A Safe Haven for Somali Refugee Women in Kenya

Posted By: Zakat Foundation of America

Mar 22, 2010

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Massive amounts of violence and social instability within Somalia have caused many people to flee the country at any cost. In the year 2008 alone, approximately 60,000 Somalis crossed into Kenya to escape the turmoil of their country. When young Somali girls arrive to Kenya, a country which borders Somalia to the west, they are often without family and cut off from reliable support systems. They become easy targets for manipulation and physical abuse, including rape. In the fall of 2009 Zakat Foundation began supporting a Safe House and a Tailor Training Program that directly benefits these vulnerable Somali refugee girls, as well as Ethiopian and Eritrean refugee girls who have found their way to Nairobi, Kenya.

The Safe House, which is located in a calm neighborhood in Nairobi, provides temporary shelter to refugee girls between the ages of 13 to 19, and on an exceptional basis, refugee women and young refugee boys who would otherwise be homeless or living in physically abusive situations. Some are survivors of rape; others have seen their family members murdered. Zakat Foundation’s partner organization, Heshima Kenya, focuses on protecting unaccompanied refugee children in Kenya and advocating on their behalf within Kenyan society and with government and United Nations officials.

The Safe House offers the girls a peaceful environment in which to gain the emotional and material support needed to recover from the trauma of their past experiences and endeavor towards their future goals. While living there, they can receive counseling and medical care.

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