This strong desire to make a difference in people’s lives started long time ago. It is just recently that it re-ignited when I visited Rabai.
Rabai is a historic location in Kilifi County, Kenya. It’s the first place in Kenya where missionaries of the Church Missionary Society (CMS) established a Christian Mission.
The people of Rabai are known as Warabai in Swahili and speak Kirabai. Warabai belong to Mijikenda, the nine tribes found in the Kenyan Coast.
There is a rich history in Rabai, one that includes Kaya. Kaya means both home and sacred forest. Historically, the Kaya is home of their ancestral spirits and locus for various ceremonies. The Rabai Museum is a must visit when in Rabai.
Driving through the rough road, the landscape is majestic with coconut trees quite evident. My Mentorship team and I head to one of the schools to give out books and share motivational talks.
The weather being a little bit unpredictable, it starts to drizzle. The raindrops bring out the earthly redolence from the wet grounds. It arouses my senses in a memorable way that only an African child understands best.
I am one person who relishes good moments especially those involving betterment of others, making them more valuable.
After a one hour drive from Mombasa, through the newly built SGR Terminus route we arrive at Kaliang’ome Primary School. We are welcomed with open arms and the excitement is quite visible.
Books are rich in knowledge and my desire is for every African child to be replenished with a lot of necessary information available.
My key focus is on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1 and 4, No poverty and Quality Education respectively. These goals among others are meant to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.
How do I plan to do this? It’s simple, by devising ways to increase knowledge in young people through books. The Book Drives I host in different parts of the country is my mission to bring the changes I desire to see in the world.
Upon completing our mentorship talks we distribute reading materials and books to the school children.
Welcome to Travel Rafikis , a social impact network of friends who travel to create positive change and impact communities on sustainable goals 1 and 4. Travel Rafikis collect books from willing givers and share them with young people who need them most. Travel Rafikis don’t just travel for travel, they travel for community impact.
Scholars and prophets believe knowledge is important. Prophet Muhammad said and I quote, “A person who follows a path for acquiring knowledge, Allah will make easy the passage for him”.
Further research from the Holy books emphasis on the importance of knowledge is noticeable. In the Bible, Proverbs 18:15 says, “The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge for the ears of the wise seek it all out”.
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