We started from the bottom up & we think change does too.

Our Story

When twenty-three year old Dorothy Dulo returned home from school to her village in western Kenya, she found her parents had taken in many orphaned children.
The AIDS epidemic had ravaged her village of Alendu, abruptly orphaning dozens of children. Unexpectedly left with only distant relatives to relatives to provide for their basic needs, these children had little hope of living a good life.

Dorothy’s father, a retired educator by trade, began teaching a kindergarten class for these children who had no where else to turn. Without access to a classroom, the students started their education under the shade of a nearby tree.

Our Model

Rafiki Africa is involved in various projects that are focused in empowering community.

How to get Involved...

No matter how you choose to get involved, when you’re a part of the Rafiki Africa, the support of generous people like you empowers us to achieve our mission.

Recent News & Updates

Introducing High School Class of 2022

Rafiki Africa provides holistic education to girls and boys who are vulnerable and may not have a chance to get an education at all. Every year LightHouse Academy, a school sponsored by Rafiki Africa, graduates the 8th grade class to join High School. Rafiki has partnered with other High Schools for our students to attend

Update: Voices from the Class of 2021

After spending 11 years (K_8th grade) with most of these students, in January 2018 they left LightHouse Academy to go to High School. The teachers, staff, parents, and community at LightHouse knew they had established a solid foundation that would enable them to excel in every aspect of their education in High School. During their

Alendu has Water!

In the fall of 2016, our borehole struck clean water. In January of this year, we started water distribution implementation process. The trenches were dug, water pipes laid, water pump and solar installed and treatment house completed. We tested our water flow, made that test-run water available to all community members for free, so they could