Xavier Project, Olympic Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya

This partner’s vision is to provide opportunities to refugees living in urban areas in Kenya and Uganda who are otherwise excluded from the means to live a fulfilled and dignified existence so that they will be able to take back control of their lives and make a positive change whether to their new communities or to their country of origin.
Xavier Project works to achieve its vision through a holistic approach to development. Its three areas of focus are: Education, Livelihoods and Media.
Xavier Project’s primary goal is to offer an individualised education for urban refugees in Nairobi and Kampala so that they can reach their full potential. So, Xavier Project provides sponsorship for refugee children to study at government schools and in the holidays they organise extra-curricular activities so that these children can explore the talents that might not be revealed in their formal education. This includes sports activities and music coaching and extends to activities such as community services and social media courses.

Furthermore, this partner has opened a livelihoods programme for the parents of these children so that in the long run they will be able to pay their own school fees. Many of the parents are skilled and well qualified but they lack the capital to start their own business and struggle to find employment because of cultural barriers. This programme also offers accounting services to small refugee businesses.

The third big area of Xavier Project is the media programme that was designed to give refugees a voice so that they can speak out about the realities of their lives in order to effect positive improvements. This is a three phase programme which enables refugees to publish, learn from and interact with unbiased information anonymously and without access to the internet. The first phase included an awareness programme designed to educate refugees about social media opportunities that already exist and to improve local infrastructure to give them better access to the internet. To facilitate communication, the second phase is an SMS-website platform: refugees and anyone else will be able to send an SMS anonymously and for free to a memorable number which will immediately be uploaded to Twitter.

Please see their website for more information.