Ria and Jan Hulsbosch start fishproject

Inhabitants Makongeni get a free fish.

Target / Goal of the project:

Jan and Ria Hulsbsch have decided to start a fish project. The goal of this project is to take care that the fisherman from Makongeni Village have a possibility for an income now that tourism is not starting to grow fast enough. Fisherman cannot sell the fish to the hotels because there are not guests or not enough in the hotels. The Rafiki Kenia Foundation is now able to buy the fish from the fisherman due to this sponsorship. Fisherman are sometimes going to the see using a spear, an old surfboard or with a boat.

Fishing with an old surfboard   Catching the fish with a spear and a mask   By boat to the deep sea

The fish which is caught by the fisherman is transported in a bag to Makongeni. There the fish is collected by people out of the village or brought away by the fishermans or other people from the village to give away in the village. This is the way that every one has the chance to get a fish when the times come.

Fisherman are bringing the fish away in the evening   The fish is carried in a bag   This family gets a free fish

The facts:
- Fisherman have an income despite the lack of tourists. 
- Sometimes days after each other there is no fish at all. 
- People in the village have a chance to get a free fish. 
- Every one in the village has the same chance. 
- 100 fisherman have a chance to earn some money every day. 
- Emergency help is given, but the money circulates in the village. 
- In june and Juli 2008, 500 kg fish is bought from the fisherman and gave away fro free. 

The result:

- There is the joy to have a job 
- Fisherman have an income despite there are no tourists in the hotels. 
- There is no hunger 
- There is hope for a better future 

If you are interested in sponsoring fish for the people in this poor village and in this way give support to the fisherman too when tere are no tourists please transfer than your donation to account number 2641014 on behalf of Stichting Rafiki Kenia in Rotterdam please mentione "fish project"

For payment instructions see the information page or use the button (ONLINE DONEREN) on this page. The Foundation Rafiki Kenia thanks you beforehand for your contribution.

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Ria Hulsbosch died

In Memorial

On May 21, 2010 we received the sad news that Ria Hulsbosch was deceased. The last few years Ria and Jan were ambassadors of the Rafiki Kenia Foundation (Stichting Rafiki Kenia). They have contributed their time and support on a heartwarming way and have done a lot for the people in the village of Makongeni in Kenia. In her we lose a critical but highly respected volunteer of the Rafiki Kenia Foundation. Also in the background, she meant a lot for the Foundation. We will miss her very much. We wish her children and Jan a lot of strength and we will never forget Ria. 

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22 beds given away in Makongeni

A bed for a child.

Target / Goal of the project:

In Makongeni 85 % of the children are sleeping on the ground or in beds which almost fall apart. Due to this fact the Foundation Rafiki Kenia has decided to give away beds and matrasses. Every family could register their name for a bed. We hope that with the help of you we can offer as much as possible children a better place to sleep. A bed from size 1.83 meter (6 feet) at 1.22 meter (4 feet) included matrass costs Euro 65,00.

An old bed   An old bed   An old bed

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From every occasion where we give away beds pictures are made. Every one who sponsors a bed for a child gets a newsletter with pictures of the bed they sponsored.

Putting the beds together   Buying the matrasses in Mombasa   The delivery of a bed

The facts:

- Every family has a chance to get a bed and matrass. 
- The beds are made by a local carpenter. 
- Young people can be trained to be a carpenter. 
- Matrasses are bought in Mombasa. 
- In total 115 families were happy to get a bed till now. 
- Everyone from this village has the same chance. 

The results:

- There is joy and happiness when someone gets a bed. 
- Children are better prepared to go to school. 
- Children have less chance to be ill, due to the fact not to sleep on the floor anymore. 
- There is hope on a better future 

A row with bed to give away   A happy family with a new bed  Happy children on their new bed   


Do you also want to sponsor a bed and make a whole family happy with it ? Please transfer than 65 Euro to account number 2641014 on behalf ofStichting Rafiki Kenia in Rotterdam please mentione "a bed for a child in Kenia"

For payment instructions see the information page or use the button (ONLINE DONEREN) on this page.


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Ria and Jan Hulsbosch finance sewingschoolproject

Women get training to be a tailor.

Target / Goal of the project:

Jan and Ria Hulsbosch have decided to sponsor a tailoringschool project. The goal of this project is to take care that a number women is following tailoring classes for a period of 7 months to become a professional tailor. All the women from the village could apply for this course. In future we will therefore use a waitinglist. When the women have succesfully finished there classes and got ther certificate there is a possibility for them to apply for a micro credit to start there own tailoring business. The women learn to make dresses, uniforms, blouses, trousers etc. The teacher is by this way also able to take care for his own family.

The first 3 women who go to sewing class

A few monts ago Ria and Jan Hulsbosch ask for information at the Rafiki Kenia Foundation if it was possible to start a tailoring school project in Makongeni Village. The project started on the 23rd of june 2008 by hiring a teacher, followed by buying Singer handsewing machines. With this women get a possibility for a better life for them and their family in the future.

Th teacher prepares the sewing machines     One of the women gets private training


The facts:

- There is a tailoringschool built made of stone. 
- 15 hand sewing machines including table have been bought and. 
- 2 zigzag and 2 overlock machines and 1 embroidery machine incl. table. 
- All women from the village could apply for a place. 
- These women gets 12 months of training for which they can get a certificate. 
- After finishing their training they can apply for a micro credit to start 
   there own tailoring business. 
- A qualified teacher has been assigned to train these students. 
- On 16 november 2008 is the Rafiki Kenia Tailoring College officially opened. 

Pictures Rafiki Kenia Tailoring College:

Teacher, student and child for whom she made a schooluniform   1 Singer, zigzag and overlock machine   

The Rafiki Kenia Tailoring College   The classroom   The teacher and a student, at the back the schooluniforms which are made there


- There is happiness for having a good job 
- There is no hunger 
- There is hope for a better future 

Do you also want to sponsor a sewing machine and education by which you give a women the chance to get an income and pleasure in her work ? Please transfer than 300 Euro to account number 2641014 on behalf of Stichting Rafiki Kenia in Rotterdam please mentione "sewing school project"

For payment instructions see the information page or use the button (ONLINE DONEREN) on this page.


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Since 2006, we at Rafiki Kenia Foundation are working towards the social upliftment of the people of Makongeni village and its surroundings in the Kwale district of Kenya.

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