It was such an honour for me to visit Rafi’s former school and meet his old classmates at Santi Rama Cipete School for the Deaf last month, along with Rafi’s mother Shinta and his younger sister and brother, Rafa and Rafif.
Rafi is currently working on a new project and wants to involve some of his friends so we went along for a quick visit to the school which was a truly special experience. Apart from the fact that I cannot communicate with sign language or Bahasa Indonesia, the children were so welcoming and curious about the ‘bule’ visiting their school and it was lovely to meet them all. Rafi had a chance to show some of his current drawings and it’s wonderful that he can be such a huge inspiration to kids his own age.
As Indonesia’s youngest fashion designer, he has shown me that anything is possible if you truly follow your passion and work hard at what you love doing.