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Next week, I'll be with our Rafiki

Dear Rafiki abroad, dear friends and world sisters,

My three university students, my 16-year-old daughter Sofia, and I will depart Monday June 14th for Nairobi to meet our dear Mama Africa Lin Wafula. After a week, we'll travel to Mombasa and to the three communities we’ll be working in, Lungalunga, Godo, and Perani.

This is the website I’ve developed, way too primitive yet, to show you all the plans for the summer and the activities of the “Health by Motorbike” initiative.

I’ll improve the site as the projects progress and as I learn more web skills :)

Although we have secured funding for the summer and for part of the 2010/11 activities, this is only the beginning of an ambitious initiative to bring health literacy and basic health care to these three communities.

Please, support our work by donating to Project Africa (WorldPulse & PulseWire member organization):

Your contribution can make an immense difference in the health of our Rafiki. When you donate to Project Africa, specify that your support is for the “Health by Motorbike” Initiative. We need your help especially for malaria treatment and for the purchase of mosquito nets for pregnant Rafiki and their children who are under five years of age.

Your donation of $10 can buy 6 doses of malaria medication or a mosquito net for a child.
Your donation of $20 can buy 12 doses of malaria treatment or a family-size mosquito net.
Your donation of $50 can save a whole family from malaria.

Furthermore, your donation for mosquito nets will be stretched and maximized by purchasing the materials in Nairobi and by asking our Rafiki to produce the nets themselves. That way, your donations will benefit not only the health of our Rafiki's families in Lungalunga, Godo, and Perani but also the economic infrastructure of these communities.

Thank you very very much.
Asante sana

My next communication will be "From the Field"


JaniceW's picture

Love it!

It was beyond a thrill to finally meet you. I am so inspired by this project and I thank you on behalf of my rafikis — Damaris, Dolphine and Jacinta (Lunga Lunga) — for all the amazing work you are doing. Please give them a hug for me.

I can't wait to hear about the trip and see Sofia's photos. Sending you a big hug, and wishing you a safe and wonderful trip. Your rafiki,
Janice xx

My dear PulseWire Fairy Janice,

Your visit to Madison, like a fairy's visit, was subtle and sublime, but also full of love and happiness. I still can't believe we've met for real. You have no idea how much I appreciated your effort to coming to my house.

You will receive news from us soon, from "the field," and I'll tell you stories about our good cook Damaris, and your other Rafikis Dolphine and Jacinta.

I am soooo tired preparing everything, packing, and thinking about last minute details. But I am THRILLED, and my students are so hysterically happy that they don't know what to do with themselves. Sofia has finished finals today and is still in a kind of denial.

I send you love and more love,

JaniceW's picture

Asante Sana

Have a long sleep on the flight and please send Sofia my best wishes. I can't wait to see her photography. Remember to take some time out for you during the trip (will rely on Sofia to make sure you both relax too) and am sending you heaps of love. Salamu za upendo! (With loving best wishes),
Janice xx

jadefrank's picture

Safe travels and fruitful journey

Dearest Araceli,

What exciting news! I loved looking at your website, seeing the pictures of our Rafikis and knowing that their lives are improving through empowerment opportunities in vocational skills training and health education.

Please keep us updated and know that we are hanging onto the back of the motobike in spirit, powering you along every kilometer of the way.

Sending lots of love to you, your daughter, students, Lindy, and all the beautiful women of Lungalunga, Godo and Perani.


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