[Translate to English:] Spende von der Selma-Lagerlöf-Gemeinschaftsschule

[Translate to English:] Marcus Wack am 30.11.2018

Eine Spende für die KIUMAKO in Höhe von 4500 Euro hat Lehrerin Anja Stenhüser an die Verantwortlichen des RAFIKI e.V. Oliver Zantow und Marcus Wack überbracht. Das Geld wurde im Rahmen verschiedener Initiativen und Projekte an der Selma-Lagerlöf-Gemeinschaftsschule in Ahrensburg gesammelt.

Die Selma-Lagerlöf-Gemeinschaftsschule zählt seit vielen Jahren zu den ganz aktiven Unterstützern des RAFIKI e.V. und hat mit zahlreichen Spenden zum Schulbau in Mrimbo beigetragen.

[Translate to English:] Einweihung der KIUMAKO Secondary School

[Translate to English:] Marcus Wack am 15.10.2018

Nach fünfzehn Jahren Bauzeit ist die KIUMAKO School endgültig fertiggestellt und auch eingeweiht. Die Schule wurde unter Leitung des RAFIKI e.V. mit finanzieller Unterstützung von der BINGO Umweltlotterie sowie zahlreichen Spendern und Unterstützern aus Schleswig-Holstein erstellt. 

Entsprechend waren mit dem Vorsitzenden Oliver Zantow sowie Marcus Wack, Klaus Karpen und Wilfried Hoppe Vertreter des Kiel/Kellinghusener Vereins RAFIKI zur Einweihungsfeier nach Mrimbo gereist.

Bischof Mosha nahm begleitet von zahlreichen weiteren Würdenträgern der Region die Einweihungszeremonie vor.

Die zur Zeit 80 Schüler und Schülerinnen präsentierten den vielen Gästen ihr gut ausgestattetes Schulgebäude. Ein traditionelles Festessen mit Ziege und Chagga-Cake trug dabei genauso zu einem gelungenen Fest bei wie zahlreiche Aufführungen der Schüler und Schülerinnen.

Farewell celebration of the volunteers 2016/17

Marcus Wack, 06/09/2017

The volunteers of the generation 2016/17 are departed. Before that the eight teenagers of the RAFIKI and the ELIMU association had a big celebration at the area of the KIUMAKO School where they dismissed students, parents, teachers, headmasters, market women and many other women. In their closing speech, which they held together, they presented once again their outstanding knowledge of Swahili and thanked for the great acceptance which they got from the people in the region.
There were also many other speeches with a lot of words of thanks, among others from headmasters and pastors. The two associations are also thanking for the brilliant service of Laura, Nell, Charlotta, Elisabeth, Jule, Noah, Paul and Tyll.

Volunteers finished the basketball court

Marcus Wack, 02/09/2017

In the end of their voluntary service Jule and Laura finished building a basketball court for the students. Through the building of a second basket the stundents of KIUMAKO can play regular games now. Previously the court was fixed in its whole length and therefore represents one of the most professional basketball courts in the entire region.

KIUMAKO headmaster Sabbath Kimaro passed away

Marcus Wack, 04/08/2017

We are mourning about Sabbath Kimaro, our headmaster of the KIUMAKO Secondary School. He died today after a short disease. Our thoughts and our compassion are with his family and colleagues of the KIUMAKO Secondary School.

Sabbath Kimaro had a huge influence and amount of the advancement at the school and its establishment as a Secondary School. Especially through the contact with the German volunteers he showed a lot of instinctive feeling and was always a capable and descisive partner to all of us. We will keep Sabbath Kimaro in our memory as an open-minded, humorous and very interesting dialog partner.

The new generation of volunteers is prepared


Marcus Wack, 25/07/2017

At the beginning of July seven volunteers of the federal volunteer service WELTWÄRTS prepared themselves for their service at the RAFIKI association in Mrimbo/Tanzania including the KIUMAKO Secondary School. The workshops for their preparation lasted over ten days and took place in Münster and Kellinghusen. Since this year the Jungendrotkreuz Westfalen-Lippe is dedicated to RAFIKI as a WELTWÄRTS organization. In Münster they organized the general preparation for the volunteer service. After a short time the seven teenagers in the age between 18 and 21 met again in Kellinghusen at the rooms of BiBeKu. There they were prepared specifically for their service in many projects in Mrimbo from members of BiBeKu and Rafiki. Cooking of school lunches, different art, sports and music activities as well as environmental projects are still the focus in this year, especially in the afternoon program of the cooperating Primary and Secondary Schools. Furthermore there will be gaming and art activites at Kindergartens and in a facility for developmentally challenged children.
The service of the volunteers is especially supported through the commitment from the German partnership associations RAFIKI (Kiel/Kellinghusen) as well as ELIMU (Heikendorf). The preparation workshop in Kellinghusen was led by Marcus Wack, Upendo Towo and Pracseda Towo. Laura Schneider, Carolina Paar and Charlotte Masekowsky, who are former volunteers, also took part at the workshop and could give useful tips because of their experience from their own volunteer service. On September the second the volunteers start from the Helmut Schmidt Airport in Hamburg to the Julius Neyerere Airport in Daressalam, where they will be picked up by a bus which takes them to the Kilimandscharo in Uuwo.

