The first and only of its kind in Kenya, our Safe House is a transitional shelter that provides protection and recovery to unaccompanied and separated refugee girls under 18 years old and their children. We are a registered shelter program, Children's Charitable Institution (CCI) under the Kenyan Children’s Department. Approximately half of RefuSHE’s Safe House residents have young children of their own.
Currently located in a safe suburb in Nairobi, The Safe House is managed by supportive case management staff 24-hours a day in order to care for the residents around the clock, and is protected by 24-hour security guards onsite. The length of time a participant stays in the Safe House depends on individual circumstances.
All residents receive intensive case management support, including counseling, material support, medical and legal support, family tracing, and life skill classes about HIV prevention, conflict prevention, child care, and other life-skills.
The program works to promote psychosocial healing by structuring a daily routine of games, homework, sports competitions, movies, chores, and gardening.
RefuSHE is developing positive exit strategies, such as our social enterprise, for girls and young women who reside at the Safe House. The ultimate goal is to link residents to alternative care arrangements within the community. Many residents who have exited the Safe House, joined our artisan collective, and are now residing together in nearby communities through group living.