Rosie's Rafikis Director of Operation Mark Apiche and the Dago Group

Community Support

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. Most families still live in homes built of dried mud with no electricity or running water. There are some individuals and families who cannot always meet even these basic needs. They may not have money to pay for food, warm clothing or other necessities. Shelters and food pantries do not exist. People take care of one another, even if they can barely survive themselves. Rosie’s Rafikis has begun to support some of the neediest people by providing food, blankets, and medical care for short periods of time.

One project to build sustainability is by supporting local artists and artisans. Many people make beautiful crafts, paintings, and clothing. We have purchased many items to sell on our website (see store). All proceeds from those items sold will go back to the artisans to help build their own businesses.

Director of Operations, Kenya for Rosie’s Rafikis, Mark Apiche, has initiated community youth groups to come up with additional ideas to improve life in and around Nyabondo and the nearest town, Sondu. These efforts are ongoing and a way to spread the word about Rosie’s Rafikis and the help we want to provide to the community. The first of these groups, called the Dago Project, wants to build water catchments to help keep people’s homes and fields from flooding during the annual rains. In early 2013 Rosie’s Rafikis provided a grant enabling the Dago Group to purchase 75-100 chairs to be rented out as a way to raise funds for their community support efforts. Mark’s wife Christine has graciously allowed the group to store the chairs free of charge in the back room of her little shop in the Nyabondo marketplace so thank you very much, Christine!

Mark continues to help the community by providing subsidies to widows and other needy elderly folks who have trouble making ends meet.

Rosie's Rafikis Director of Operation Mark Apiche and the Dago Group