Rafiki means friend in Swahili and other languages. This phrase emphasizes the approach we take to helping our fellow community members. Our focus is on supporting members of the Congolese community in Hamilton and other Francophone Africans in Canada with their personal and professional development and integration into Canadian society. Uniquely, we assist Congolese who do not speak any of Canada's official languages and who are allophones. We serve them in their native languages.
We are committed to creating a welcoming environment to build relationships, learn, and grow. Our participants and supporters come from many different backgrounds. We value diversity and deliver culturally contextual programming, including service delivery in different languages.
Rafiki is proudly funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Youth Opportunities Fund and is appreciative of the organizational mentorship and support provided by the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion.
BECOME A MEMBER
To become a member, you must complete the membership form below. Membership in Rafiki is free. You will be given a membership number as well as a membership card. As a member, you have priority on food aid and you will receive Rafiki news by email or phone with information about our programs, events, celebrations and news.