PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Our current programs and services include computer skills training, workshops for the Canadian citizenship test, and G1 License test preparation. We also host information sessions on topics including mental health, the Canadian school systems, and life in Canada.

For more information or to register for programs, please email rafikihamilton@outlook.com

KUSOMA LITERACY AND MATH PROGRAM

Kusoma is a literacy and math program for children from grades 1 to 6 in Hamilton. This program was designed by a licensed Ontario teacher in line with the Ontario math and French and French immersion curriculum. The resources we use are approved in French-language schools and French immersion schools in Ontario. We help young people who need reading, writing and math support. This program is delivered in both small groups or individually. We deliver this program online or at the library. Currently, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, sessions are only available online. Your child will receive 1 hour of tutoring once a week with a qualified tutor.

AFROLITERACY

Afroliteracy is a program designed for Black youth aged 8 to 12 attending French schools and English schools in Hamilton. Through this program, we encourage young Black children to understand and accept their history and identity through African literature. The books are classified into several categories such as History of Africa in the Age of Kingdoms, Black Identity, Black Personalities, African Tales, etc. Children choose books from each category and have a deadline to read those books. Our program manager follows up with children weekly to encourage them to read. At the end of the project, the children will make a representation of their choice on what they have learned about their identity or Black history (a drawing, a poem, a work of art, a portfolio etc.). This program begins in February 2021 and will end in June 2021 with a celebration with an African author or artist. As a reward for participating in the program, each child will receive a $25 voucher and a Rafiki sweater.

MEN'S FELLOWSHIP GROUP

Our Men’s Fellowship Group is a constructive space for sharing and connecting around activities organized by theme. This program brings together both immigrant men of diverse origins and Canadian born men. Rafiki runs this program to help familiarize immigrant men with Canadian culture and to develop relationships. This program takes place once a month.

WOMEN'S FELLOWSHIP GROUP

Our Women’s Fellowship Group is a constructive space for sharing and connecting around activities organized by theme. This program brings together both immigrant men of diverse origins and Canadian born men. Rafiki runs this program to help familiarize immigrant women with Canadian culture and to develop relationships. This program takes place once a month.

FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Rafiki is helping families with a $50 food voucher to meet urgent needs. The program takes place every Saturday from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm. To benefit from the program, you must register as a Rafiki member and present your membership card. Membership is free. Complete the membership form on our website and we will contact you to invite you to receive your voucher. This program is intended for residents who identify as Black and are parents or adults (18 and over) in need.

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COMPUTER CLASSES

Our computer classes introduce students to computers, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), internet, keyboarding and social media. These courses prepare students to create documents, presentations and spreadsheets.

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WORKSHOPS

Rafiki's Information sessions are designed to help families and young people to become familiar with  different themes and services related to integration in order to empower them to face the challenges ahead.

G1 LESSONS

An Ontario G1 Licence is the first stage in Ontario’s graduated licensing program (followed by the G2 licence, and finally the full G licence). To acquire a G1 licence you must pass a written test about the rules of the road and traffic signs. Rafiki offers G1 test preparations in French.

CHILD CARE

Rafiki offers complimentary child care services to ensure that there are no barriers to adults and families participating in our programs

INTERPRETATION SERVICES

During Rafiki classes and workshops, we do our best to offer free interpretation to those who do not speak English or French. Currently we are able to offer interpretation in Swahili. We also welcome volunteer interpreters who are able to assist us in different languages.