The Greatest Wish

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Rose wrote “My Greatest Wish” as a 4th grade school assignment in the fall of 2006 several weeks before she was so tragically killed. It is replicated here exactly as Rose wrote it. Our hope is that “My Greatest Wish” will inspire you to help make Rose’s wish come true in whatever ways you and your […]

The Apiche Family

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On the first anniversary of Rosie’s death, Joni and Ciff found out about the Apiche family, an orphaned family of eight living in rural Kenya, from Cliff’s sister Erika who had met one of the elder brothers, Mark, while attending a conference in Nairobi, Kenya’s capitol city. Across continents they reached out to each other and found […]

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Some of the new desks, providing a better learning environment and employment for local carpenters too

When Rosie wrote “My Greatest Wish,” she included a phrase that said: “I don’t think I can accomplish this task myself. It will involve alot of people.” We firmly believe that anyone who wants to help make a difference, should be able to make a difference. Even $1.00 can greatly assist a child or family. […]

Projects

Rosie’s Rafikis is currently involved with five major projects in Africa. Read all about our journey in helping to provide supplies and professional development for schools, providing scholarships, supporting the Medical Center, beautifying bus shelters and supporting local artisans.

School

Scholarships

Medical Center

Bus Shelters

Community Support

 

 

Learn More About Our Projects

  • Welcome to Nyagweno

    School

    Rosies’s Rafikis charitable efforts in Kenya began at the Nyagweno Primary School in Nyabondo, Nyanza Province. Our director Mark Apiche and his family all went to primary school there and it was sorely in need of help when we first visited in July, 2008. Read more…

  • Joni in rural Nyabondo

    Community Support

    Many many people in rural Kenya are poor subsistence farmers, barely making enough money to pay for food and shelter for their family. It is hard, if you haven’t actually been there, to truly understand the depth of the poverty. Read more…

  • a typically overloaded matatu

    Bus Shelters

    Many people in Kenya travel by means of matatus which are 15 passenger vans. Typically, the matatus are overcrowded and quite scary to be on! Read more…

  • Joni and Mark in Sondu at the "Doctor's Office"

    Medical Center

    Medical care is too expensive for most people – a doctor’s visit is about ten dollars – out of the reach of most. The Sigoti Medical Center provides health care for those who cannot afford it. Read more…

  • Soline at  Our Lady of Perpetual Help at Ahero

    Scholarships

    In the spring of 2011, a number of Rosie’s friends in Foxboro got together to honor Rose and design some projects, including a scholarship program for students in Kenya. Read more…