UNHCR and the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims successfully raised over sh15 million in two hours for refugee education in Kenya at their fundraising Iftar dinner.
“I was inspired by the refugee youth speakers at the dinner and was incredibly encouraged to see a diverse group of change-makers gather together for one evening to support the plight of people forced to flee by investing in their education,” said Fathiaa Abdalla, UNHCR Representative in Kenya.
Ambassador Mohamed Affey, UNHCR Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa said the fundraising Iftar highlights the unity and community spirit of Kenyans. “Almost half of refugee school-aged children are not attending school in Kenya. Together, our community responded to this increasing crisis by donating generously to improve refugee access to education.”
Dr. Yusuf A. Nzibo, SUPKEM Chairman noted that the holy month of Ramadan has brought their community together to support this worthy cause. “What we have seen from the UNHCR and SUPKEM Iftar dinner is that we can provide much more than just a meal to needy people – we can invest in their future,” he said.
Kenya is host to more than 450,000 refugees, 77 percent of whom are women and children. The majority of refugee children living in Kenya’s Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps only have access to primary education. More than two-thirds of refugee school-age children do not have access to secondary school and 87 per cent of refugee youth do not have access to tertiary education.
The Iftar dinner was organized as a part of the greater UNHCR and SUPKEM Ramadan Campaign running for the entire period of Ramadan.