About Rafiki YA Maisha

Rafiki Ya Maisah, meaning Friends for Life in Swahili, is a Franco-Kenyan nonprofit organization that aims to provide training and education to the youth in rural Kenya, in order to reduce unemployment, strife and poverty in the region. Thank you for visiting Rafiki Ya Maisha’s website.

Who We ARE

Rafiki Ya Maisha is a work of partnership and solidarity between France and Kenya. It was created in 2004 by two long-time friends, Claire Mathijsen Roth (France) and Elizabeth Tunoi (Kenya), who saw the need for education for Kenya’s ‘lost’ youth.

We built 2 higher learning vocational training schools, which became landmark schools in the region. The education enables young adults to provide for their families at large and improve the community.


In Chepkanga and in Koshin, rural locations near Eldoret, NW Kenya in East Africa.
The inhabitants of Chepkanga and Koshin are mainly peasants and mid-level farmers whose mainstay is maize and wheat farming.
Secondary school education for their children is financially unfeasible or academically not within reach.


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Rafiki Ya Maisha is a non-profit organization registered in France (Association Loi 1901) and based in Paris. We operate through a sister organization, Rafiki Ya Maisha (Community Based Organization) in Eldoret, Kenya.
Residents of the European Union benefit from tax deductibility when making a donation.
Residents of the USA benefit from tax deductibility when they donate through our page on the GlobalGiving website.