About RAFFA

Baroness Howells

RAFFA International Development Agency, is an independent charity, which was launched by the Church of God of Prophecy at the House of Lords on Thursday 26th November 2006. This was hosted by Baroness Howells of St David and the keynote address was given by Bishop Adrian Varlack, Sr.

RAFFA benefits from the experience of Trustees who have a proven track record of achievement over the last 40 years throughout the continent of Africa and the Caribbean. The RAFFA system is a Diaspora-led model (aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals), which brings together local, regional and national stakeholders to embrace the challenges and opportunities associated with the integration of local and International Development Co-operation.

RAFFA provides practical action in the service of others through early stage support, and local communities to build capacity and tackle the issues that are important in their communities; this includes inequality, educational attainment, health and social care services, enterprise support and capital projects that enhance community assets.

Adrian Varlack

At RAFFA our vision for 2020-2025 is to continue to serve communities in the UK and abroad and where people involved in social action are encouraged, recognised and valued for their contribution to society. Social action is defined as practical action in the service of others.

RAFFA continues to support the improvement of people’s health and wellbeing by raising awareness about the importance of issues that affect people whilst assisting them to develop essential life skills. To do this we work with the NHS, Private and third sector organisations supporting the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups in the community.  Through symposiums, community days, support for churches and responding to disasters we are fulfilling a need in the community and beyond.

Our ethos is firmly entrenched in responding appropriately to need rather than being prescriptive. However, to secure the future of the charity we need to focus our efforts on priorities that are achievable, measurable and sustainable. The recommended areas are: Health and Wellbeing (Incorporating the elderly and most vulnerable), Youth Development and Support (National and International) and Income generation.

Board of Trustees

Chairman
Wilton R Powell OBE
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CEO
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  • Maxine Douglas
  • Faith Ellis
  • Susan Graham
  • Tedroy Powell
  • Bill Richards
  • Michael Wilson

RENEWAL

RAFFA supports the improvement of people’s health and wellbeing by raising awareness about the importance of health issues whilst supporting the most vulnerable and elderly.

ADVANCEMENT

RAFFA acts as a Catalyst for community empowerment; reducing inequalities by encouraging enterprise skills and increased productivity amongst communities.

FINANCIAL FREEDOM

RAFFA empowers national and international communities seeking to address economic wellbeing and financial empowerment to improve lives.

AUTONOMY

RAFFA has identified very clear positive outcomes of working with young people, to better engage and encourage collaboration in Social Action events which build sustainability.