Urban Refugee Empowerment
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Urban Refugee Empowerment Program
Kenya is host to about 400,000 refugees. Most of the refugee population lives in two major camps. The Daadab camps in North Eastern Province of Kenya host 80% of the Somali refugee population, predominantly from Southern Somalia. Kakuma in the north western part of Kenya has over 85,000 refugees the majority being refugees from Southern Sudan. In addition to these figures, it is estimated that there are almost 100,000 refugees and asylum seekers living outside the two camps, most of them living in the capital city, Nairobi, while others are scattered in the major urban centres in Kenya.

Challenges faced by the refugee population

•More than 46,000 of the Somali refugees living in Nairobi the Capital City of Kenya are unregistered refugees. They face violations to their human rights, discrimination and there is no humanitarian authority to protect them from the Kenyan policemen harassment.
•The Human rights organisation explains that hundreds of thousands Somalis face different Kinds of abuses, insufficient health care, food and water shortages.
•They also have high illiteracy levels, poverty, gender/racial discrimination and other cultural issues such as female genital mutilation and early marriages.
•Among the refugee population women and children are the most vulnerable, they are prone to sexual harassment and malnutrition.

The Concept
•Eastleigh is one such an urban center, populated with refugee families and asylum seekers from neighboring conflict-prone countries especially Somalia. Eastleigh Community Center has taken up the iniatiative to try and assist this vulnerable group to empower and make their lives easier. •Among the strategies is a literacy project (formerly IFTIN, currently RAJO) that aims at providing daily literacy classes for women thereby opening doors to a brighter future. It was discovered that nearly 80 percent of these refugee women have never attended school. Most are unable to communicate in either Kiswahili or English, thereby isolating them from the society in which they live and increasing their vulnerability.
•The program also involves eradicating poverty through sustainable livelihoods as a critical part of women’s empowerment. The centre utilizes the self help group approach, where women come together and do some activities that will empower them economically enabling them to feed and educate their children. ECC also as an institution, advocates for basic right empowerment among the youth, children and refugee women community within the project period.

  • The Skills Training Entrepreneurship Development program targets the most vulnerable youth from the non formal settlements of Nairobi to empower them through promotion of integrated skills training. The program uses an integrated training approach which incorporates technical skills training, entrepreneurship development and life skills.

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  • Eastleigh community center is a faith based non-governmental organization. Over the years, Eastleigh Community Centre has been working towards improving living standards of the communities in non formal settlements of Nairobi through implementation of social, political and economic interventions. The centre identifies critical issues that concern target communities and translate them into short and long-term program.

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  • The Skills Training Entrepreneurship Development program targets the most vulnerable youth from the non formal settlements of Nairobi to empower them through promotion of integrated skills training. The program uses an integrated training approach which incorporates technical skills training, entrepreneurship development and life skills.

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