Rafiki Foundation

Rafiki Foundation

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Name: Mary Floye Federer
Email: mffederer@fpchouston.org
Phone: Mary Floye Federer

Help Foster a Love for Reading in Africa

Rafiki Foundation is developing libraries for the Rafiki Institute of Classical Education (RICE), their program that is training Christian teachers for Africa. Rafiki's desire is to have books available for the RICE students to read and use.  Many of the books are children's books as they want to develop the students' knowledge and love for children's literature. For more information on the RICE program, click here.

Click here for the list of books. 

Books should be in good shape, with no writing in them except possibly on the title page. Library binding would be nice, but paperback is okay. Books may be mailed directly to Rafiki Foundation's home office or brought to the Global Mission office or left at the Welcome Center.

If mailing to Rafiki, write on the outside of the box, RICE in all caps.

Rafiki Foundation
23315 CR 44A
Eustis, FL 32736

Thank you for helping Rafiki Foundation to better equip the Christian leaders of Africa!

For questions, contact Mary-Floye Federer at mffederer@fpchouston.org or 713.620.6485.


 “Rafiki” means friend in Swahili and depicts the purpose of the Rafiki Foundation—to befriend orphans and widows in their distress (James 1:27). The mission of the Rafiki Foundation is to help Africans know God by caring for and educating orphans, providing materials and training in education and Bible study, and giving economic opportunities to widows.

To accomplish this mission, Rafiki established ten Rafiki Training Villages within the African countries of Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, and Ethiopia. These Villages provide living, educational, and lifestyle facilities through Rafiki’s five programs: Childcare, Education, Bible Study, Advanced Learning Institute, and Widows.

Rafiki Foundation has been a partner of FPC since the early 1990s.  FPC member, Karen Elliott was called to serve with Rafiki in Nigeria, and was supported as one of FPC missionaries until her return to work in the home office of Rafiki Foundation.  Upon Karen’s return, Global Missions shifted financial support from missionary support to support of the ministry.  In 2005, a small team from FPC joined Rafiki on a vision trip to see seven of their ten villages in east Africa.  Following the trip, FPC felt called to support the establishment of the Rwanda Rafiki Village, providing financial support and missionary support.  Upon the completion of the village, FPC now provides general support to the ministry of Rafiki.

Rafiki Foundation is one of FPC Global partners that we encourage individuals or small groups of friends to serve with Rafiki on one of their short-term mission trips.  When FPC’s trips do not work with schedules, Rafiki would be an ideal ministry partner to consider for serving cross-culturally.  Rafiki provides excellent training and manages all the logistics of the “mini-missionary” as Rafiki calls their team members.