Our vision is that young people, including those living with disabilities, will be empowered through education to enable them to reach their full potential and initiate positive change in their communities. We do this by enabling access to education, working through local committees made up of community leaders known personally to the trustees. Our programmes centre around the Taita Taveta region and Thika town in Kenya, Teyateyaneng area in Lesotho and Kabale district in Uganda.
Rafiki Thabo was set up in 2006 by Jon Uglow who, after having spent 8 months living in a rural community in Kenya, realised that while he and his gap year peers all headed home to their university education and safe futures, his Kenyan friends just did not share the same opportunities, no matter how bright or driven they were. For the majority, affording an education and all the social and economic opportunities that it would bring was a remote possibility; their parents were subsistence farmers, they would be subsistence farmers. It was Jon’s passion to help change the outcome and break the poverty cycle – even for just a few – that resulted in Rafiki Thabo being set up, working closely with people he and his fellow trustees had lived with and gotten to know extremely well in Kenya, Uganda and Lesotho. These trusted friends and contacts subsequently became the in-country committees and remain so today.