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Empowerment Tag

Kenya is the second highest refugee hosting country after Ethiopia. Most refugees are accommodated in the two main camps: Kakuma and Dabaab where they receive support through food rations, health services etc.

However, some refugees move to urban areas in the hope of finding a sense of community, safety and economic independence. The reality is what they often find is isolation, poverty and harassment. Many are vulnerable to exploitation, arrest or detention, and can be forced to compete with the poorest local workers for the worst jobs. Many refugees are forced to look for work in the informal or shadow economy, exposing them to unfair wages and unsafe conditions.

There are over 1 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, making up a quarter of the population and putting severe pressure on a troubled state. Amongst this number are nearly 400,000 Syrian children which has placed a large burden on Lebanese state schools. 
Only an estimated 30% of the Syrian refugee school-aged children are receiving an education. In addition to barriers to access and other challenges, a significant obstacle to integration is language: Syrian schools are taught in Arabic, while Lebanese public schools incorporate both French and English.

Therefore, it is essential to prepare Syrian children for entry into the Lebanese school system. REI funds a kindergarten for 100 students in Wadi Zayne in the south of Lebanon. This funding has provided the children with an important education while also addressing their psycho-social needs.

Over the last 20 years more than 22,000 Karenni people have been displaced from their homes in Karenni (Kayah) state in Myanmar. Many more live as internally displaced persons within Karenni state.

Karenni Social Development Centre was established in Karenni Camp 1 in 2002 to address the lack of civically oriented educational and training opportunities available to residents of the camp. Education and employment opportunities for those in the camps are limited so few Karenni know about human rights and how to protect their interests.

$20,000 of $20,000 raised

2015-02-20 ~ 2016-02-20
Agency: Caritas Nairobi
$20,000

This project focuses on urban refugees who are living in the city without the same protection as people living in a refugee camp. The project will promote education and skills training for refugees, integration through language training, legal awareness, and setting up micro-enterprises through vocational skill training. The education and skills training will focus on many different areas including planning and organization of micro projects, micro credit and financial management and gender equity. The refugees will be provided with information on their legal rights and assisted with permanent residence applications.

$25,000 of $25,000 raised

2011-07-01 ~ 2012-06-30
Agency: Mercy Corps
$25,000

This project will provide support for 56 young returnees, both male and female, to implement and manage their own micro-business in Twic County, South Sudan. The project will empower returnees to create a sustainable source of income for their families and improve the social and economic development of their local community, reaching a further 336 people indirectly.

$25,000 of $25,000 raised

2010-02-28 ~ 2011-02-20
Agency: Concern Universal
$25,000

Training in empowerment and individual rights will be provided to the displaced persons within the communities of Álamos and Dos de Juni, Colombia. These activities are designed to make them aware of their fundamental rights to health, education, water, sanitation, and income generation. With this training, individuals will be equipped with the ability and knowledge to claim these rights through the correct legal mechanisms.