Rafiki AIDS Orphanage

The Rafiki orphanage, located just outside of Nairobi, Kenya, provides food, shelter, medical care, education, a safe living environment and loving support to children who have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS.

Rafiki began in Central Ohio in 1995. Several Rotary clubs in the area have been involved in its development, beginning with the drilling of the water well that made possible the construction of school buildings and dormitories, as well as farming.

Capitol Square Rotary has led two trips to Rafiki. The more recent visit marked the founding and groundbreaking of the music school. Rafiki intends to use funds raised at Music in the Round for teachers’ salaries while the music school works to develop into fully self-sustaining program.


The Kirk Horn Fund for Music
at The Columbus Foundation

Kirk put an enormous amount of heart into Music in the Round, serving on the planning committee and acting as emcee for many years. He was a visionary member of Short North Rotary, responsible for many of the club’s shenanigans—including a concert in Africa benefiting the Rafiki kids. His vision was to take music to kids at home and abroad—it’s only right that we help carry on the vision he established through Music in the Round!


Cap Square Rotary Foundation

The Columbus Capital Square Rotary Foundation (CSRF) is a501(c)(3) and was organized to support other 501(c)(3) organizations including, but not limited to, educational organizations, religious organizations, environmental preservation organizations.

CSRF has supported projects around the world in countries such as Honduras, Kenya, The Philippines, Egypt, and Tanzania. These projects have improved the lives of people by providing, clean water, computers, books, and shelter to those in need.

Previous CSRF beneficiaries:

  • The Rotary Foundation
  • Marafiki Global Aids Ministry
  • Thirst Relief
  • Shelter Box
  • Hands Along the Nile
  • Tanzania Book Project