Through its actions, Rafiki Ya Maisha aims at empowering the community as a whole, for a more promising future.
Because some groups are more fragile than others, Rafiki Ya Maisha addresses the needs of sub-groups, in particular women and youth.
Furthermore, Rafiki Ya Maisha’s long-standing belief that sports are key to team building and personal empowerment has led to the organization of football training sessions and tournaments, which have been welcomed with great enthusiasm.
Training and Education
The vocational training project was launched around a 3-pronged axis: 1. Vocational training 2. Sports tournaments 3. Community Development.
Tournaments were a great opportunity to advertise what used to be termed the “village polytechnic”.
Youth representatives came forward to fill seats on the Board of Rafiki Ya Maisha, students encouraged by their leaders, started signing up.
Today, word has spread, the national government has repeatedly promoted vocational training and the schools have found a greater value in the eyes of the population.
In 2007, the Rift Valley municipality organized a football tournament for women in the region. Football literally galvanized the youth and fostered teamwork, inspiring Rafiki Ya Maisha to organize more tournaments in 2010 and 2011.
The tournament was a turning point for the community and a great opportunity to advertise the village polytechnic. Two youth representatives came forward to fill seats on the Board of Rafiki Ya Maisha and 28 new students signed up for training courses.