Representing Swahili Speakers Across Lexington, KY
The mission of Marafiki Center is to create opportunities for cross-cultural connection. We build a bridge of mutual understanding through education, events, and advocating for improved representation of the Swahili-speaking community.
Cultural Exchange Education
A one-day street festival-style celebration showcasing the rich heritage and culture of Lexington’s African and Swahili-speaking community.
Helps young adults realize the importance of bridging cultural differences through a variety of workshops, breakout sessions and a keynote speaker.
Encourage African kids to remember their home language. Swahili language classes are available for adult learners too.
Shule means school in Swahili. Captures the excitement of a new school year. We distribute free supply-filled backpacks, food, treats, games, and haircuts.
Strives to foster personal growth for African immigrant children by providing them fun, safe educational/recreational programs, outdoor experiences and group activities.
Civic Engagement Inclusion
We realize the role of race, power and injustice. We represent the Swahili-speaking community among the broader Lexington and offer transportation, information and resources to our community.