Rafiki Thabo is currently supporting around 45 students mostly based in South West Uganda, in the area of Kabale. These students are based in secondary schools, universities, vocational training institutes and teacher training colleges. Kabale is the highest (2,000m) and coldest town in Uganda and is known as the “Switzerland of Africa” with intricately terraced hills and fjordlike lakes. You can read more about Kabale here.

Rafiki Thabo works in partnership with a committee, made up of volunteers who are community leaders and are well connected in the area. The committee consults headteachers and staff at local secondary schools and universities to help identify promising students who are struggling to pay fees and then encourage them to apply to Rafiki Thabo. We are extremely grateful for all the hard work that the committee does to enable Rafiki to operate at grass roots level. You can read more about our Uganda committee here.

Rafiki Thabo currently has students at the following institutions: Kabale Secondary School;  St. Paul’s, Bukinda; Bubaare Secondary School; Rwesasi Secondary School; Kigezi High School; Hornby High School; St. Mary’s College, Rushoroza; Kabale University; Uganda Christian University; Mbarara University; Kyambogo University; Kabale Institute of Health Sciences; AICM Vocational Training College; Makarere University.

Learn more about the education sector in Uganda.

In September 2011, Rafiki Thabo commissioned one of their trustees, Susannah Evans and professional photographer Jane Baker to visit the Rafiki students in Uganda. Please go to  Uganda September 2011 to find further information about this adventure!

In September 2014, Susannah Evans returned to Uganda with Rafiki’s Director, Janet Hayes. During their visit, they met with the committee, visited most of the students being supported by Rafiki and met with other organisations working in education in Uganda. Click on the link to read their visit report.