Imperial, a leading integrated market access and logistics provider, has donated USD 100,000 to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, through its partnership with the Caring Women’s Forum (CWF). The funds will contribute towards enhancing access to education for refugees in Kenya.
Kenya hosts almost half a million refugees and asylum-seekers from over 15 countries, who are mostly living in the Kakuma refugee camp and Kalobeyei settlement in Turkana County, and the Dadaab refugee camps in Garissa County.
"Our partnership with CWF is instrumental in facilitating the donation towards education services for refugees in Kenya and highlights the role that the private sector plays in addressing the socio-economic challenges faced by refugee and host communities. This donation is our way of ensuring that we are part of the change needed", says Imperial Group CEO, Mohammed Akoojee.
The investment will go towards a refugee school project in Kenya that will provide at least 5,000 refugee children in primary and secondary schools with textbooks and desks and will enable 265 refugee students to sit for the high school national exams.
"Investing in education is an important pillar of our social responsibility strategy at Imperial," adds Akoojee. "We believe that education empowers the vulnerable and will improve their lives and communities."
"UNHCR appreciates Imperial’s donation, which will contribute to refugee and host community children’s continued learning while schools are closed. This also supports efforts to make schools safer for children before re-opening," says Ivana Unluova, UNHCR Assistant Representative in Kenya.
UNHCR continues to forge partnerships with the Government, private sector, civil society, development partners and UN agencies to provide refugees, asylum-seekers and host communities with access to education services that are accountable, predictable and promote sustainable livelihoods.
"Much of our focus since inception in 1995 has been addressing the challenges faced by women beyond South African borders and our partnerships are still deeply rooted in this cause. We are now aiming to extend our reach beyond only girls and women, to address larger community needs," concludes Akoojee.