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The Rafiki Club
Dear Rafiki (Friends),
I am writing to introduce to you this wonderful club of friendship. Rafiki is a swahili word meaning friend. and I think that women all over the world have been endowed with a blessing to make kind friendships. With New Media wave, those amongst us priviledged to be in developed countries and cities around the world have access to internet and can share emails, IMs, sms etc with friends. How about our sisters in the remote villages of Africa and other underdevelopment countries? Can they be priviledged too?
Yes if we embrace the grace of Friendship.
I have therefore started this club to connect women in the far and wide. The Rafiki Club aims to create a platform for friendship where women can exchange letters.
For what benefit is this?
When you write a letter to a woman living in a remote village in Kenya you will be giving her a chance to read. And when she replies your letter you give her a chance to write. This club will initiate a program to promote literacy and education amongst women in rural Kenya empowering them to start learn how to read and write by telling stories about themselves their families, their villages etc.
Working with women in Rural Africa, I realise that many shy away from adult education classes because the books they read are so bulky with information that is of no interest to them. But through Rafiki Program Project Africa has found a way to educate women in rural villages through letter writing.
How do you benefit?
we benefit by finding friends who can teach us new cultural aspects. Do you remember the old good days when we would receive letters from penpals? Oh my I remember how every friday I would wait for my Mum to come home with letters from the post because I had penfriends in Europe and I loved receiving their letters, reading them and replying. The Nolstalgia of these days bring a light of hope in my heart and a smile on my face. I believe that all of you who remember those letters of old from friends abroad feel enlightened.
How do we participate.
By joining this group, you will give me a chance to reach out to you and match you with women in the network of Project Africa. project Africa is a non Profit organization that I begun with an aim to empower women and girls in rural Africa with education and skills nad resources for enterprise development. Our website www.projectforafrica.org
After matching you with your Rafiki, You will begin sharing letters by snail mail with women in rural villages where there is no internet. however you will be able to report to this club every time you receive a letter from a rural woman your Rafiki, what that letter meant to you, what you have learnt from her and Your reply to her.
In this case The Rafiki Club will be about women empowering women to learn how to read and write through initiating global friendships. Let us give it a try and see what we can achieve