RefuSHE’s mission is to protect, educate, and empower orphaned, unaccompanied, and separated refugee girls and young women so they can build healthier and more resilient futures for themselves and their children. Since 2008, RefuSHE’s holistic model has addressed urban refugee girls’ urgent needs for safety and shelter, while also ensuring they can work towards building skills, confidence, and a livelihood. Given that access to dignified and viable livelihoods is critical in preventing refugee young women from falling into cycles of abuse and exploitation, RefuSHE provides vocational trainings to set young women up for economic success and self-reliance.
With UNFCU Foundation’s support, RefuSHE will expand in-person and virtual vocational training programs for over 200 urban refugee young women in Nairobi. The programs will increase the women’s opportunities to access safe, dignified, and sustainable livelihoods.
RefuSHE’s in-person vocational training programming will broaden to include skills in IT and construction. RefuSHE will also continue to support the tailoring and entrepreneurship skills development currently offered through their social enterprise, the Artisan Collective. Additionally, RefuSHE will extend the reach of its vocational trainings to more refugee young women by offering virtual skills training on their e-learning and wellness platform.