WELTWÄRTS-mid-term seminar "All across Africa"

Marcus Wack, 26/04/2017

Now, after half of the voluntary service has past by, the eight volunteers from the associations RAFIKI and ELIMU had to take up a very special challenge. Conducted by Gilbert Towo and Marcus Wack the mid-term seminar took them all across Africa, from the Indian to the Atlantic Ocean.

Starting at their home village Uuwo at mount Kilimanjaro it went by bus to Daressalam via Bagamoyo. From there they continued by train and took the Tanzania-Zambia Railway to the 1850 km away town Kapiri Mposhi and then by bus to Lusaka, the capital of Zambia that happens to be the first stop. Two days the volunteers were able to absorb the differences between Zambia and their "native country" Tanzania. Subsequently the Zambia Railway took them to their next leg, the 600 km away town Livingstone. Besides numerous conversations on the work in the schools and youth projects the average speed of 20 km/h made it possible to enjoy an outstanding view of the countryside. One big highlight of the journey was in Livingstone the visit of the UNESCO world heritage, the Victoria Falls. Visits at the railway museum, the Livingstone museum as well as the jewish museum provided us diverse insights in history and stories of southern Africa. The following 1500 km by bus to Windhuk, the capital of Namibia, have propably been the most exhausting and partly most exciting of the whole journey. The bus brake down at the most extensive and uninhabited places and just before we got to Windhuk it completely gave up the ghost. At the end the tour delayed up to 30 hours, but after all it gave a nice opportunity to meet numerous interesting people from the Congo, from Simbabwe, Sambia and Namibia. Comparatively relaxed were the 500 km to Swakopmund. There it was pretty exciting to experience the "german" Africa, a city near the Atlantic Ocean where you can obviosly recognize the still excisting german influences. By arriving at the beach of Swakop our joint travel destination was achieved: "All across Africa - From Daressalam to Swakopmund".
Furthermore, with the support of the tanzanian mentor Upendo Towo, the fellow traveller Annika Butzke, the host father Gilbert Towo and the german mentor Marcus Wack, new ideas for the remaining five months at the different deployment sites at Kilimanjaro were formed. For RAFIKI e.V. did participate Nell Weiße, Elisabeth Siegel, Laura Brunkert and Jule Schmidt, for ELIMU e.V. Carlotta Schlusen, Tyll Röhrig, Noah Willmann and Paul Neumann.

What does culture mean to you?

At our partnership school, the "Gemeinschaftsschule am Himmelsbarg" in Moorrege, projects all about Tanzania took place. Within them their pupils made up questions about tanzanian culture and our students from KIUMAKO answered them. Here you can see what they think about their culture.

Voluntary work - who is actually helping who?

Here you can see one of our volunteers in an interview, from the Schleswig-Holstein Journal from 17/09/2016.

Our new volunteers are here!

Marcus Wack, 12/09/2016

Laura (Eckernförde), Laura (Kellinghusen), Elisabeth (Frankfurt), Nell (Bönningstedt) und Jule (Sylt) form our new volunteer team at KIUMAKO Secondary School in Uuwo. Four of them are going to spend twelve months at KIUMAKO as well as in the surrounding area to provide youth and educational work. Laura Schneider from Kellinghusen for example is going to get active especially in sport projects. Marcus acts as a mentor and coach for the volunteers, he already prepared them and gave on-site instructions.
Tomorrow starts a six-week swahili-course for the volunteers before they get started with all their energies with the numerous projects.

Between "Hakuna Matata" and volunteer work at mount Kilimanjaro

Here a short article by a volunteer from Bönningstedt from the magazine Dorf-Geflüster.

Farewell of our volunteers 15/16


One year in Uuwo/ Tanzania has come to an end with marvellous views. As a farewell to the volunteers of 2015/16 mount Kilimanjaro as well as Meru presented their best sides and accompanied the way to the airport very well. Six wonderful girls who left their marks inter alia at KIUMAKO will be remembered!

