Building Community for Refugee Girls
Problem Statement: More than 80,000 asylum seekers and refugees live in Nairobi, Kenya, mainly from Somalia, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Ethiopia. Among the most vulnerable of Nairobi’s refugee population are unaccompanied refugee girls and young women. Many fall victim to gender-based violence and early marriage. With little to no schooling, limited understanding of English or Swahili, and very limited access to shelter, education, and medical care, girls often suffer extreme poverty and exploitation in Nairobi while also carrying the physical and emotional scars from the war, the loss of their families, and previous abuse.
RefuSHE Solution: RefuSHE’s model provides protection, education, and livelihood development to refugee girls and young women whose needs often are not met by traditional aid agencies due to their unique vulnerability. RefuSHE invests in building young refugee women’s capacity for self-reliance through the Girls Empowerment Program, which is an accelerated primary education program including math and literacy training that follows the Kenyan curriculum and allows girls to obtain their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE). RefuSHE also offers vocational training in tailoring, IT and digital skills, and construction and robust life-skills training which focuses on individual, social, and decision-making skills
RefuSHE & Team4Tech Partnership Goals: RefuSHE partnered with Team4Tech to integrate technology into its programming to deepen impact and serve more refugee girls and women. RefuSHE would like to strengthen their programs’ impact on refugee young women’s livelihoods in Nairobi by identifying technology and methodologies that can impact on adult learners and their needs (vocational training courses, literacy and numeracy, etc.) in order to prepare them for a better livelihood. To reach more beneficiaries beyond the brick-and-mortar limitations of the campus, RefuSHE has embarked on developing an e-learning and wellness platform with content tailored to meet the unique needs of urban refugee women. With Team4Tech’s support on the platform, it will position RefuSHE to expand its reach to other refugee communities in urban areas.