Hello From Our New CEO
Leadership Transition Announcement
I am delighted and honored to be stepping into the role of Chief Executive Officer at RefuSHE.
Over the past ten years, RefuSHE has grown and expanded its services to reach thousands of unaccompanied refugee girls and young women. It is my honor to build on the legacy of my predecessors and steward RefuSHE’s exceptional programs into our second decade of impact. We are, as always, dedicated to providing holistic care to the world’s most vulnerable refugees. I’m eager to work with our many supporters and stakeholders to design a future that can serve even more refugee women and girls.
I’m humbled by the vote of confidence. In addition to education and training, we provide shelter to young women, girls, and their children who see our organization as their home in a time of immense vulnerability in their lives. The magnitude of that responsibility doesn’t escape me.
RefuSHE Dreams: Celebrating International Day of the Girl
On behalf of the Executive Board of Directors, I wish Alisa Roadcup, our Executive Director, much success as she embarks on her next adventure. Alisa will be formally leaving RefuSHE on 2 November 2018. For the last seven years, Alisa’s passion, vision, and deep commitment to the empowerment of women and girls has elevated RefuSHE as an innovative thought leader in the field of refugee protection. We are deeply grateful for Alisa’s leadership and know that she will continue to achieve great things in the future.
As in all great stories, as one chapter ends, another begins; so it is for RefuSHE. I am very pleased to announce the selection of Jailan Adly as RefuSHE’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective 5 November 2018.
RefuSHE Partners with the British Chamber of Commerce
International Day of the Girl is a celebration of the limitless potential of girls across the world. At RefuSHE, we honor this special day by sharing the dreams of the young women we serve.
The girls in RefuSHE's programs are vibrant, strong, and passionate: each with dreams of her own future and for that of a better world.
RefuSHE Featured at London Design Biennale as Part of Refugees’ Pavilion Exhibition
In 2017, RefuSHE was named Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) NGO partner by the British Chamber of Commerce in Kenya. We are honored by this designation. This formal partnership has afforded RefuSHE the rare opportunity to engage directly with key leaders in the Nairobi business community and to create meaningful relationships with companies such as Standard Chartered Bank, Reckitt Benckiser, Safaricom, Rotary Club of Langata, BBC, Celebrus Business Strategies, among others.
Listen Now: Special Interview with RefuSHE's Director of Programming
RefuSHE is being featured in the London Design Biennale at the Somerset House from September 3-23, 2018. This global showcase celebrates the creative and artistic contributions of the world’s refugees.
The Refugees’ Pavilion exhibition was designed by Nairobi Design Week in collaboration with organizations that work with refugees around the world including RefuSHE, Better Shelter, Makers Unite, Syrian artist Yara Said, and London-based creative agency, Vidan Lawnes.
Community Outreach & Economic Independence
RefuSHE's Director of Programs, Fidelis Muia, spoke about RefuSHE and her passion for working with refugees on the Women in Foreign Policy podcast. Listen now to hear Fidelis share about our work and her advice for young women in the field.
Trauma & Storytelling: Alisa Roadcup on RefuSHE's Approach
Earlier this summer, I visited the Kivuli Center Fair Trade Shop in Nairobi to learn more about RefuSHE’s community outreach program. Since I joined RefuSHE in the fall of 2017, I’ve been eager to learn about this component of our holistic model which fosters and supports the economic independence of entrepreneurial refugee women in the community, outside of RefuSHE’s campus. Currently, the program provides 22 refugee women entrepreneurs in Kivuli with business and literacy training, case management, and small business loans. The women are a part of a chaama, or savings group, where they collectively support each other to produce and sell a variety of handmade products including jewelry, soap, tie and dye clothing, and peanut butter in the Kivuli Center Fair Trade Shop.
RefuSHE is dedicated to telling the stories of our beneficiaries with respect, honor, and dignity. Our Executive Director, Alisa Roadcup, sat down with Refinery29 to share how RefuSHE is supporting refugee women recover from traumatic experiences through storytelling and how anyone can be an advocate for the most vulnerable.
Watch Alisa's full interview to learn more about RefuSHE's storytelling approach.
Leadership Transition Announcement
Every day the young women of RefuSHE inspire us with their stories, voices, and strength. Today, we are proud to share a piece of that through Athiel's profound poetry.
At sixteen years of age, and in her distinctly tender voice, Athiel expresses through poetry the story of her "lost" childhood resulting from South Sudan's brutal war. Despite being forced to flee her home, the loss of her parents, and the heavy responsibility of caring for her younger siblings, Athiel exemplifies the true resilience of the young women who RefuSHE serves.
Day of the African Child: Marie’s Story
I am writing to share a bit of news. I will be stepping down from my role as Executive Director of RefuSHE effective October 28, 2018. This was a difficult decision as RefuSHE has been one of the great joys of my life, but I know this is the right step for me and my young family. While there is never a perfect time for this type of transition, I am confident this next chapter will be an exciting one.
Today we celebrate the Day of the African Child, a day that marks the rights and potential of African children. With World Refugee Day just days away, we wanted to bring you a story of a young woman who exemplifies the strength and power of young refugee women.
Special Video Release: Angelina's First Runway Show
Last week, we invited you to share in UNHCR Special Envoy, Angelina Jolie’s, visit to RefuSHE in anticipation of World Refugee Day 2018 on June 20th. During her visit, Angelina got to know one of the incredible young women in our programs, Josephine.
Join RefuSHE in Standing #WithRefugees for World Refugee Day 2018!
On World Refugee Day 2017, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Special Envoy, Angelina Jolie, visited RefuSHE's Girls' Empowerment Project and Safe House. During her visit, Angelina watched her very first fashion show. "I hadn't been to one before," she shared. “But it was my kind of runway: the most beautiful girls, survivors with their heads held high, bringing forward their own designs and culture.”
Fashion Challenge X: A Decade of Impact
June 20th is World Refugee Day. A special day when people all over the world honor the courage, strength, and determination of women, men, and children who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict, and violence. Join RefuSHE in showing that you stand #WithRefugees this World Refugee Day! Post on social media and share our work, or take it step farther by starting a fundraiser on Facebook.
Celebrating Mothers: Chantal's Story
On April 12th, over 250 guests attended a one-of-a-kind runway show featuring looks created with fabric made in RefuSHE's social enterprise, a program that fosters leadership and business skills through the design and production of hand-dyed fabrics and scarves.
UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie reports from the front row of RefuSHE’s pioneering fashion show in support of refugee artisans.
Every day we are inspired by the hard work, care, and love of the young mothers in RefuSHE's programs. Young mothers, like Chantal who is determined to create brighter future for herself and her son through education…
A Name That Inspires: Our Renaming
On International Women's Day, we are celebrating alongside UNHCR Special Envoy, Angelina Jolie, and Harper's Bazaar. During her visit on World Refugee Day 2017, Angelina attended her very first fashion show at RefuSHE's Girls' Empowerment Project campus in Nairobi, Kenya.
For the past 10 years, we have built a one-of-a-kind holistic model for serving refugee girls in Kenya, and in the process, transformed thousands of lives. As we enter a new decade, we feel the need to make an even greater impact. To position the organization for future success and better deliver our mission, we have decided to re-brand our organization with a new logo and a new name that allows us to take a leadership position in the global conversation on refugee girls.