Kituo Cha Sheria joined refugees at the Alliance Francaise, Nairobi on 14th June 2017 as refugee entrepreneurs exhibited and sold their products. The event which was part of World Refugee Day 2017 celebrations revolved around refugee economics and the capacities and contributions of refugees to the local economy.
Activities for the day included performances by refugees, fashion shows and testimonials by refugee entrepreneurs in Kenya. This was in addition to speeches by officials from the UNHC-Kenya, UNHCR partner organizations, refugee representative and a panel discussion on refugee contribution to the Kenyan economy.
Kituo’s Forced Migration Programme (FMP) officers were also on stand-by to offer legal aid to participants.
Speaking on behalf of UNHCR partner organizations; Kituo’s Executive Director, Ms. Gertrude Angote spoke of refugees as not just numbers but mothers, fathers, daughters and sons. “They are doctors, engineers, lawyers, teachers and farmers. They are individuals, and most of all they are survivors; each one with an incredible story that tells of resilience in the face of great loss. They are also the most vulnerable, stripped of home and country”, she said.
Ms. Angote acknowledged the invaluable work that many of the partner organizations are doing in the humanitarian space. Being part of the human family should be about doing what all good families do – caring for our less fortunate brothers and sisters and being the shoulder to lean on.
The day’s activities ended with the launch of ‘Pamoja Collectives’ an online market platform in support of handicraft items made by refugees in Kenya. The World Refugee Day 2017 celebrations shall culminate with an event on Tuesday, 20th June 2017 at the University of Nairobi Towers. Join us, let’s all stand #WithRefugees.