Located in a safe location in Nairobi, our Safe House supports an average of 70 young women and children each year and is managed by Case Management staff 24 hours a day. The Safe House is a transitional shelter that provides protection and recovery to unaccompanied and separated refugee girls and their children. We offer the young women who come through our Safe House doors a secure space to heal, a holistic set of services, and a dedicated community of support.
Urban unaccompanied adolescent girls ages 13 to 19 in forced displacement are considered the most vulnerable in population in Nairobi. A desperate need exists to provide them with effective tools that protect them from rape, forced marriage, prostitution, discrimination, at-risk pregnancies, slavery and HIV/AIDS. RefuSHE's Safe House is the first and only shelter in Nairobi designed to specifically meet their critical protection needs.
All residents receive intensive case management support including counseling, health care, legal aid, family tracing, childcare, and life skills classes. The Safe House program works to promote psychosocial healing by structuring a daily routine of creative arts and chores. In addition to meeting girls' immediate and essential needs, the Safe House offers healing through community and kinship.
RefuSHE prioritizes safe exit strategies for all Safe House residents. Due to the temporary nature of the shelter, our goal is to either reunify residents with their families, facilitate their resettlement outside of Kenya, or place them in safe, alternative care arrangements within the community.