Rafiki Sale To Benefit African Widows

The annual Rafiki sale will be Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Grace Presbyterian Church, located at 40 Village Way, Lexington.

New products being offered this year are coffee, woven placemats, pillow covers and table runners, as well as jewelry, crafts and bags. All items are made by African widows and all proceeds from the Rafiki sale will go to support the Rafiki Widows Program.

Rafiki has villages in 10 African countries that house, care for and educate children orphaned by AIDS or other crises. In addition to its work with orphans, Rafiki has a program for widows. In Africa, when a husband dies, the widow can lose everything: her possessions, her house and even her children. There are possibly more widows in Africa than orphans.

In the Rafiki program, widows are given a space in which to work, guidance in improving their skills, a time of fellowship, and daily Bible study. Rafiki purchases their products at a fair price and brings them to the United States to market them.

These are the products that will be on sale at Grace Presbyterian Church. They may also be purchased through the Rafiki website, rafikifoundation.org.

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