The Rafiki Foundation is an ACCS member. Theirs is a beautiful story of serving those most in need and also providing children with a classical Christian education. Read their story in the article below.

Timeline of the Rafiki Villages

“Rafiki Villages sit on at least 50 acres of land and consist of a children’s home for orphans, a Pre-K through 12th-grade Christian classical school for the orphans and children in poverty from the community, a teachers college, a soccer field and playground, a guesthouse for overseas volunteers, housing for missionaries, and a farm.”

  • Ghana is home to the very first Rafiki Training Village in Africa. It includes 28 buildings that house residential, educational, and medical facilities.
  • The Kenya Village was previously the former weekend residence of the first President of Kenya, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. In the administrative offices of Kenyatta House, the presidential coat of arms that were cast into the walls of Mzee’s one-time residence can still be seen throughout the ground floor of the facility.
  • The Liberia Village sits alongside the main road from the International Airport to the capital city of Monrovia. Established in 2007 on 50 acres of land, the village has 21 buildings to serve its students and residents.
  • The 73-acre Malawi village opened in August of 2005. To date, 28 buildings have been constructed to house the educational and residential facilities of children and staff.
  • The Nigeria village is a haven for some of the country’s nine million orphans. The 37-acre compound was established in 2003 and now has 33 buildings.
  • The Rwanda village, established in 2009, is a refuge of hope and peace about thirty miles south of the capital city of Kigali.
  • The 50-acre village in Tanzania is located at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, not far from where the Jensens ministered prior to founding Rafiki. It includes 21 educational and residential facilities for the Village residents.
  • The village in Uganda was dedicated to the Lord in February 2003. The 25-building village has enjoyed the fervent patronage of Uganda’s First Lady, Mrs. Janet Museveni.
  • The Zambia village is a lush, peaceful, 50-acre, 22-building compound oasis in a rural setting in the Province of Lusaka. This village was dedicated in 2006.
  • Before its conversion to an Ethiopia Village in 2009, the property had been a large farm. Now it is home to widows, orphans, and the country’s future leaders.


Rafiki n.friend

Young people are probably more familiar with the word rafiki than older adults. For them, rafiki is a character in Disney’s Lion King. But rafiki is so much more than that. It is the word in the Swahili language for “friend.” And the Rafiki Foundation has been a friend to Africa for 35 years.

Rafiki Is a Friend to Africa’s Orphans and Widows