The Rafiki Youth Project was set up in 2001 by Wigan MBC Youth Service to provide a safe, alternative space for Black & minority ethnic young people, including those from refugee backgrounds. Led by youth worker Mehmood Ahmed, it exists in a borough with relatively less experience of culturally diverse residents in comparison to other Greater Manchester boroughs. The countries of origin of project members cover a wide range including Nigeria, Congo, Pakistan, Iraq, Zimbabwe, Ghana, St Lucia and Cyprus.
CAN has been working with Rafiki in various ways since 2003 and work with this group has been among our priorities throughout the Exodus Programme. During the past 2 years, CAN has run a film, digital media & drama project led by artist Kooj Chuhan. This has resulted in the production of two, well-received films, the tense drama, “Classifique FM” (2010) and the crazy comedy, “Dress Your Heart Out” (2011).