We are getting there

from Nancy Towo in july 2016

We are about to finish our kitchen project. Now the building is done. An energy saving stove and another one with gas have been manufactured.



Another step forward

from Nancy Towo on 24/07/2016

The volunteers organized some shelves for our computers at the KIUMAKO Secondary School. So now we can keep the computers in a good order.

Also some other shelves in the office of the volunteers have been arranged.

Some art too, like a drawing of the African map on a wooden plate.

Get ready, Goooo ...!

Nancy Towo, 24/07/2016

This year we already managed to prepare our new volunteers at the youth hostel of BiBeKu in Kellinghusen. This was a seminar for three days. There were total of eight volunteers that will go to Tanzania for one year. The seminar was conducted by the mentor of the volunteers Marcus Wack joined by the guests from KIUMAKO secondary school: William Lyimo, Pracseda Towo and Rehema Msella, some of the older volunteers: Lea Fiedler, Simon Dickmann, Lisa Schreiber, Eike Steinke and Lisa Eike and also the volunteers from Tanzania here in Germany: Mercy Lyimo and Nancy Towo.

This was such a great time together. We cooked Tanzanian food and talked about all the projects, that the volunteers will do. We also offered them a quick Swahili course done by Mercy Lyimo. It ended with a selfie together.




Nancy Towo, 23/07/2016

Sport activates, gives motivation and energy, brings fun ... That is what we want to do with our students at KIUMAKO. Some pictures of projects from the volunteers that make this possible.

For example now we have a perfect basketball field and also table-tennis.

RAFIKI-Network meeting 2016


from Nancy Towo in july 2016

This year at the RAFIKI  network meeting, which took place in the conference room of BiBeKu in Kellinghusen, nearly 30 people from different organisations were present. From the KIUMAKO Secondary School in Uuwo, where RAFIKI is supporting the building since more than 6 years, there was Rehema Msella, Pracseda Towo und William Lyimo.

While Oliver Zantow explained about the current situations at the KIUMAKO school, Marcus Wack informed about the works of the volunteers from Germany at Tanzania as well as the volunteers from Tanzania at Germany. Now Nancy Towo and Mercy Lymo are the first volunteers doing a south-north exchange through the weltwärts program in Kellinghusen.

Rahime Diallo from the Organisation DIASPORA Policy Institute lectured about Post colonialism and led a lively discussion.

At the end of the meeting all guests were invited to Pilau, maandazi, vegetables and chapati, tanzanian specials that were prepared by BIBEKU-chef Thomas Jöckel together with Pracseda Towo, Rehema Msella, Waqas Maqbool, Mercy Lymo and Nancy Towo.



"We don’t want to protect the environment, we want to create a world where the environment does not need to be protected!" This starts with the young generation.

Our volunteers and the KIUMAKO students work together for this at the "Mazingira club" - the Environment-Club of KIUMAKO.


Education for sustainability

From Nancy Towo on 31.05.2014


On 30 May 2016 RAFIKI received for the second time the NUN(Norddeutsch Und Nachhaltig ) certificate of Schleswig-Holstein for its work of education for sustainable development.

RAFIKI works in a chain way and makes impacts. It works with both Tanzanian and German youth. Where the German youth can learn and then share with the Tanzanians. In this way they make all of them sensitive to their environment.




From Nancy Towo, 30/05/2016

The action in the kitchen goes on. They already applied the concrete layer outside the kitchen wall and some parts inside. The sinks and the preparation place are also on progress.

Our volunteer Lars had the idea to build a sitting place under a tree. As you can see in the picture the students of KIUMAKO will be able to sit outside.

updates on the kitchen building


From Nancy Towo

Last week the working progress in the KIUMAKO kitchen kept on going. The people are still working on it to make sure that they finish.

The concrete for the energy saver cooker is already there. It has four cooking places. The pipes are installed in the floor and the walls. The place to put the windows is also ready.

And that’s how our kitchen building looks right now. The complision of the building will create the possibility for new teaching approach.



Mercy Lyimo und Nancy Towo in Germany

From Nancy Towo on 4/5/2016

"Today there is an article about our volunteery work story in Germany."

KIUMAKO sports facilities - basketball and table tennis

Marcus Wack, 03/04/2016

After graduating in Mechanical Engineering, Lars Dehmel from Kiel is completing a three-monthly voluntary service for RAFIKI. As a technician he especially supports the building of the KIUMAKO Secondary School. His first project was to continue the construction of the sports facilities. I.a. the passionate basketball player built and firmly installed a professional basketball basket. 

