A: The Foundation helps Africans know God by caring for and educating orphans. We provide materials and training in education and Bible study. We also give widows and impoverished women of the church a means of employment and artistic expression through the making and marketing of their handcrafts such as baskets, jewelry, handbags, and wall hangings.
A: No, The Rafiki Foundation is not an adoption agency. Since the goal is to develop these children to be godly contributors to their countries, The Rafiki Foundation does not facilitate the adoption of these children out of Africa. Instead, the Foundation will raise and educate the children in their respective cultures so that they are equipped to provide the leadership and skills needed by their country.
A: Rafiki is not affiliated with any particular church or denomination; however, we do collaborate with many churches within the United States and Africa in order to accomplish the mission of the Foundation. These partnerships may include monetary and material donations, personnel that are sent out as short- or long-term missionaries, and prayer support.
A: The Rafiki Foundation is funded by private donations and contributions. It receives no government support from either the United States or from any African nations. Rafiki is registered in the United States as a nonprofit organization [501(c)(3)]. The main form of support is through orphan sponsorships. Individuals and groups sponsor a particular child for as little as $25 per month. We estimate that it takes between $200 to $250 per month to feed, clothe, house, educate, and provide medical care for each child. These funds also help pay for the national workers hired to help care for the children such as school teachers, cooks, and national women to serve as mothers and assistants. 100% of the funds designated goes toward the orphan fund.
A: While it is true that disease, poverty, and hunger are found within this country, the United States government has a large safety net in place that provides medical care and social services to those in need. African governments do not have these types of support systems. The result is that the African continent hosts the highest child mortality rates, the lowest literacy and numeracy rates, and the lowest life expectancy rates in the world.
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