Since 2016, the Community Support Initiative for Refugees (CoSIR Kenya) has been advocating for the rights and dignity of LGBTIQ+ refugees in Nairobi, Kenya at the grassroots level. Through our emergency shelter housing program, we have and continue to provide emergency shelter to exceptionally vulnerable members of the LGBTIQ+ urban refugee community . In addition, through skills training and livelihood initiatives that we run as CoSIR and in conjunction with our partners, we have and will continue to enable this community to become more self-reliant. In this effort we are guided buy our core values
o Everyone deserves to live a pleasant and pain-free life.
o Human rights and equality must be upheld at all times.
o Dignity matters most
We could not have accomplished so much without your help, and as such we will be eternally thankful to all who have and continue to support us.
As the world continues to cope with unprecedented challenges posed by the global COVID-19 pandemic, the most vulnerable members of the community we serve—LGBTIQ+ refugees in Nairobi—risk starvation and homelessness.
We're looking for donations to help support ten LGBTIQ+ refuges that don't have food or a place to call home. This money will go towards purchasing vital items to assist vulnerable members of our community who have become homeless as a result of the pandemic.
Three of the ten are already residents of the CoSIR Communityshelter, but they receive no support. Five have received eviction notices from where they stay and are awaiting admission to the Shelter, while two others are sharing a single room for which they have not paid rent in three months and receive no support.
The items and services we plan to buy with the funds are as follows:
Food for 10 persons for a period of three months
National Hospital Insurance Fund NHIF Monthly contribution for each of them for at least five months.
Any amount left will go into supporting CoSIR tailoring skills training cohort.
Because they are all unvaccinated, a part of the funds will be used to transport the ten to immunization centers for the CoVID-19 vaccine.
Thank you for your support