Heshima Kenya Welcomes the Ambassador

Ambassador Godec Visits Heshima Kenya

Heshima Kenya offers protection and empowerment to young, unaccompanied refugee women and girls.  The young women at Heshima have been separated from family and community and have been orphaned due to war, conflict, violence and terrorism.  Heshima provides a safe community for these young women to grow, learn, feel protected and become leaders.

The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) has partnered with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to support Heshima in providing emergency shelter, classes in English and Swahili, computer literacy and tailoring.  The women also learn to produce beautiful, hand-dyed scarves for international and local sale and to manage a business cooperative under the Maisha Collective.

Ambassador Godec visited Heshima Kenya to discuss the range of challenges facing urban refugees in Nairobi.  He toured the classrooms and day cares and even bought a scarf for his wife Lori!  The Ambassador spoke to the young women as they prepare for their exams, thanking them for the warm welcome, “I respect and admire all of you for your courage and strength. Thank you for welcoming me to Heshima Kenya.”