Rapha House Kenya | A Non Profit Organization | Rapha House Kenya | A Non Profit Organization
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OUR MISSION

To open the doors for youth to dream and write beautiful stories with their lives. To encourage and equip the youth of Mombasa to be the change they want to see in their city.

OUR STORY

In 2007, four friends were backpacking through East Africa and came upon the street community in Mombasa. Seeing the enormity of the problem: small kids doing drugs, young pregnant girls, and no adults to protect them, the group decided instead of turning a blind eye, to stay and learn more. After spending months in the dumpsite with the kids, playing games, learning bits of Swahili, the four friends made a much larger family of friends and started to seek out how to help these kids have a second chance.
A year later, with new team members, the urgency to help the street community along with a growing vision of how to actually do that came together in a home. Eight youth and one baby moved into the Rapha House with our Mozambican family and 3 college students. Rapha comes from the Hebrew word for healing, and there is no better description to use.
We became a family, learning how to live together, speak the same language, overcome addictions and conflict together, crossing international and tribal barriers with love.  The youth started to go back to school, and the house grew quickly to over 20 people. Twice a week we would pick up around 50 kids from the street and bring them to our house for a warm meal, a shower, some games, and Bible study.  We became apart of the street community, engaging the kids at the deepest level of their problem, sitting in the dumpsite with them, learning. Because we were consistently in people’s lives, trust was gained and the Rapha House became a place of refuge to a constant flow from the streets, a swinging door for any problem, for anyone to come, and be received as family.
Each year we take approximately 20 students to school, from 1st grade to university level. We started with one main family house and have grown to eight houses with a main house for the younger kids. Two of our students after finishing highschool were given scholarships to study at a Bible school in New Zealand. Because of their outstanding character and hard work, they have been able to stay in NZ for many years, and now have jobs, support themselves and family members remaining Kenya, and they are significant role models to the rest of the Rapha Family.
While there is a strong stigma in Kenya towards kids who have come from street life, our family has successfully beaten this stereotype. Many of our students become the top ranking in their class and chosen for class roles such as prefect, dorm leader, chaplain. Some of our students have won full scholarships to attend high performing schools paid for by local government leaders and Kenyan companies.
While it is the dream of most of our students attend university, some have different dreams and our vision to help them reach their personal potential in any journey they choose. We have athletes, mechanics, musicians, chefs, and entrepreneurs.
We desire our family to be well-rounded. Everyone in the Rapha House has learned a musical instrument, and many play for their schools or churches. Each year we take at least one family trip to learn more about different tribes and to see the beauty of Kenya. Safari trips are very expensive to impoverished Kenyan families, so taking our youth to see the pride of Kenya builds identity and dignity in their nation. Our favorite trips, however, are missional trips to different parts of Kenya to help different communities.  Our youth love to give back and volunteer their energy to help others.  We also focus on reconnecting each student with their families if possible, and sponsor each of them to visit home as often as possible and to bring healing into their families as well.
We take time each school break as a family encourage others still in the streets, visit the sick in hospitals, hold events for children’s homes and schools. We believe it is essential to our identity as a family to take time to give back to the community, teaching each student to care deeply for the needs of others. Now the students themselves, lead these events and do an amazing job.
We are very proud of our family and excited to watch them each reach their dreams.

OUR FAMILY

EVERY FAMILY HAS A STORY TO TELL.
WELCOME TO OURS.

We are brothers, sisters, mothers, and fathers from all different places that God brought together in one family. We represent many nations and tribes. Many of us came from the streets, but that does not define us.

OUR WORK

ONGOING WORK

Rapha House takes around 20 students to school each year providing all needs, counsel, housing, and community. Running an average 8 houses for youth who are becoming independent and a main family home for all to gather as well as house the younger children, our non-profit is built on family values. Each year we take on new students based on immediate need in the street community and surrounding villages.  We maintain a strong connection to the street community and village to be able to best support these groups which we do through differing events and projects.

 

If you would like to learn more about our work, please contact us.

UPCOMING PROJECTS

This 3 part Youth Project is designed to empowereducateequip, and give purpose to the at-risk, urban youth of Mombasa.  Giving the local youth the tools they need to bring positive change and value to the overall community of Mombasa.

 

Over two thirds of youth in Mombasa who complete primary education do not proceed into secondary schooling. Even those fortunate enough to graduate from high school struggle to find jobs with the high unemployment rate in Mombasa.

 

Many of these youth therefore remain out of school and idle. Few of these urban youth have minimal chance of accessing educational resources, local employment, or any youth development programs that may exist because of poverty. As a result, many youth remain idle and get lured into antisocial and risk-taking behaviors that plaque the coast such as drug abuse, prostitution, extremist groups, and crime. The tragedy that engulfs these urban youth is that while their energycreativity, and resilience are not adequately recognized by many – these qualities may lie dormant and undiscovered as these young people simply try to survive.

EMPOWER

The purpose of building the first ever skate park in Kenya is to attract youth of all ages, races, socio-economic status, background, religion to a central interest in this internationally popular youth recreation. Research has shown that skate parks put in at-risk youth communities can act as a medium for youth to leave behind their negative circumstances and start putting their attention into positive living.

EQUIP & EDUCATE

A modest coffee shop will serve as a place to gather, share information, job-train, socialize in a positive environment, and create NGO self-sustainability.  Kenyan coffee is internationally favored as one of the best in the world; we want to display that pride in Mombasa for the youth, by the youth.  We plan to open a café that trains youth in excellent customer service and prepares them for the job market.  We hope to use the café as a venue to create good discussions and allows them to get plugged in to the resources that will best help them.

GIVING PURPOSE

The music center will serve as a venue for youth to express themselves through music.  The performance venue will attempt to train youth in musical instruments and vocal lessons. It will seek to equip youth who have talent to gain experience and use their talents to further them in their futures. This venue can also serve as a location from which to teach and educate youth in moral, healthy, positive lifestyles.

GIVE

RAPHA HOUSE THANKS YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

Our goal is to equip the at-risk youth take hold of the future and create a better community in Mombasa and be the change they want to see in their city. Your support and/or gift helps to make this goal a reality.

WHERE DO DONATIONS GO?

The daily housing, food, etc. of the Rapha House Family.

The students who do not yet have a personal sponsor.

The fund for the Youth Project.

If you would like to specify which student or project you are donating to or have any questions regarding donations, please contact us. Rapha House Kenya is a 501c3 and U.S. tax-deductible.

Thank You For Your Support.


CONTACT US

Rapha House Kenya

P.O. Box 80100-90018

Mombasa,Kenya

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