Rafiki Children’s Village for Liberia Soon


The Inquirer
Monrovia, Liberia

Distributed by

The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

August 20, 2004

An international non-governmental organization (NGO), Rafiki Foundation which has a branch office in Tanzania, says it will shortly embark upon the construction of a Children’s Village in Liberia.

Making the disclosure to journalists early this week, the foundation’s Director General and Founder Madam Rosemary Jensen, said the proposed children’s village will provide vocational skills training among other essential needs to orphan children.

Madam Jensen who is in the country along with her husband to assess the possibility of constructing the proposed children village, said when established, the village will house 180 children.

She said her foundation will provide tender care to these children by providing them with academic and vocational education as well as catering to their health among others.

Madam Jensen who along with her husband, is guest of the Winston Tubman family, said although her foundation understands that Liberia has many pressing needs after a brutal civil war, it can only absorb 180 orphans for now when the village is constructed.

She said her foundation will bring in some missionaries to assist in catering to the children. According to her, only orphans below 6 years will be accepted by the foundation.

On the issue as to how much it would cost the foundation to build the proposed village, Madam Jensen put the cost at a little over US$2 million. She said her foundation would solicit the assistance of some of its donors to provide funding for the proposed village.

The Rafiki Foundation was established in 1985 in Tanzania with the aim of turning helpless children especially in Africa, into godly contributors of the world.

The foundation has branches that are in operation in countries such as Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria and Uganda.

It provides community programs to citizens, homes for orphans, provision of periodic medical clinics among others.

One of its major financiers is the United States Government.

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