Rafiki Social Development Organisation

Our foundation currently works together with a local NGO in Tanzania, Rafiki SDO, recommended by Human Right Watch and Terre des Hommes.

Rafiki Social Development Organisation is based in Kahama, Tanzania. Founded in 2005, Rafiki SDO is a development and advocacy NGO working with children, youth, marginalized and vulnerable groups, families and their communities to reach their full potential by advocating for their rights and tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

Rafiki works in the poorest area of Tanzania, northwest and where most of the gold mines are located. Since a lot of people from the whole country move there in order to find work (80% of people are peasants in Tanzania), AIDS, poverty and child labour are one of the biggest problems to fight. Besides their AIDS programme for women and children, Rafiki has a programme to fight for children’s right for education and to give them another future than the unhealthy and dangerous working conditions in smaller gold mines.

Children are exploited by having little income and long working hours quarrying stones, digging down pits, washing the powdered stone (where they are in contact with mercury) and operating stone crushers. The programme’s goal is to withdraw them from the mines and provide them again education in form of vocational training (tailoring, motor vehicle maintanance, electrical installation and masonry).

The project is implemented in mainly 4 artisan gold mines in the area of Kahama (Iyenze, Kalole, Nyangarata, Mwakitolyo).

Rafiki team and Antoinette Vonder Muehll in front of Rafiki’s office at Kahama, 2017

Child working in one of the four local artisan gold mines near Kahama (Iyenze, Kalole, Nyangarata, Mwakitoloyo)

Map of Tanzania showing the gold mine area in the north west of the country

Mwakitolyo gold mine near Kahama

Visit of Rafiki team and A.Vonder Muehll at Mwakitolyo gold mine, January 2017

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