About us

The word ‘Urafiki’ means ‘friendship’ in Kiswahili, and this small but very special charity began with a wish to build links and friendships between our community in the UK and another in Yala, Kenya. Links that would enable the Yala leaders to tackle the extreme poverty that is part of daily life for so many. Over time, these friendships have grown very deep. We trust each other, have shared values, and can see the real, lasting difference that our projects have made.

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Working with Communities in Kenya

It Starts With A Village Called Yala...

We work with the team in Yala, Kenya to support villages on their journey to becoming self-sustainable. Driven by a passion to create friendships, empower individuals and lessen poverty, we aim to make a lasting difference and serve the needs of the community. Our sponsorship programmes have already succeeded in helping thousands of people and we pledge to provide support until our help is no longer needed.

Orphans and Vulnerable Children

We provide orphans and vulnerable children with the physical, mental and emotional tools to help them through their primary education.

Supporting Elderly People

Elderly and vulnerable people who have no family to care for them, are provided with food, medicine and a communal meal each month.   

Secondary School Students

Our secondary education scheme supports children who would otherwise have no access to higher learning.

Disability Programme

Medical expertise, equipment and education are provided to community members with disabilities.

Further Education

We create opportunities for students who want to advance their knowledge and put something back into the community.

Hairdressing & Tailoring

Valuable skills are shared with community members to enhance their employment opportunities.

Our Values

Zero admin costs

Not a single penny is spent on administrative costs, so all funds go directly to the people who need them.

An empowered community

The team in Yala determines which programmes would be of most benefit to the community and we support their ideas.

Long term sustainability

All of our programmes are designed to have long-term sustainable benefits for the community.

What We Have Achieved Since 1999
1,492

children sponsored through secondary school

46

young adults supported through university and vocational training

73,000

meals served to elderly people who otherwise would not eat everyday

 
 

Meet The Team

Simon Ayodi

Director - Kenya

 “Change starts with the little you have. If you want to go fast, travel alone; if you want to go far travel together. Education, skills and jobs will help us tackle this extreme poverty.”​​

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Nancy Ajanga

Programme Director - Kenya

“I cannot stand by and watch if my neighbour has lost hope in life and cannot see how to feed her children. Holding hands together we can create a better world for all our children, if given a chance everyone can succeed in life.”

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Steve Mmbiah

Finance Director - Kenya

“I have volunteered to serve my community with my heart and hands. I won’t stop until my people have the skills to change the face of Yala.”​

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Maggie Bamber

Trustee

“I wanted to get involved with URAFIKI from its kitchen-table start. We have been lucky enough to be able to raise, feed and clothe our own 5 children and I wanted to help others in poorer communities do the same.”​

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Mari Davis

Trustee

"Seeing the horrific impact of poverty first hand has changed the way I see the world. Direct action by a committed group of people really can change not just one life but many."​

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Imelda Wightman

Trustee

“Urafiki means friendship and the joy of friendship with the people of Yala enriches my life. I give thanks for all that they do.”​

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