The Raphaelyn Foundation Inc is located in Paynesville City in Liberia (West Africa) and is the primary charity that we support. Please see their 2020 plans in the section below.
Although the volunteers of the Foundation have been working for many years to assist their local communities, their organisation was informal and lacked an international reach in terms of fund-raising.
In 2019, we got this Not-For-Profit Charity registered in Liberia to help improve its reach in terms of fund-raising opportunities. We still have a long way to travel to achieve the 10-year objectives of this charity.
Please learn more about the work of this Foundation and if possible assist it by visiting its website at https://trf-inc.org and donating. Alternatively you can donate through GoFundMe via http://bit.ly/39ftPVa
Your personal leadership in helping this fabulous group of young people will made a huge difference to them and to the people in their communities that they assist.
Raphaelyn's outline of plans for 2020 (and beyond) is contained in the section below. Having been privileged to be invited to be the Chair of the Foundation, I'd urge you to do whatever you possibly can do to assist the work of these wonderful people working their hardest in Liberia and showing great leadership.
Every assistance, whether large or small is gratefully received by the Foundation. If circumstance do not permit you to donate, we understand but would be most grateful if you'd alert other people, through your personal leadership, to the work of the Foundation which is expected to expand over the coming years and decades. Your assistance is deeply felt with much gratitude by the members of the Foundation.
Each of us has limited resources, so as much as we'd wish otherwise, the personal leadership of each of our members requires us to contain our giving to a limited number of organisations.
Other charities to which we direct funds in Australia inlcude -
+ The Salvation Army - https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/donate/make-a-donation/donate-online/
+ The Smith Family - https://www.thesmithfamily.com.au/donate
+ The Returned Services League - http://rslnational.org/support/donate/
+ The Starlight Foundation - https://starlight.org.au/donate/
+ The Police Citizens Youth Clubs - https://www.pcycnsw.org.au/donations/
There are others who receive periodic donations from us also. If you are not living in Australia, then we'd urge you to find similar or another charity in your country and help them to help others. You might be able also to volunteer some of your time to assist their work. How are your personal leadership qualities expressed?
We are all more dependent on each other than many people realise. As you grow in helping other people you'll learn just how interdependent we are on this Third Rock from the Sun and its peoples. Let the bright light of your personal leadership shine forth in what you do, without acting for the glory of it all only.
A year to remember. A year to forget.
Certainly, a year that has been vastly different than others in recent memory for lots of people and communities in Liberia and around the world.
Our hearts go out to the many families around the world that have lost loved family members or friends due to COVID-19. It has been a very tough year and the pandemic is not over yet. We are privileged to still be alive. Let's work to help each other.
I am really thrilled however with the magnificent efforts of the volunteers on which The Raphaelyn Foundation Inc depends.
We helped as best we could when the orphanage burned in January. We helped distribute masks and safety advice, as well as, raise awareness about COVID-19 in May this past year. We helped people effected by flooding that occurred in June.
Also, in June we lodged our formal application to the Ministry of Agriculture seeking support for our plans to develop self-sufficient farming communities. Assessment of that application commenced in late November and continues in 2021.
All the while we have managed to keep up our monthly food distribution through local communities to people who are extremely hard pressed to get sufficient nourishment for their children and themselves. It has not been an easy year to keep going for anyone. We are grateful for the support that we have received.
The 2020 Christmas was hugely different to the 2019 Christmas celebrations.
In 2019 and previous years, we were able to have hundreds of children gathering to tell the Nativity story and to visit with Santa Claus. This year, such gatherings were impossible given pandemic restrictions that are in place to look after ourselves and other people within our communities. These restriction sit well however within the African psyche of looking after one another.
It meant simply that The Raphaelyn Foundation Inc volunteers needed to go out to communities rather than bringing the children into one central location. No Nativity play this year and no Santa in one place only. But many of the children told us it was the best Christmas they had ever experienced.
