Dear Heshima Supporter,
At Heshima Kenya, we stand alongside the most vulnerable. Since our founding in 2008, we have provided a lifeline for thousands of refugee girls and their children who would otherwise be alone.
Recent xenophobic policies enacted in the United States have affected thousands of refugees' lives–those who have no option to return to their homes, those who are in danger of violence and exploitation, those who now have even fewer opportunities for a safe and happy future.
Despite recent court rulings, it is clear that the current administration is determined to restrict citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen from entering the United States, and has halted admission of all refugees to our country.
More than 30% of Heshima girls are from Somalia and Sudan. Dozens of girls in Heshima Kenya's programs are at various phases in the resettlement process. Of the refugee girls we serve, 25% are resettled–an impressive number given the global average for refugee resettlement is less than 1%. We fight relentlessly for our girls’ futures and will continue to do so, but we can’t do it alone.
Heshima Kenya is dedicated, now more than ever, to our one-of-a-kind holistic approach to meeting the full spectrum of refugee girls needs. Through our safe shelter, specialized education programs, and social enterprise, we are the only NGO to provide long-term solutions for the myriad of challenges facing refugee girls. Our team will continue to ensure that every Heshima girl knows that she has the opportunity–regardless of her country of origin or religious beliefs–to fulfill her potential.
In light of this, we are asking for your help to support refugees and our lifesaving work. So, at this time of urgency, what can you do to take action?
Make a gift or launch your own Heshima fundraiser: Appeal to your friends and family, too. A gift of any amount is urgently needed, and appreciated.
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Thank you for your continued support and action.
In solidarity and love,
Executive Director, Heshima Kenya