SAVIC – supporting refugees in Kenya

With our partner SAVIC, we are working together to promote sustainable economic independence and functional literacy among refugees in Kakuma, Kenya.

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SAVIC

With our partner SAVIC, we are working together to promote sustainable economic independence and functional literacy among refugees in Kakuma, Kenya. The project aims to provide 522 direct beneficiaries with access to literacy classes that are fully linked to their daily lives, especially the ability to seek and use medical/health care instructions and read Kakuma camp information materials. 240 beneficiaries will be encouraged to start savings and credit cooperatives as a result of SAVICs training. In addition, 60 young people will be trained in tailoring and dress making and will be encouraged to start business workshops and savings groups. Although refugees in Kakuma have no formal employment within the camp, those who have acquired a satisfactory level of literacy or higher education have opportunities to work with different NGOs with an incentive pay to help them financially. The project aims to reach over 3,000 beneficiaries indirectly over the course of one and a half years.

Vocational training includes tailoring, carpentry and baking, allowing beneficiaries to economically support their families, with women becoming more self-reliant and thus less exposed to sexual exploitation.

Find out more about SAVIC – supporting refugees in Kenya

Update from Kakuma Camp

Muzabel, the man who runs this project. Muzabel is a refugee himself so has a very close understanding of the trials and tribulations they face:

“Despite the turmoil of war and civilian unrest in my country, DR Congo, that almost took away all my hope for the future, I have come out strong to defy all odds and stand in the front line to accompany fellow refugees to regain agency over their own lives.

You can read Muzabel’s full blog here.

 

Project spotlight

Located in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in north-west Kenya, our Partners SAVIC [Solidarity & Advocacy with Vulnerable Individuals in Crisis] work in some of the toughest conditions imaginable.

Kakuma town in Turkana County has hosted Kakuma Refugee camp since 1992. The camp was established to accommodate refugees from Sudan but was later expanded and accommodates refugees from Somalia, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda. According to the latest UNHCR statics from June 2015 the Kakuma Refugee camp hosts 185,000 refugees, with that number set to continue to expand rapidly.

You can read the full blog here.