Rafe Bullick Foundation
The Rafe Bullick Memorial Foundation has been instituted in memory of Rafe Bullick who was killed in an anti-tank mine explosion on 10th October 2004 along with his colleague Nourredine el Tayeb in the Umbarro region of North Darfur. Both were on their way to help more than 45,000 people who had been displaced by the fighting in Darfur.
Rafe Bullick first came to Seva Mandir in 1997 and continued to return nearly every year after, becoming inseparably and closely involved with the life and routine of Seva Mandir. The bullick family has provided Seva Mandir with the great privilege of managing the efforts of the memorial foundation. Through this Foundation, the Bullick family wishes to continue the work and ideals which Rafe held dear and worked for all through his life. Although fate took young Rafe away from this world in a cruel manner, the Bullick family hopes that by continuing the work Rafe started among the needy and the disadvantaged, peace and justice may be ensured in the lives of at least some people in some parts of the world. Rafe was truly a global citizen. He consciously chose not to go in for an academic career and opted to travel widely and work for social development in the UK, Africa and India even from an early age.
A firm believer in the idea that life was an opportunity not to be missed, Rafe stands even taller in death. People that knew or came into contact with Rafe, could not help but be energized by the enthusiasm and strength that he so commonly passed on to other people. The associations that Rafe developed have now become powerful memories in their minds that continue to bring people together so that they can work together for a shared future. The Rafe Memorial Foundation is an effort to keep this memory alive so that Rafe may continue to live among the people whom he loved and served with unfailing passion.