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HIJRA has maintained presence in Kenya since 2007.

HIJRA Kenya works to coordinate our response in the region and address the needs of the growing refugee population. Since 2010 our programs have worked to empower schools ensuring access to quality education for the Somali refugees in Nairobi and its environs.

Together with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), fellow members of the Urban Refugee Protection Network (URPN) and the Kenyan Ministry of Education (MOE), HIJRA works to guarantee that each child has the supplies, the space and the attention to perform in an appropriate learning environment.

The Kenyan education initiative works to address the combined issues of protection, nutrition, sanitation and access through the provision of basic education materials, hygiene supplies and infrastructure rehabilitation.

HIJRA's activities in Kenya have been developed to address and positively contribute to the achievement of 3 Millennium Development Goals; MDG 1 – Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger, MDG 2 – Universal Primary Education, MDG 3 – Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women.


The Conflict Effect; The Urbanization of Refugees

20 Years of civil strife have seen Somalia at the forefront of the one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. Since the 1991 collapse of the government Somalia has been in a complete state of emergency. The absence of a functioning government, years of brutal insurgency, famine and natural disaster have had devastating effects on the countries populations. To date 1.2 million Somalis have been displaced and hundreds of thousands have been forced to seek refuge in neighboring countries and abroad.

The situation in 2010 was further exacerbated by the resurgence of violence seeing 5,000 Somali refugees migrating into Kenya monthly, making it home to the largest population 332,000 (UNHCR) Somalis outside of Somalia today.

The resulting influx of professionals, skill practitioners and entrepreneurs has seen a shift in refugee movements. A growing trend towards settlement in urban areas spawned by a desire for the more dynamic social and economic environment offered with in a capital city has led to the urbanization of today’s refugees.

The realities for refugees upon relocation to Nairobi, a city where 40% of the population is unemployed, 50% live below the poverty line and another 60% are accommodated in slums, are often far removed from the glamorous vision of “big city life”. Without the protection offered inside the traditional refugee camps many find themselves victims of xenophobic attacks, corruption and lacking access to essential social services.

HIJRA's presence in Nairobi therefore works to provide space for integration through advocacy, community sensitization and education.

Today, official estimates show 46,000 Somali refugees have relocated and registered in Nairobi while another 11,000 await their Mandate Refugee Certificate (MRC) status.

Areas of Operation in Kenya

  1. Kayole (Nairobi)
  2. Eastleigh (Nairobi)
  3. Komarocks (Nairobi)



Two decades has seen Somalia at the heart of one of the longest running humanitarian crisis in the world.  The intense destabilization created by the 1991 collapse of the government, has left its people vulnerable, displaced and at the forefront of an international independent and governmental battle for aid intervention.

The Somalia of today is home to the largest population per capita of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the world.

Today almost 30 percent, over a quarter of a million people, have been displaced and nearly half the country’s population is malnourished and totally dependent on external food aid

3.2 million Somalis are in need of humanitarian assistance.

HIJRA’s Emergency Role in Somalia

HIJRA has remained among a very small number of NGOs still operating and providing essential lifesaving services in Southern Somalia, Banadir and The Afgooye Corridor; working to fill the gaps in aid created by the forced withdrawal of agencies in 2009.

In response to this withdraw and the increased violence our program focus has been shifted from developmental projects to emergency intervention.
Together with our international partners and various UN agencies, HIJRA works to set up systems of shared information and coordinated response for the displaced to provide immediate emergency intervention in Water and Sanitation, Livelihoods and Health.
HIJRA works to ensure access to emergency healthcare services, clean water, emergence shelter (plastic sheeting) and non-food items (NFIs), sanitation facilities and hygiene supplies. HIJRA also supplies lifesaving kits to the incoming IDPs.

Areas of Operation in Somalia

  1. Mogadishu, Banadir
  2. Lower Shabelle (The Afgooye Corridor)


Countries of Operation

HIJRA is an emergency response organization working to address the immediate needs of vulnerable populations in South Central Somalia, Kenya and Uganda.  HIJRA understands the impact of war, famine and displacement often entering situations of conflict and unrest to ensure that care is provided.  In such, instances HIJRA works to ensure the safety of its beneficiaries and staff by adhering to a strict policy of transparency, neutrality and accountability.

Hijra works to develop and implement lifesaving initiatives throughout the Horn of Africa; Somalia, Kenya and Uganda.

The Horn of Africa

The Horn of Africa is a region known for its civil wars, internal political turmoil, famine, man-made and natural disasters. The regions unpredictable environmental, humanitarian, and political patterns coupled with its communities overall loss of livelihoods has led to the deterioration of developmental growth leaving the its countries in a state of stalled development.

The weak governmental capacities, insufficient and under-resourced social services, high levels of ethnic strife, refugees and Internally Displaced has created an environment that currently represents 3 percent of the world’s population, yet requires 40 percent of the world’s food aid.

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