15, (Xinhua/GNA) - The UN refugee agency and the Supreme Council of Kenya
Muslims said Tuesday they have successfully raised over 15 million shillings (150,000
U.S. dollars) in two hours for refugee education in Kenya.
Abdalla, UNHCR Representative in Kenya said the fundraising Iftar dinner was
well attended by government representatives, members of the diplomatic corps,
inter-faith community leaders, and private sector businesses including
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," Abdalla said of the event which was held on Saturday evening.
Kenya is host to more than 450,000 refugees, 77 percent of whom are women and
The majority of
refugee children living in Kenya's Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps in northern
Kenya only have access to primary education.
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
UNHCR special envoy for the Horn of Africa said the fundraising Iftar
highlighted the unity and community spirit of Kenyans.
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," he added.
dinner was organized as a part of the greater UNHCR and SUPKEM Ramadan campaign
running for the entire period of the holy month.
Yusuf A. Nzibo,
SUPKEM chairman said the holy month of Ramadan has brought the Kenyan community
together to support this worthy cause.