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Rafiki Foundation

Rafiki Foundation

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Name: Mary Floye Federer
Email: mffederer@fpchouston.org
Phone: Mary Floye Federer

“Rafiki” means friend in Swahili and depicts the purpose of the Rafiki Foundation—to befriend orphans and widows in their distress (James 1:27). The mission of the Rafiki Foundation is to train Africans to transform Africa for Christ.

To accomplish this mission, Rafiki established ten Rafiki Training Villages within the African countries of Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, and Ethiopia. These Villages provide living and educational facilities through Rafiki’s five programs: Bible Study, Education, Teacher Training, Orphan Care, and Widows.

Rafiki Foundation has been a partner of FPC since the early 1990s.  FPC member, Karen Elliott was called to serve with Rafiki in Nigeria, and was supported as one of FPC missionaries until her return to work in the home office of Rafiki Foundation.  Upon Karen’s return, Global Missions shifted financial support from missionary support to support of the ministry.  In 2005, a small team from FPC joined Rafiki on a vision trip to see seven of their ten villages in east Africa.  Following the trip, FPC felt called to support the establishment of the Rwanda Rafiki Village, providing financial support and missionary support.  Upon the completion of the village, FPC now provides general support to the ministry of Rafiki.

Rafiki Foundation is one of FPC Global partners that we encourage individuals or small groups of friends to serve with Rafiki on one of their short-term mission trips.  When FPC’s trips do not work with schedules, Rafiki would be an ideal ministry partner to consider for serving cross-culturally.  Rafiki provides excellent training and manages all the logistics of the “mini-missionary” as Rafiki calls their team members.