The LGBTQ Refugees In Kenya Self Aid Society

Most attempts to help people in Africa consist of outside NGOs and other groups from the West pouring money into what they think will help the people there without working closely with local leaders and groups and taking into account what they want. The results tend to be mixed.

This project is different.

A group of LGBT Refugees from Uganda are having a tough life in Kenya. They get beaten up a lot by the locals, they lost their income from their manual jobs with expected spread of Covid, they’ve been abandoned by the UNCHR, which is the organization that is supposed to help refugees. One has been driven to despair and suicide. Members of the wider community are Gay, Lesbian, Transgender and more. Some have children.

But that is all changing now.

Led by their own leader, a man with a vision and with plans, they have have secured a safe house. They have rented land to grow their own crops because seeking food has been too dangerous and famine is a likely problem in light of Covid. They have been making Covid masks and arts and crafts to become self-sufficient and to help their communities.

Right now, they need just a little more money to cover these expenses until they can become fully self-sufficient.

They need
1) Rent money: $200 a month (until their crafts products reach a critical market)
2) Supplies for Covid masks and high quality arts and crafts — the more they get for this, the more easily they can pay rent and other expenses
3) Money to pay for doctor’s bills because Malaria is a huge problem, and some of them have this illness.
4) A bicycle to distribute their masks, crafts, and extra food.

Everyone seems to have a charity they care about these days. This charity, unlike others, has no overhead. Every single dollar given goes straight to this group. The Kenyan exchange rate is such that even a small donation of $5 will go much further than the same amount given to a US Charity.

If you are an intersectional supporter of LGBTQ people, Refugees, Africans, and want to help stop Covid in Africa, this is a sound investment in the belief of human potential. You could even set a budget to give $5 every month and that would do a lot of good.

As soon as they are self-sufficient, we will let you know.

In the words of the Leader of the Self-Aid Society, Geoffrey Rainbow-

“We are a group of LGBT refugees in Kenya. After our landlord evicted us from our home when they discovered we are LGBTQ, with the use of your donations, we have rented a safe house in a safe location for $200 a month. Despite huge challenges, including mental stress to the point of suicide, and a total absence of income because we are LGBTQ Ugandan refugees in Kenya, where we are beaten up all the time, we decided to take matters into our own hands. With some donations, we were able to develop an Art and Craft project. We feel so happy to be doing something productive and already people are interested in our products. We also have been making Covid masks. As we await resettlement to safer countries, we are doing everything we can do to survive, thrive, help each other and be of service to Kenya with our art and Covid masks. We humbly request your financial help in order to buy the required materials. Any amount will be much appreciated. Your support will improve our living standards. Thank you.”

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    • $30 
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    • $15 
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Mike Levy 
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