At birth, her parents named her Marie Abimana. Abimana means “God’s people.” When Marie Abimana was eight months old, her father died. Eight months later her mother died and little Marie was sent to stay with her grandparents who lived in a small dirt hut. The elderly couple was already caring for thirteen other orphaned children, so food was scarce and medical care was nonexistent. By the time Marie was thirty months old, she weighed less than 18 pounds and was shorter than a meter stick. Marie’s grandparents sensed her fragile state and chose to bring her to Rafiki.
When she arrived, Marie was severely malnourished and listless; she did not even respond to the prick of the needle during a blood draw at her medical screening. However, after a few months under Rafiki’s care, Marie has been transformed. Marie is no longer a lethargic, frightened child but is energetic and joyful; she is a living testament to God’s faithful care for His people, for Abimana.
A Rafiki Training Village provides a loving home environment for the orphans and vulnerable children, like Marie. Children who come to a Rafiki Training Village often arrive frightened, malnourished, and suffering from various illnesses. Many have either never attended school or have had their schooling interrupted. Once in our care, the children are placed in a home environment with an African woman who becomes their mother. They receive nutritious meals, medical care, and they begin to attend the school at the Rafiki Village. When the children reach the age of ten, they transition to a residence hall where they live with a married couple who become their "parents." All the children receive Bible teaching daily and are provided the opportunity to hear the gospel and see it lived out. Rafiki has a long-term commitment to these children in caring for them until they are eighteen years of age.
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.
For as little as $25 per month, you can help to meet these needs and profoundly change the life (both physical and spiritual) of an African child.
There are several ways you can sign up to help sponsor a child. Contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 352-483-9131, or click here to sponsor a child using Rafiki's website. We pray that God will guide you in your decision to sponsor a child.
Orphan sponsorship helps to provide for all that is needed to raise a child. Orphan Sponsors and/or the person you designate to receive the gift of orphan sponsorship will receive a photo and description of the child as well as regular updates for as long as the sponsorship continues. For a minimum of $25 a month you can give a gift from the heart that will make a difference in someone’s life.
Rafiki Orphan Sponsors share financial and prayer support that provides for the needs of a child who is brought to a Rafiki Village. You may sign up to sponsor a child by contacting us at email@example.com or by calling 352-483-9131.
These children face a hopeless future. Many of the children have minimal access to medical care, education, or even food. A large number of these children make a living on the streets or may have no home at all.
Children who come to a Rafiki Village have no prospect of family to care for their needs. These children often suffer from malnourishment. Many have been unable to regularly attend school.
Rafiki provides a loving home environment for these children within a community. The children attend school at the Rafiki Village where they receive a quality Christian education. Orphan sponsorship plays a key role in our ability to achieve this as described below.
Orphan sponsorship provides for all the physical, educational, and medical needs of the children. Rafiki has a long-term commitment to these children caring for them until they are eighteen years of age. Orphan sponsors are critical to meeting this need.
Sponsors may commit to a minimum contribution of $25.00 a month for a year or more. A sufficient number of active sponsors are assigned to care for a child for their entire stay at the Village.
We pray that God will provide full sponsorship for over 850 children placed at the ten Rafiki Villages.
Upon receipt of your first contribution a sponsor receives an initial profile of the child. Regular updates with a current photo are sent to the sponsors for as long as the sponsor continues to sponsor the child.
Rafiki sponsors may correspond with their child. Sponsors may send their child a photo of themselves. The sponsor may also send a card to the child at Christmas and on their birthday.
Sponsors are encouraged to contribute $10 each year for a birthday and Christmas gift. The ChildCare director purchases all gifts for the children based on the child’s interests and skills.
Rafiki Orphan Sponsors are encouraged to pray for their child and the Rafiki Villages even before a child is assigned to them. Please join us in prayer for the following needs for God’s children:
– Please pray that God will bring forward the funds to complete construction for Rafiki Villages.
– Pray that God will provide national mothers who are committed to caring for the children.
– Please pray that God will quickly bring children to the Villages.
– Pray the children will come to know Christ in His fullness at an early age and be committed to a growing relationship with Him.
– Pray that the children will quickly adjust to their new home and come to love their Rafiki mom, brothers, and sisters. Please also pray for their health and safety.
– Pray that each child will grow up to be a godly contributor to his or her home country.
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