The mission of The Rafiki Foundation is to help Africans know God and raise their standard of living with excellence and integrity.
To accomplish this mission, Rafiki has established ten Rafiki Training Villages that operate the Foundation’s five programs.
The Rafiki Training Villages perform two main functions. First, they provide living, medical, and educational facilities for orphans and vulnerable children in ten of Africa’s most impoverished nations. Second, they train African church partners in education, help them improve their schools, and support their widows. The Rafiki Training Villages are operated by long-term missionaries who are assisted by national workers and short-term missionaries. Together this team accomplishes the dual purpose of the Rafiki Training Villages—to help orphans and widows and train others to do the same. This is achieved through the Foundation’s five programs: Childcare, Education, Bible Study, the Advanced Learning Institute, and Widows.
The Childcare Program provides a loving home to about 100 orphans in the Rafiki Training Villages. Ten children live in a cottage with a trained national woman who becomes their mother. Each cottage lives as a family; they eat, play, work, and worship together. When the children reach the age of ten, they transition to a residence hall where they live with a married couple who become their mother and father.
Since the goal is to develop these children to be godly contributors to their countries, 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 in order to provide the leadership and skills needed by their country.
The Education Program seeks to cultivate minds and hearts that love God, their neighbor, and all that is true, good, and beautiful. Each Rafiki Village includes an accredited school for Pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade for the children who live at the Village and for a limited number of children from the surrounding communities. All are instructed with the Rafiki School Curriculum—a quality, academic curriculum integrated with a biblical worldview and knowledge-centered methodologies. The Rafiki Bible Study, a comprehensive study of the Bible, is an integral part of the curriculum. Written for the people of Africa and the missionaries that serve them, the Rafiki Bible Study is a thirteen year survey of the Bible with levels ranging from preschool to adult.
The most important and foundational goal of The Rafiki Foundation is to
help the people of Africa know God. Therefore, the Foundation's main
mission is to provide a Bible study suited for men, women, and children
in Africa and to make it available free of charge to those who want to
know God. Our aim is to see the RBS (Rafiki Bible Study) used by all
participants in The Rafiki Foundation, in Rafiki Village schools, and in
Partner Denominations' and local government schools and colleges that
For high school graduates and beyond, Rafiki is developing curriculum for the Rafiki Advanced Learning Institute (RALI), which will include three programs. The main program is the Rafiki Institute of Classical Education (RICE)—a teacher training program designed to promote Christian classical education in ten African countries using Rafiki curriculum. Eventually RALI will also encompass a Rafiki Institute of Music (RIM) and a Rafiki Institute of Art (RIA) in order to raise the standard of music in the churches and enhance the Widows Program.
The Widows Program gives African widows and impoverished women of the church a means of employment and artistic expression through the making of handcrafts. Because of their circumstances, many of these widows find the task of providing for themselves and their children a daunting challenge. To support the widows in their efforts to care for their families, Rafiki has collaborated with African Partner Denomination churches to provide the women with economic opportunities. The African churches provide leadership, spiritual discipleship (through the use of the Rafiki Bible Study) and a location for the widows to fashion products such as baskets, jewelry, handbags, and wall hangings. Rafiki purchases the handcrafts, ships them, and sells them through the Rafiki Exchange in Eustis, Florida.
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