“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this; to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27
Rafiki means “friend” in Swahili. Rafiki Africa Ministries is a U.S. 501©3 non-profit organization and a Uganda Registered NGO based in the City of Kampala, which is in the southern region of Uganda, East Africa.
Joseph Kiwanuka and Sara Hamilton Kiwanuka are the founders and current directors. Sara lived most of her life in Pflugerville, Texas attending First Baptist Church Pflugerville, where she participated in various mission trips with the “youth group”. At the age of 14, God called Sara to devote her life to missions. Sara started going to Uganda on medical mission trips while a nursing student at The University of Mary Hardin Baylor.
At the age of 23, following graduation from nursing school, God laid it on Sara’s heart to open a home for orphaned, destitute, and vulnerable children and began to work towards that goal. While serving in Uganda she met her husband, Joseph Kiwanuka, a Christian Ugandan man, who also has a love for children and ministry. Together they founded Rafiki Africa Ministries in 2009 and began helping orphaned and hurting children from the surrounding communities.
Currently, the Rafiki Children’s Home is providing support for many children. They work alongside local police, local officials, and other mission organizations, such as Samaritan’s Purse, to provide a safe home for children and help to resettle children with their family. The Rafiki Africa Ministries staff includes caregivers who live at the Children’s home, and case workers, who work with children and families to find the best possible care for the children. Some of the children have special needs, such as Mary, who has cerebral palsy, and Cocus, who came to Rafiki with spinal Tuberculosis.
Over 3 million destitute children are living in the streets and ghettos of Uganda. Many of these children are orphaned by poverty, war, disease, and malnutrition. The goal of this ministry is to provide hurting children of Uganda hope and a future through discovering Jesus Christ. Christian Rafiki staff and volunteer missionaries share the love of Jesus and the children are spiritually mentored and loved as they are cared for in the Rafiki home. Rafiki Africa Ministries provides access to education, quality medical care, nutritional food and clean water, as well as shelter in a family-style home. Our hope is that we can locate family members who will care for them in the long run. The ministry has been able to resettle some of the children with aunts and uncles, and some even back with their parents. The ministry helps these families with school fees, clothing, medical care, and Christian mentoring after they leave the Children’s Home.
Rafiki Africa Ministries is dedicated to not only help meet the needs of orphaned and suffering children in Uganda, but also to transforming their lives. As they look toward the future, they have bought land with the hope of building a children’s home and eventually a school. They have already begun to minister to the primarily Muslim families that live near the land. Short-term missionaries from the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia have served alongside the Rafiki staff at the home as well as in communities of Kampala. Rafiki partners with other ministries in Kampala, such as Samaritan’s Purse, working together to serve and love families and children in Uganda.
Rafiki Africa Ministries is supported by Rafiki Friends who give to the ministry by financially sponsoring a child on a monthly basis, or by making donations. Contributions are Tax-Deductible and an annual statement is mailed each year.
Sara Hamilton Kiwanuka – Email
Frank Hamilton – (512) 771-0681 USA
Rafiki – Friend: Pronounced – Raw Fee Kee – Swahili Language
You can be a friend to Rafiki Africa Ministries! Please consider giving to this ministry. We have immediate expenses: rent, utilities, household necessities to run the orphanage, and support for the children (clothing, food, education, and medical). Your help is greatly appreciated!
Donate Online – You will be taken to the Rafiki Africa Ministries Donation Page.
Print out this form and mail it to the address below:
Rafiki Africa Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box 3526
Pflugerville, Texas 78691-3526
Please make checks payable to: Rafiki Africa Ministries
Webale – Thank You: Pronounced – Way Buh Lee (Luganda Language)
RAFIKI AFRICA MINISTRIES is a non-profit organization in the State of Texas. 100% of money raised goes to helping orphaned and destitute children in Uganda. Rafiki is classified as a 501©3 charity and contributions to Rafiki are tax deductible under Sections 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of the tax code. Rafiki is qualified to receive tax-deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the code. This exemption is retroactive from the date of filing the 501C3. For further clarification, contact Frank Hamilton at (512) 771-0681 (USA)
Our sponsorship program helps to provide the children at Rafiki Africa Ministries with a home, clothes, food, schooling, and more. You can help change the life on a child in Uganda for $35.00/month. Click below to make a monthly donation to sponsor a child at our Rafiki Children’s Home.
As part of the sponsorship program, you will receive yearly updates about how your child is doing socially, emotionally, physically, and academically.
The children treasure letters from their sponsors. They think of their sponsors as their families and when a new letter comes, they often carry the letter around with them during the day and sleep with it at night.