Rafiki Thabo Foundation, works together with trusted, local committees in Kenya, Lesotho and Uganda to identify the young people who are most in need of this support. Education has the power to unlock every child’s potential and to not only uplift the course of their lives, but those of their families and communities as well. With an education they can secure good, paid work and increase their opportunity to enjoy a future with unlimited possibilities they would otherwise not have had. The Foundation works through three partner organisations in Kenya who implement projects specifically enabling children living with disabilities, to access an education which is best suited to their special needs.
The three main programmes include a Scholarship Programme, which ensures the provision of bursaries to bright young minds who have gained a place at a school or university, but whose families do not have the financial means to pay their fees. By the end of 2022 Rafiki Thabo Foundation had supported a total of 461 young people through education!
With the ‘Eat Well to Learn’ Programme, they are able to provide at least 70 of the very poorest students with a lunch meal each day at the Foundation’s partner school in Uganda. For many of the children, this is their only daily meal, without which they would brave their long walk to and from school on an empty stomach, with little energy left to learn in class, making them more likely to drop out of school.
The development of School Infrastructure and other ‘holistic’ projects are geared towards improving the environment in which the children are learning. Recent projects include re-equipping an IT lab, constructing pig sties and chicken coops to generate income for the schools, providing electricity in the classrooms and the renovation of dormitories.
For every £350 raised, a child in Uganda can be educated at a secondary school for an entire year! With your help, we can make this possible.