The Rafiki Clinic opened in 2016 thanks to many partners and supporter like you. It continues to grow and thrive providing care for teens and young adults in a way that meets their needs, builds community and creates opportunities for new, creative programming. With space for clinical care, meeting rooms, group counseling and fun events like dance and more - the clinic is a special place for a population that so deeply needs it.
We are closing this campaign, but our work continues. We are grateful to everyone who has supported the clinic's launch and continued success.
On behalf of our Rafiki staff and adolescents, ASANTE SANA!
The Rafiki clinic continues to grow with hundreds of adolescents involved in groups and programs. The smooth operation of the clinic would not be possible without the peer mentors who lead groups, activities, and more for the clients. Their passion and commitment are admirable.
Plans are underway to expand the facilities of the clinic, including outdoor spaces. All programmatic activities currently take place inside the clinic, and undergoing this expansion will allow for much-needed additional clinical space inside.
Look forward for more updates about growth in adolescent care in this New Year.
I had an opportunity to visit the Rafiki clinic in July and August and it was such a pleasure! During the school August holiday, the clinic was bustling with often 30-50 clients per day.
I was particularly impressed by all of the youth: They are amazing leaders. The peer mentors engage clients with one on one counseling and linking them to support groups. There are about 6 support groups which are led by the psychosocial counsellors and the peers. The clients are there for each other, through thick and thin.
Not only do the peer mentors help link the clients into support groups, but they also help plan the adolescent fun days. Fun days are held during the school holidays and away from the clinic. It’s a time for all the clients to support each other away from the usual clinic setting and just have fun with food, music, and usually a lot of dancing! About 100 teens attend!
The clinic is growing. We serve more than 900 adolescents! Currently, the support groups and salsa dancing are held within the clinic. With your support, we aim to build an outdoor veranda on the clinic grounds for the support groups. This will allow us to use the current social space for clinical needs, including upcoming antenatal services. We will be getting quotes, plans, and timelines soon.
Look forward for more updates about our growth and thank you for your continued support!
Thank you for all your support of The Rafiki Center of Excellence in Adolescent Care. Rafiki means friend in Swahili, and it reflects our commitment to a safe and adolescent-friendly clinic. The clinic has now been running for more than a year and we want to give you a glimpse of what your support gives our patients and the friendliness it provides.
Our adolescents shared these statements about what the clinic means to them:
“I see Rafiki clinic as a safe haven for adolescents and young people”
“The clinic stands out as a center of excellence in HIV management, access to information, and a rehabilitative center for the young people who explore on their talents and find mentorship on how to live a positive life free from stigmatization and discrimination.”
“What I love the most about Rafiki is the flexibility of the staff with the aim of assisting the young people without judging them”
“Adolescents can access services without discrimination”
“Confidentiality of every client’s information is what I love most about Rafiki. There are many different activities at Rafiki so no one really knows of the health issues the adolescent is facing. They can access care without any of their peers branding them as infected.”
Without your support, our adolescents would not have had this safe and friendly space to access the care they need and deserve. Thank you for all that you have done for the clinic!
We simply want to take this time to give thanks to all who have supported us, the AMPATH adolescent providers, the staff and the adolescents. The clinic has been operating for just over one year, and the adolescents would not have had a medical home, it if weren't for you.
This year brings much ahead: Starting a reproductive health care catered to street connected youth, further rolling out of pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV, and more skills trainings in art work in collaboration with a well-established AMPATH supported initiative, Imani Workshop.
Thank you again for staying involved! Asante Sana!
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