Duke and Duchess of Sussex ‘adopt’ charity supporting Kenyan children

Rafiki Mwema on the BBC
Anne Marie and Peter Njuguna being interviewed by the BBC. Photo: Instagram/rafikicastle

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have selected a charity co-founded by a British therapist which has been supporting abused children in Africa for more than fifteen years as one of just 15 chosen to highlight during the month of August.

Anne-Marie Tipper, from Cowthorne in Berkshire, co-founded Rafiki Mwema after a trip to an orphanage in Kenya to help children who have suffered horrific abuse, often at the hands of those they trust most.

Starting with a therapeutic safe house built in Kenya, Anne-Marie and Australian co-founder Sarah Rosborg have worked tirelessly to ensure that the children staying at the property, which has grown to include several houses and has now been named Doyle Farm, be given all the protection and support possible.

Currently, the charity is housing 70 children, some as young as 18 months old.

In addition, they have also helped to re-establish a further 150 children back into their home community through the Rafiki Mwema Outreach Programme.

Among the youngsters she has helped is Peter Njuguna, who has recently been employed as a chef at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst.

Anne-Marie first met Peter in Kenya 12 years ago when he was living on the streets at age seven.At the time, she said Peter was angry and violent after being “beaten, burnt and badly abused” and thrown out of his home.

“When he came to Rafiki Mwema he wanted to be away from everyone, so he spent a lot of time in the kitchen, which is where he fell in love with cooking – it was all he would talk about and to be a chef became his obsession,” Anne-Marie explained.

Anne-Marie’s support for Peter helped him to get a college placement in Kenya. He continued his training in London where he completed an apprenticeship in a kitchen which led to him being offered the Sandhurst role.

The charity hope their increased profile from the support of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will help them protect even more children in the country.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have made a point to only follow limited and specific charities (which change each month) in order to shine a light on their work and bring them exposure to their following of more than nine million people.

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