Getting Support: Kenya

Updated:April 2015

Getting Support: Kenya

This is a list of organisations that work specifically in Kenya. They often focus on practical assistance and peer support.

International Rescue Committee (IRC)

As well as providing humanitarian aid to refugees in the Kakuma Refugee Camp and engaging in advocacy for refugees’ rights, the IRC in Nairobi helps women’s refugee groups to access legal advice, education and small business grants.

Contact: +254 20 2719236 / +254 20 2719237 / Argwings Kodhek Road
 

Jesuit Refugee Service Kenya

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international Catholic organisation. In Nairobi, JRS assists asylum seekers by providing practical, financial and medical assistance, including psycho-social support. JRS also provides support for pre-school and secondary level education for refugee children.

They grant small loans to urban refugees to enable them to earn their own living, and help them market and sell their products.

In the Kakuma refugee camp, JRS focuses on counselling and mental health care. JRS gives support for young people seeking higher education.

Contact: +254 20 3874136 / kenya@jrs.net
 

Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ)

The Kenya Union of Journalists is an organisation that seeks to improve working conditions and professional development of journalists. It protects and promotes press freedom through programmes such as legal aid, safety and protection, training and advocacy.

Contact:
Erick Oduor, Deputy Secretary General
+254 721 23 00 16 - oduorerick@gmail.com / info@kenyaunionofjournalists.org
International House, 1st Floor, No.19, Mama Ngina Street, Nairobi.
 

Kituo Cha Sheria

Kituo Cha Sheria (The Centre for Legal Empowerment) works to protect the rights of forced migrants in Kenya. Besides being active in advocacy for refugee and migrants' rights, Kituo also provides legal aid and advice to individual refugees through the Urban Refugee Intervention Project (URIP), based in Eastleigh.

URIP offers legal advice to refugees and asylum seekers, especially against police harassment, delayed processing of their claims from the UNHCR as well as advice on how to counter insecurity of agents from their countries of origin.

Contact:
Forced Migration Programme, Nairobi
Jogoo Road Plaza, 2nd floor, opposite Kobil Petrol Station, Jogoo Road.
+254 20 2451631 / +254 76 867241 / +254 70806531

Regional Office Mombasa
Opposite Ganjoni Primary School
+254 41 02230282 / +254 73 1129739 / +254 70 0638379
msa@kituochasheria.or.ke

Media Council of Kenya (MCK)

MCK is the point of contact for journalists thinking about working professionally in Kenya. The MCK can process registration for foreign and local journalists alike, and should be able to provide advice to journalists wanting to work in Kenya.

The Media Council also monitors violence against journalists in Kenya, and regularly runs safety training courses. Some of these are opened to journalists in exile. 

Contact: Ground Floor, Britam Centre, Mara/Ragati Road Junction, Upper Hill, Nairobi, Kenya / +254 (0) 20 2716265

National Coalition for Human Rigths Defenders - Kenya (NCHRD-K)

NCHRD-K seeks to strengthen the capacity of human rights defenders (HRDs) to work effectively in the country and to reduce their vulnerability to the risk of persecution through protection, capacity building, and advocacy for a favourable legal and policy environment.

NCHRD-K works primarily for the protection of HRDs and organisations working on human rights issue by facilitating preventive security management training to HRDs and organisations, relocation of HRDs under threats because of their work, and enhancing skills development of HRDs especially to document rights violations.

Contact: info@hrdcoalition.org

RefugePoint

RefugePoint's urban refugee assistance programme provides support to Nairobi's most vulnerable refugees. Services include emergency food assistance, safe shelter, rent support, psychosocial counselling and therapy. You'll need to book an appointment to speak to them- contact them by email.

Contact: info@refugepoint.org 


The Refugee Consortium of Kenya

The Refugee Consortium of Kenya provides pro bono legal representation for the Refugee Status Determination process and in courts of law. This programme also provides psychosocial support.

Contact: +254 20 208 8060 / +254 20 2088067 / info@rckkenya.org

Somali Exiled Journalists Network Association (SEJNAS)

SEJNAS is an independent non-profit media organisation. It aims to promote press freedom and assist both asylum-seeking and refugee journalists by bringing them together, safeguarding their interests for better professionalism and ethical standards, and empowering them to work with the greater East Africa media fraternity. SEJNAS holds trainings for disadvantaged Somali exiled journalists to develop their journalistic skills.

Contact: +254 (0) 722129900 / +254 (0) 725363622 - info@sejnas.org.so

Do you know of any organisation that should be listed here? Let us know.

Image: Exiled Journalists in KANERE editorial meeting, Kakuma Refugee Camp. Credit: Kakuma News Reflector (KANERE)
 
Created: September 2013

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