Furthermore he and his tansanian colleagues have built a table tennis table together, which is propably the first table in the whole region. The education at KIUMAKO is continuing tomorrow and and will take place at the Dining-Hall.


The kitchen building is in progress

Marcus Wack, 01/04/2016

The kitchen building got a roof. A company from Arusha has arrived with twenty employees last week to pour a concrete ceiling. It took one working day till the concrete ceiling, which can bear a second floor, was finished.

Lars Dehmel, our man on site, has observed the construction process and performed some small repairs. This also included the welding of the fence at the first floor.




Think outside of the box

Marcus Wack,  31/03/2016

Caroline Parr from Itzehoe reports on her first six months as a volunteer at the KIUMAKO Secondary School at Uuvo.



midterm seminar of the weltwärts volunteers to Sambia

From 21 to 30 January the big midterm seminar of the RAFIKI volunteers took place.
Conducted by Marcus Wack and Gilbert Towo they started in Daressalam and travelled right through Tansania and Sambia as far as Livingstone and the Victoria Falls.

Everything they've learned and experienced during their journey you can look up at their blogs.

RAFIKI e.V. on facebook

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

RAFIKI is now on facebook! You can look up news and current developements on our page.

We look forward to your like and hope for a good interaction with all interested persons!


Here you can visit our page.

"Hakuna Matata" in Tansania

Monday 10 August 2015

newspaper article from Norddeutsche Rundschau

Störstadt behält Gütesiegel

Friday 24 July 2015

newspaper article from Norddeutsche Rundschau

Die Störstadt darf sich weiterhin Fairtrade Town (FTT) nennen. Anlass zu doppelter Freude hatte Reinhard Rübner (SPD) im Bürgerhaus. Der stellvertretende Bürgermeister eröffnete dort nicht nur die Schau „Süß & Bitter“ der Kampagne „Make Chocolate Fair“. Unter dem Beifall der Gäste teilte er außerdem mit, dass der Stadt das FTT-Siegel behält. Der 2013 zunächst für zwei Jahre vergebene Titel sei nach einer Prüfung durch Fairtrade Deutschland um vier weitere Jahre verlängert worden.

Zum Ausstellungsstart begrüßte Rübner neben den Mitgliedern der lokalen FTT-Steuerungsgruppe auch Pracseda Towo aus der tansanischen Rafiki-Partnergemeinde Mrimbo sowie den Markus Schwarz vom Bündnis Eine Welt Schleswig-Holstein (BEI). Fair gehandelte Produkte habe er bei einem Rundgang in allen großen Geschäften gefunden, so Rübner. „Zucker, Reis, Tee, Kaffee und Bananen mit Siegel haben alle Anbieter im Regal stehen.“ Dies zeige, das der Handel sich des Thema annehme. Auch fair gehandelte Schokolade, deren „süßer Genuss und bittere Wahrheit“ zentrales Thema der Schau ist, sei in vielen Variationen dabei gewesen. Der kleine Ausstellung zeigt unter anderem an fünf Entdeckerstationen den Weg der Kakaobohne zur Schokolade auf. Fairer Handel bedeute vor allem, das die Produzenten einen angemessenen Lohn für ihre Arbeit bekämen, stellte er heraus.

In die Störstadt gekommen sei die vom Netzwerk Inkota organisierte Ausstellung auf Anregung von Markus Schwarz, „der uns regelmäßig mit Informationen versorgt“, unterstrich Oliver Zantow, Mitglied der Fairtrade-Steuerungsgruppe. Aufgebaut wurde die Schau mit Video- und Hörstation sowie Anschauungs- und Informationsmaterial mit Hilfe weiterer Mitglieder sowie der BiBeKu und des Stadtmarketings, dankte Zantow allen beteiligen Helfern.

Zum FTT-Status erklärte er: Mit ruhiger aber kontinuierlicher Kraft habe Kellinghusen es als eine der ersten Städte im Land geschafft Fairtrade Town zu werden. Auch vor Ort sei festzustellen: „Fairer Handel ist auf dem Weg aus der exotischen Nische zum Mainstream.“ Es gehe aber nicht nur um die Endverbraucher, die sich mit ihren Einkaufsverhalten für faire Löhne entscheiden, ergänzte Schwarz. Vor allen Dingen die Hersteller müssten ihre Versprechen über fairen Bedingungen für die Produzenten auch einzulösen.