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Darren Bedding Photography is delighted to be partnered with the Rafiki Thabo Foundation, a fantastic, grassroots charity that impacts on the lives of young people in Kenya, Uganda and Lesotho. When you book a Dog Photography or Family photography session through this page the £49 session fee will go directly to the charity, supporting their work today and in the future.

Who are rafiki thabo foundation?

Rafiki Thabo Foundation aims to improve the quality of life and increase the life opportunities for deprived members of their link communities by providing them with the means to continue with their secondary and higher education. They believe that a lack of hope and education is true poverty.

Their vision is that that young people, including those living with disabilities, will be empowered through education to fulfil their potential and initiate positive change in their communities. They do this by enabling access to education in Kenya, Uganda and Lesotho.

Why are we supporting Rafiki Thabo foundation?

We are delighted to partner with the Rafiki Thabo Foundation. This is an absolutely brilliant charity, one that is close to our hearts and it is an obvious choice for us to embrace Rafiki Thabo Foundation as our corporate charity: We see the difference it makes when an individual is given a chance to flourish, being a family business ourselves we have had the privilege to give each other lots of opportunities. We want to help Rafiki Thabo Foundation do the same for their scholars. The thought of children not having those opportunities that we have taken for granted is heart-breaking. Every child deserves to become the best person that they can be, to fulfil their potential, and if we can make a difference by raising money for the charity and improving the lives of those that are not as fortunate as ourselves, then it is an absolute privilege!

How can you help?

When booking your Dog or Family Photography session with Darren Bedding Photography through our unique booking link on this page we donate the full £49 to Rafiki Thabo Foundation. This amount will pay for one of the poorest children at Rafiki Thabo Foundations’ link school in Uganda to receive a free school meal every day for more than half a year! For many of the children supported through Rafiki Thabo Foundation’s ‘Eat Well to Learn’ programme, this is the only nutritious meal they will most days. Imagine walking several hours to get to school every day and then trying to focus and learn in lessons, on an empty stomach. Free school meals not only give children the energy to learn, but act as a magnet to get children to school and continue coming. Many would otherwise be kept at home by their parents to help work on the land to raise money for food. With access to free school meals, parents are more likely to let their children go to school as they become one mouth less to feed at home. Using Darren Bedding Photography, you help Rafiki Thabo Foundation enable access to education for children who would otherwise not have the opportunity!

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What do rafiki thabo foundation do?

Rafiki Thabo Foundation aims to improve the quality of life and increase the life opportunities for deprived members of their link communities by providing them with the means to continue with their secondary and higher education. They believe that a lack of hope and education is true poverty.

Their vision is to empower young people in Kenya, Uganda, and Lesotho to fulfil their potential and initiate positive change in their communities.  They do this by enabling access to education.

Their core programme provides grants to promising students (Rafiki scholars) who have each qualified and obtained a place at secondary or higher education, but who without our support would be unable to afford the fees and instead would remain at home, labouring to help put food on the table or in the case of girls, be married off at a tender age for dowry. Education empowers and transforms the scholars’ lives, many becoming doctors, nurses, business leaders and community workers. It is imperative to their trustees to have full visibility of the financial support we provide. Rafiki Scholars apply and are selected by volunteer in-country committees, made up of community leaders known personally to the trustees. Fees are transferred directly to the educational institutions ensuring no money goes astray.

Education of course does not exist in a vacuum; at Rafiki Thabo they also support the development of school infrastructure and equipment, to further their aim to increase access to education. They also run an ‘Eat Well to Learn’ programme where 70 of the poorest students at their link school in Uganda are provided with a nutritious lunch each day, making it possible for them to continue in school. For most, this is the only meal they eat every day. Without this they would take on the long and hazardous walk to and from school every day, and be expected to concentrate and learn, on an empty stomach.

They nurture a relationship, not dependency, they aim to inspire their scholars to help others in their communities and encourage participation in their in-country alumni networks. When Scholars graduate and are able, they reach out and support the next generation either financially or through mentoring. They also aspire to educate their developed world audience and supporter base about Africa and the development issues it faces and build networks between their supporters, beneficiaries, international development practitioners and other partners.

The drive behind Rafiki Thabo is clear: positive and sustainable change in local economy, politics and health can and will happen. Gender equality and an end to poverty is possible. Underpinning it all is education.”

 

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