Kenya is a safe haven for hundreds of thousands of refugees. Somalis, Sudanese, Congolese flock to the borders, where they survive trapped in some of the largest refugee camps in the world.
Tens of thousands move to Nairobi in search of work and favorable conditions. But in a metropolis where 60% of the population lives in slums, dreams of a better tomorrow are shattered. In Nairobi over 500,000 children, refugees and Kenyans alike, live in poverty, with no chance of a better future.
We are here to create opportunities and rewrite the future.
495k displaced people
+80k refugees in Nairobi
600,000 people live in the 5km² of Mathare slum
* source UNHCR, July 2020
Our school is located Mathare, Nairobi, a strategic area to welcome the city’s forgotten children. Mathare is one of the most disadvantaged slums in the world and it stands nn between the districts of Pangani, Eastleigh and Huruma, some of the areas with the highest refugee density.
Pamoja, “together” in Swahili, will be the name of our youth center. Here we will prepare 150 students for the beginning of the first school year. At that point we will open Still I Rise International School, the first international school for refugee and disadvantaged children of the African continent.
Here we will offer a high-quality international curriculum. We create opportunities and promote development not only for our students but for the entire community. Through cultural events, an organic garden, exposure for the students and work opportunities for the parents will be our primary focus.
The main focus of the project is the involvement of the local community. The staff will be made up of the best local professionals and teachers with the support of a selection of international teachers.
During the pandemic our team on the ground has organized activities to support the local community:
Watch the video to discover our operations on the ground!