Campaign for Queen’s Castle safe house hits $200k mark
A LENNOX Head mum's campaign to raise money for a safe house for sexually abused girls in Kenya has now hit the $200,000 mark.
The Rafiki Mwema charity was set up by Sarah Rosborg two years ago, but she said a "tidal wave of love, kindness and hope" from popular blogger Constance Hall and her Facebook community of "queens" helped push the project forward in ways she could never have imagined.
On March 22 Ms Hall shared the campaign with her 585,000 Facebook followers and what happened next was a dream come true for Ms Rosborg.
"The house, which would be called the Queen's Castle, was much needed so Constance pledged to help raise awareness, and boy, did she ever," she said.
"By 10am the following morning the campaign had raised $150,000 - double the original target of $75,000, and thanks to exposure from the media, those numbers are still rising today.
"As of this morning $200,000 has now been raised in less than one month."
This means that not only will the Queen's Castle go ahead, but more life-changing plans can now get fast-tracked.
Ms Rosborg was able to share the news with the girls on a recent trip to Kenya, where she visited the existing safe house.
"We made an announcement, while they were all together we told them what had happened, explaining that they would be safe now," she said.
"They would be able to live on the same property in their forever home.
"The girls screamed and cheered.
"This is life changing like you could not believe."
So how exactly will the funds be used?
Rather than the small house that was originally planned, a four bedroom, two bathroom house will now be built to accommodate the big Queens of Rafiki.
These girls are currently living in a rental house off the premises, and are looking forward to being back on the farm.
Attached to this house will be another two bedroom, one bathroom house for the girls from boarding school.
A home can also be built for the most vulnerable girls that Rafiki Mwema supports - very, very young girls.
In the future, plans for a home to accommodate the boys of Rafiki Familia is in the pipeline, as is the goal to have Doyle Farm protected by an electric fence.