Rafiki Club: Unleashing The Power of Friendship

mamaAfrica
Posted February 27, 2011 from Kenya

Dear Rafiki

It has been a while since welast communicated on this platform of friendship. It is my sincere hope that all of you are doing fine in your endevour.

Personally, I have been ok. Last when I posted here I was preparing to travel for Opportunity Collaboration Conference as well as preparing for my campign for elected office in Kenya. Both events went on successfully. Even though I was not elected to represent my constituents in Kenya's Parliament, I am grateful for the chance given me by my costituents because I learnt alot from this exercise. I am hopeful that come 2012 when I will be seeking to be elected during Kenya's general election, the lessons learnt during the by-election will be meaningful. From the Opportunity Collaboration front, I was able to meet several heads of organizations some of whom have partnered with us in our effort to empower women in Kenya.

Most important I wanted to share that this year on 2nd February, we were priviledged to host World Pulse delegation at our mission house in Nairobi. On this day we marked the 1st year of Rafiki Club and celebrated on the theme Unleashing the Power of Friendship. Amongst those who attended were over 200 women from Nairobi, Lungalunga, Migori and other parts of Kenya.

Why do we need to Unleash The Power of Friendship? Friendship amongst women is an asset that has long been taken for granted. We never realise that it is a gift God-given to us to crown our feminity. Our families, business, professions and life in general thrive because of empowering relations that are filled with uncunditional love.

In this regard, we have chosen to honour friendship by establishing Rafiki Clubs in every neighbourhood in Nairobi, every village in Kenya, every cyber space for women around the globe. You are indeed a member of a powerful movement of women. We aim therefore to: 1. Share skills through peer-to-peer mentoring, 2. Organize exchange programs for women self help groups 3. continue building inter cultural relations and Global friendships 4. Organize Networking retreats for women

Our target this year is to mobilise at laest 500 women to Join the Rafiki Club. Thus I request for your support. Let's start again being active by doing the following

Register as a Rafiki Club member 2011: We have some members who have since stopped writing letters. we understand that the excersise may be demanding. However if you are still interested to being a member of Rafiki Club Kindly write to us on info@projectforafrica.org. Your registration will allow us to know who is a member and who is not since we have women in Kenya writing letters to their matched rafiki but they never receive reply. Please note if you choose to register in 2011, we require that you commit to be active all year round nad at laest send a letter to your Rafiki every once month.

Registration fees: This year we start of with an annual registartion fee of USD 25 for members. Without finances it is difficult to coordinate Rafiki Club activities. Am sure we all agree that if we had a fulltime rafiki coordinator then we would most probably get information on time on what is happening and also get our Club being active. It will be of great help if we all participate in making our Rafiki Clubs being tools for women empowerment. Women in Kenya are paying an annual registartion fee of KSh 500 we hope that our International Rafiki will join in too.

Start A Rafiki Club in your area: For us to reach our mark of 500 Rafiki by end of 2011, We need to invite our girlfriends, mothers, daughters, sisters to join in the movement. Please let us know if you can start a Rafiki Club in your locality, company, university or association. We have room to allow Rafiki Clubs to adopt each other e.g A Rafiki club in Wisconsin University under Rafiki Dr. Araceli Alonso has adopted the Rafiki Club in Lungalunga and together they are collaborating in empowering women with good health.

Ultimately, it is our collective ambition to use the Power of Friendship naturally given to women to advocate for the self empowerment of every women in our circle, so that she can empower other women and be a change maker in her community.

Urafiki Ni Nguvu!!! Friendship is Power

Kind regards

Lin Wafula Founder /Director, Project Africawww.projectforafrica.org

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Bonnie Samuel
Feb 27, 2011
Feb 27, 2011

This is a great idea and I do want to participate and support.

mamaAfrica
Feb 27, 2011
Feb 27, 2011

Thank you Bonnie First let me conratlteyou for he beautiful work of art you are doing. Indeed you can join Rafiki Club. I will send you application form to your email if that is ok with you

Bonnie Samuel
Feb 27, 2011
Feb 27, 2011

Yes, please do send the app. Thanks.

Bonnie Samuel
Feb 27, 2011
Feb 27, 2011

Mama Africa, I have another question--you said you would be sending an application to be a correspondent and I wanted to know if you also have some guidelines, dos and don'ts for the relationships between correspondents?

How soon should I expect to hear of being assigned or matched with a woman in Africa?

Thank you, Bonniebonnie@bonniesamuel.com

NI AYE
Mar 05, 2011
Mar 05, 2011

Hi sister

I like the ideas of Rafiki Club and thank you for sharing them. One thin I feel sorry is contributing the registration. Here in Myanmar, we don't have online money transfer to other countries.I wish I could do it. I wish you all the best.

Cheers!

NI NI

Marcie Lesnick
Mar 11, 2011
Mar 11, 2011

I want to continue writing letters. My last letter was well over a year ago and I didn't get a response. So count me in.

Best, Coach Marcie

Anna Sontag
Mar 12, 2011
Mar 12, 2011

Hello, Lin:

I responded to an email I got which didn't get to you last week, and I am following up to say, "I love your idea! And I want to get women in Oregon, USA to engage with your Rafiki project. I am developing a new enterprise, and if we can befriend each other and stay in touch, in a couple months I hope to have the beginnings -- the pilot project-- underway, including a writing exchange.

As I know you know, persistence pays! I look forward to this. Shall we connect on private email? Through Facebook?

I will try to befriend you through there.

Best wishes,

Anna

mamaAfrica
Mar 13, 2011
Mar 13, 2011

Dear Anna

I am so happy with your response and in deed we will be honoured to befriend the women in Oregon. Write now we have over 50 women in our Rafiki Club who are wiating to be paired. I will be grateful t share more with you about the vision we have for the rafiki Clubs I saw your messages on facebook and wil be replying to it too. Please inbox me your email

Regards

Lin

Anna Sontag
Mar 25, 2011
Mar 25, 2011

Hi, Lin:

I am getting a business up and running, and the lttr writing will be part of it....my eeeeeeee leeettr is sticiking so I can't us it --- eek !!

I haven't heard from you on Facebook, but I look forward to it.

Best,

Anna