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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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Employability and Skills

URAFIKI’s employability and skills programme was set up by the team to encourage long-term, sustainable change in Yala. The cycle of poverty stems back to people leaving school at a young age with little to no professional skills and having children when they are just children themselves. Often turning to a life of alcohol seems like the only option.  

 

With your sponsorships, the URAFIKI team can continue developing courses to run at the community centre.  Courses include carpentry, hairdressing and beauty, sewing and tailoring, all of which provide people with the skills needed for employment. As people find jobs their family living standard improves and so does the attitude of the community to learning a trade.

Petronilla's Success Story

When Petronilla Anemba was 14, her father told her that, because she was a girl, she was not allowed to go to secondary school. Without an education, Petronilla could not support herself and was in grave danger of being forced into an early marriage. Desperate for help, Petronilla’s mother approached the team and asked if there was any way her daughter could learn a trade.

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Thanks to sponsors, Petronilla has learnt to sew at the community centre. She has helped make school uniforms for orphans and vulnerable children and takes great pride in her work. The scheme has been life-changing for Petronilla and she now has hope for the future.