Rafiki Thabo is supporting increasing numbers of students in Kenya at both secondary and further education levels. The students are training in all kinds of fields – medicine, business, special needs teaching to name a few – and at some of the most recognised institutions including Jomo Kenyatta and Egerton Universities.
The goal is that after achieving professional qualifications, students supported by the Rafiki Thabo will then be able to support themselves and their families. We see that this is already happening with the first generation of graduates and the more we can support, the greater the long term impact will be. Without support, all of our students would have had to drop out of education – a year’s fees at university costs a little over one thousand pounds, a huge financial burden to a family, if indeed the student has one.
One student Stephen Okumu, a BSc Information Science student at Moi University and an amateur poet going by the name of ‘The African gazzelle’ talks of what a real difference funding by the Rafiki Thabo makes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELCvc-vDzjY.
Stephen Okumu is now in his third year of study at Moi University and has recently sent the Trustees his reflections on how Rafiki is making a difference in his life and helping to keep the dream alive……… Stephen- DREAM ON
Jon’s visit to Kenya January 2013
Our Director, Jon Uglow has recently returned from visiting all Rafiki students in Kenya, old and new. The visit was a success and a committee was also set up, modeled on the Ugandan committee set up in 2011. We are delighted that Rafiki is continuing to grow and there are more local people volunteering to work in partnership with us. Watch this space for more inspiring stories and a full report to follow.
A message of thanks from a current Rafiki student, April 2013
Whenever the trustees recieve personal letters from Rafiki students, it is always humbling. This latest letter from Nicholas confirms our desire to keep going and expand our programmes! Rafiki is making a difference….read it now Nicholas story