut down on the cost for them hugely and only cost us $2-$5. I should contact them and ask.

Hooray, as I was looking through the mail tonite, I spotted a letter from Kenya addressed to me! I am just thrilled that I got it, making a great end to this day. From the postmark on the envelope, it looks like it only took about 3 weeks to get here.
Not so bad really. I am excited to get a letter off to my Rafiki within a day or two. She is a young mother of two who is widowed, and I hope to be able to share from my life what she will enjoy hearing about. An ordinary day turned into
something very special, giving me a moment, a peek into another woman's world!

Take Care,


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