Links

This page contains ideas and pointers for finding out more about various issues relating loosely to the work of Rafiki Thabo Foundation. Whilst all the links, websites, books and articles are recommended by the trustees, we cannot take responsibility for their content and views represented are not necessarily those that we endorse or condone.

Links

  • For information on countries in Africa (and the rest of the world) which contains a particular emphasis on development issues try www.oneworld.net and follow the links to the Country Guide pages.
  • To keep up to date with what is happening in Africa try http://allafrica.com/ – you can sign up to receive a daily newsletter with news of particular countries or issues which interest you.
  • To find out what exactly it means to be a registered charity, how we as trustees are held to account for all the money you donate, and to see our annual accounts, check the Charity Commission website at www.charity-commission.gov.uk
  • If you are interested in making a difference by volunteering overseas – perhaps in one of the countries we work in – check out VSO, or Restless Development or ICS if you are aged 18-25.
  • Another charity that you might like to look at – especially if you’re an architect or engineer: Engineering Ministries International sends professionals in the design and landscaping industries overseas for projects that build infrastructure – schools, orphanages, hospitals and the like. See more details at emiuk.org
  • Elizabeth and David Dunford lived and worked in Lesotho with Rafiki Thabo for a couple of years. While they are now back in the UK, their blog is full of great stories, and gives a good account of living and working in Africa. You can read all about their journey on their blog.
  • Rafiki are very grateful for all the superb photography by professional photographer Jane Baker, taken during a visit to Uganda in 2011.  To see more of her work, please go to www.jane-baker.com
  • We are also very grateful to Nicholsons who have chosen Rafiki Thabo as their nominated charity in 2015. Nicholsons is a family run business that designs, builds and installs beautiful gardens – as well as managing woodland estates for clients across the country. Their website is http://www.nicholsons.gb.com/

Books

For a good read and an exploration into the various socio-economic situations and cultures of countries that Rafiki Thabo Foundation works in, we recommend the following books:

Blanket boy’s moon (Africa South Paperbacks) by
Peter Lanham and A.S. Mopeli-Paalus. Set in Lesotho, a story that explores the culture and history of this country through the twists and turns of the central character’s life. Interesting, moving and above all enjoyable
– well worth it!

Petals of blood (Penguin) by Ngugi wa Thiong’o.
A story that takes an at times uncomfortable look at Kenya’s complicated post-independence history, weaving together strains of ethnic and racial tension, politics, corruption, colonialism and much more, whilst still
maintaining speed as a gripping novel. Try also A grain of wheat by the same author.

Cry the beloved country by Alan Paton is the story of a Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son Absalom, set in racially divided South Africa. Billed as a ‘classic work of love and hope, courage and endurance’, it is a book worth reading again and again. Beautifully written and hard to put down.

More links are being added all the time so check back soon or contact us with your own ideas.