Our volunteers visited communities at Sand Beach-Duazon, Lower Margibi County, Duazon community-lower Margibi county, Shara-Duport Paynesville, Duport Road Paynesville. We climaxed the home delivery celebrations in the SKD Sports Complex Community (this community has five sections with over 100 houses in each section).
Kids were amazing throughout the distribution. At a certain point we became embarrassed because we took 200 gifts and food items for distribution. The kids heard the news, they ran behind us. A mother from the Duazon community told us thank you that it was the very first time for such an event to happen in their community. Seeing people distributing gifts and food for the kids, we received blessings also.
In Duport, when we were almost finished, I presented the gift to another little girl. She shouted saying "Thank you! My Christmas is here!" Other kids smiling and offering gratitude gave us the strength to walk throughout the day. It was a long day and quite exhausting for all of us. We were glad to sleep that night!
Our efforts at The Raphaelyn Foundation Inc must have been noticed somehow. A story appeared in the local newspaper after Christmas. We are most grateful for that publication of our journey so far.
Please feel free to read the original news article below and support this newspaper.
Daily OBSERVER: Fètes 600 Kids with ‘My First Santa’ Initiative
It is our hope that this article and others will help our fund-raising efforts in 2021 ... that we will get to raise sufficient capital funds to start our self-sufficient farm communities!
2021 … here we come! Happy New Year to everyone! Please visit ... https://trf-inc.org ... to donate?
Raphaelyn C N Bomosy
I may look relaxed, but our 10-year plan starts this year – it starts NOW! In fact, it has started already late last year in our enquiries and planning!
It’s a bit scary in its size for all of us. So, we need to break it into bite-sized pieces and chew away at it until its digested and accomplished. It will require intense personal leadership from everyone in the Foundation.
For some years team members, now formally members of The Raphaelyn Foundation Inc, have sought food donations and/or money (to buy food) for disadvantaged people in our communities – whether young struggling mothers, elderly people or others suffering in some way that makes life very tough for them.
I’m so proud of my team of wonderful people who have helped so many. And I’m privileged to be a member of the team with them - equals sharing the work among us.
This year we begin our journey into food production to be able to help the people we are already helping and to help many more. Our aim is to be able to give out US$2.5 million worth of food annually to those in need by 2030. Included in that expanded group will be the Love A Child Orphanage, so disastrously affected by fire burning its dormitories in January 2020. Please continue to help our efforts to help them.
For some weeks now we’ve been searching for suitable arable land to begin a farm for food production. We’ve driven, ridden and walked great distances in our search – included below are some pictures from our searching earlier this month. While we still have several options to explore, we need your help to buy the land and the means (in farming equipment and ancillary items) to buy, plant and cultivate seeds and plants that will bring us to plentiful annual harvests.
This year also, at the very least, we want to double the number of students we sponsor into education. Last year we started with five (5) students. This year at least ten (10) more students hopefully will be able to join in the school program. Education helps break the poverty cycle and the degradation of our communities that poverty often brings.
Our plans for self-sustainable communities in Liberia over the next ten years are huge and in some ways frightening. But we believe we are better off aiming big and falling (slightly) short than simply achieving smaller goals when we could do better. Please see our 10-year Charter (separate page on this website) that’s included into our registered charity organization.
Will you help us, please? We’d love for you to come with us on this journey … this new mighty adventure … for The Raphaelyn Foundation Inc and help us to be the very best we can be as an NGO Charity in Liberia.
You can help us in many ways, such as –
· Raising awareness about us on social media or via GoFundMe sharing at http://bit.ly/39ftPVa
· Promoting us to your fans, family, friends and followers via GoFundMe http://bit.ly/39ftPVa
· Keeping us in your prayers and thoughts as you talk to other people.
PLEASE take ACTION today to help us help others.
Thank you for taking ACTION … and, may your life be blessed with hope and fulfilment.
Raphaelyn C N Bomosy