Who We Serve
RefuSHE serves East Africa’s most vulnerable refugees – orphaned and separated refugee girls in Nairobi, Kenya. The young women in RefuSHE's programs have been separated and orphaned due to war, conflict, violence, and terrorism.
"Many of these girls and young women lost their most basic human rights when they crossed Kenya's border and became refugees. RefuSHE is a safe community for them and by them..and empowers every woman to negotiate their rights and to lead with a strong, confident voice."
- Anne Sweeney, RefuSHE Co-founder
They have fled persecution in their home countries and have been torn from their families. While many have witnessed the death of their parents, others believe their families might be alive, but have no knowledge of where they are. With very limited access to formal assistance in Nairobi for shelter, education, and medical care, they often suffer extreme poverty, as well as cope with the physical and emotional scars from war and, in many cases, abuse and exploitation.
Unaccompanied refugee girls and young women face unique risk factors, including: sexualized violence and physical abuse, marginalization and living in transient and hostile environments, domestic servitude, higher risk of depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and stress-related conditions, higher rates of illiteracy and less avenues for achieving self-sufficiency, higher risk of forced marriage and early pregnancy, higher risk of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)/Female Genital Cutting (FGC) and complications as a result of surviving FGM/FGC, xenophobia, extortion, and persecution from host communities.