Rafiki Run

October 6th, 2018

Collectively, small gestures create a big impact.

The Rafiki Run is a global event that raises awareness and funds for street children in Rwanda. On November 18th,  people around the world will run in solidarity with the boys of Ubaka U Rwanda’s Street Youth Center in Kigali. In Swahili, "Rafiki" means "friend." We would like to encourage all friends and supporters of Ubaka and the boys to join us on October 6th, 2018 in our fourth annual Rafiki Run.

Where do the runs take place?

This is a global event. While flagship Rafiki Runs are being organized in London, California, New Hampshire, and in Kigali, they can also happen anywhere else. Wherever you are, you can be a part of this event by walking or running on October 6th. You can run with as many people as you like, or simply by yourself. However, even if you are running solo, know that there are people all over the world running with you on this special day.

Flagship Rafiki Runs:

  • Kigali, Rwanda
  • London, UK
  • San Diego, CA
  • Merrimack, NH

How can I get involved?

To participate in the Rafiki Run, simply walk/run/jog any distance you feel comfortable with, whether it be 1 mile or 10 miles, and post a picture or video of yourself on social media with the hashtag: #RafikiRun. If you search that tag on Facebook or Instagram, you’ll see the many others that joined you. If you happen to be in or near one of our flagship locations, please join us! More information on those runs coming soon.

Organizing Your Own Rafiki Run

If you’d like to organize your own Rafiki Run event and have your friends and family join you, reach out to info@ubakaurwanda.org. Again, you don’t need to organize an event to participate, all you need to do is run. But if you’d like to make it something bigger in your hometown, let us know, we’d love to help.


Is there a minimum distance I have to run to be a part of the event?

No distance requirements, part of what is unique about our fundraiser is it's all about a personal pledge and pushing your own body to it's limit.

What’s the history of the Rafiki Run?

The Rafiki Run originally began when friends and family wanted to support Run the 1, but weren't able to join us in Big Sur. Many friends started meeting us anywhere from 5-13 miles out from our finish line, to join in on the last leg.  It was a way for people to contribute, and run, and most importantly to give the other runners on their last stretch some much needed support.  As more and more people wanted to get involved, especially outside of California, we decided an annual Rafiki Run would be a great way to embody the energy from Run the 1 and spread it our supporters all over the world.

What’s the hashtag I should use when posting about the Rafiki Run?