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Rafi's new Friends !

date » 26-11-2018 16:49

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We are delighted to welcome Fanta & Sim to our team at rafi+friends.

As our Social Media Assistant, Fanta will be helping to enhance our online profile so we can share our story and projects with more people around the world.

Meanwhile, as a volunteer, Sim will be helping with a range of workshops and events we have planned for 2019.

You can read a bit more about both below.

Fanta Pompilus
Fanta is a postgraduate student from Goldsmiths, University of London who has lived in 3 continents and seven countries, so her understanding of “home” is multidimensional. In 2017, Fanta decided to move to London to pursue a master program in Race, Media and Social Justice in order to fulfil her desire to learn and understand how to create more inclusive spaces.

During her time at Goldsmiths, Fanta became involved in a lot of workshops relating to cultural diversity and decided to write her dissertation on the intersection of race and gender within transcultural lives. She strongly believes that education is the most impactful way to teach tolerance, kindness and difference. She recently joined rafi+friends as the social media development assistant and is dedicated to rafi+friends’ vision.

Simran Nanuwa
Sim is a recent Psychology & Counseling graduate, however she has always been a passionate creative. From teaching silkscreen printing to children in the USA, to creating her own small printing business and recently starting the ‘please’ campaign to raise awareness for climate change, Sim’s passion and heart lays in the creative sector.

Sim wants to use her voice to educate others, and hopefully influence others to do the same, and one day change the world for the better.

Sim adores meeting new people, seeing new places and enjoys the beauty in life.


Rafi le petit lapin réfugié !

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We are delighted to announce that Rafi the Refugee Rabbit has been translated into French by our good friends in Canada. The venture came about through serendipitous connections with like-minded people, and like so much of this project, it couldn't have happened without the generosity and volunteered time of people who care about sharing this universal story of kindness & tolerance.


date » 18-01-2018 17:39

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rafi+friends are hosting an inspiring and interactive evening of photography, film, music, poetry, storytelling & refreshments at The Curtain Hotel, Shoreditch to raise awareness about our activities.

The event will take place on Thursday 22 March, 6 - 9 pm at The Curtain Hotel, Shoreditch:

45 Curtain Road
London EC2A 3PT

To find out more about the event and related programme, please email: hello@rafiandfriends.com

Rafi + Friends Hopes & Dreams Workshop in London

date » 17-11-2017 14:15

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Rafi + Friends have been busy in London, working with the fabulous pupils and teachers at St Thomas's C.E. Primary School in Notting Hill to deliver a Hopes & Dreams workshop in celebration of World Kindness Day (Monday 30th November, 2017). We met an inspiring and creative group of young people with brilliant dreams for their future and a sensitivity towards those who are searching for a better life.

A big thank you to our volunteers The Carrot's and Sam for coming and helping out.

If you're a teacher and you want to find out more about our workshops - get in touch: hello@rafiandfriends.com

Rafi in Canada : Early Years Education

date » 13-09-2018 15:46

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Rafi+Friends in Canada: our friend Louise has been working with students in early years education and teaching them about our simple message of kindness, tolerance and understanding, and how best to convey this to children in the classroom.

These amazing people will be educating the next generation of young Canadians and we are so proud that they will be taking Rafi with them! #rafiandfriends #goodluck #newgraduates


Rafi's Friends in Canada

date » 02-11-2017 11:48

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Hello from Louise Duguay, Marie-Anne Beaudette and Sue Stewart. Louise is a writer, Marie-Anne is a performer and puppeteer and Sue is a translator. Together we have produced a French-language version of Rafi’s story, Rafi le petit lapin réfugié. We live in the geographical centre of North America -- Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, one of the country’s major bilingual centres. The city has long given shelter to many New Canadians and, more recently, to many refugees. In fact, Marie-Anne’s son and Louise’s grandchildren attend a Francophone school that welcomes refugees into an environment made up of more than 30 different cultures. Rafi not only has something to say to refugee children, but gives Canadian children an emotional tie to their newly-arrived friends. We are happy to be Rafi’s special friends, and especially happy to carry his message to a new language group.


Introducing The Carrots!

date » 18-10-2017 15:33

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The Carrots are a group of 6 students from all different countries (Austria, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, China, Lebanon, France, Russia) who met whilst studying and share a common interest in humanitarian projects and the work of charities.

We put our heads together, shared ideas and asked some questions:

- Who would donate funds to a simple association?
- No one !

Then we thought:

- What about giving our time and knowledge to those who need it the most ?

And that’s when it became obvious for us, that the one we wanted to help was Rafi & Friends.
We would be Rafi’s carrots and help Rafi expand his story and raise awareness in the UK and all around the world...

We are so excited to welcome The Carrots as part of the team, and we look forward to updating you on news of events coming up!


British Red Cross Awareness Weekend

date » 11-08-2017 08:50

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'A truly wonderful weekend'

Rafi and Pauline were invited to the beautiful Island of Tresco as guests of Lucy and Robert Dorrien-Smith as part of the Red Cross Awareness Weekend.

Rafi and Pauline visited the children of the Tresco and Bryher School to host a Hopes & Dreams workshop, conducted by the Head Teacher Ms Gates and teacher Mr Wilson, with the help of Pauline Spearpoint and Lucy Dorrien-Smith.

rafi+friends gave each child their own Rafi Rabbit nightlight and story book to take home to share with their friends and family.

The warm and welcoming people of Tresco made this an especially memorable trip. We can't wait to return to Tresco!

Photographs of the children from Tresco Bryher School with their brilliant drawings from the Hopes & Dreams Workshop and the Hopes & Dreams Tree, made for us by Abbey Garden Curator Mike Nelhams - what an honour!

A host of events took place at the beautiful Abbey Garden over the weekend. Have a look at our facebook page to see more of the action @rafiandfriends


New Exhibition: The Children of Aleppo by Elena Givone

date » 03-03-2017 15:13

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If you are in Milan over the next couple of weeks you are invited to visit this exhibition of new photographs by Elena Givone, taken whilst visiting Ritsona Refugee Camp, Greece in June 2016 with rafi+friends.

This is part of an on-going project by Elena and rafi+friends to document the hopes & dreams of young people around the world, focusing here on the Children of Aleppo.

This selection of images has been curated by Gigliola Foschi.

You are invited to the opening reception:

Wednesday 15 March 2017, 6.15pm
Galleria San Fedele
via Hoepli 3/A 20121 Milano

t: 02 86352233
e: sanfedelearte@sanfedele.net

For more information see Facebook: San Fedele Arte


Plans for 2017

date » 03-03-2017 12:59

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rafi+friends will visit a refugee camp in Italy to distribute books and deliver a creative workshop for young people. We are considering several camps which are predominately helping refugees from Africa.
rafi+friends will publish a second book - Rafi Goes to School which tells a simple story about making new friends; featuring a giraffe called Gemma from Africa.
rafi+friends has been invited to deliver workshops in more primary schools in the UK, including: London, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and international trips to Austria, Switzerland and Italy.
rafi+friends will host a special event and exhibition in London to raise awareness for our project and showcase a collection of photographs taken by Elena Givone, along with film, poetry, storytelling, music and delicious Syrian food. More information coming soon...

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