Meet Rafiki Lion! The lion who will fund a school!
This is a special project that is dear to OB Designs hearts; assisting the rehabilitation of children in Kenya.
OB Designs has a special friend Sarah Rosborg (Artist) who has self started Kenyan charity Rafiki Mwema with Ann-Marie Tipper (Child Psychologist).
For years, they have tirelessly campaigned and fundraised for the children and even rescued them on the ground in Kenya!
They are inspirational people and O.B. Designs wanted to do something meaningful to help that wasn't just sending a cheque every month (we've been sponsors for years) so we got together and custom designed a Toy Lion named Rafiki.
The idea was that Rafiki Wmema (Swahili for "Loyal Friend") needed a Mascot and a Lion soft toy perfect!
In Kenya, a Lion is a symbol of Power and Pride and is on their coat of arms. When the kids come to Rafiki the are broken and it is Sarah and Anne-Marie's mission to be a Loyal Friend and give them their power and pride back through love and education.
The attached image is one of the kids at "Kings and Queens Castle" with Rafiki (meaning Friend in Swahili) . They were VERY excited to see a toy created just for them and its a LION! We hope this is going to give them the strength they need and they can feel the love in the softness of this beautiful lion made just for them!
OB Designs aim with this special project is to fund the building of the new school on their farm in Kenya. We want to try and keep them as safe a possible and this school very important to their welfare.
For the purchase of each toy, OB Designs donate money directly to Rafiki Mwema.
Some of the ambassadors of this wonderful charity are Constance Hall and Celeste Barber.
SAFETY & CARE
- OB Designs Australian Plush Toys are tested to and pass the European Safety Standard for toys: EN71 parts 1, 2 & 3 for all ages.
- Safety Tested for children 3+ years
- Machine Wash