While our services and help is available to all in need, we mainly advocate our programs and focus our activities on the refugee and immigrant communities from Somali & Ethiopia within our reach.
Forced migration, especially in situations of war and violence, has substantial impact on the health and the general welfare of refugees. Women may be at particularly high risk for vulnerability due to the subordinate role of women in many cultures. Power imbalances are prevalent with respect to reproductive rights and sexual relations.
In addition, refugees often represent one of the weakest and most vulnerable members of a society and more often than not, can't decide upon the context and circumstances of their lives.
Today, there is an estimated 40,000 to 100,000 refugees in the city of Nairobi alone. Yet despite this significant presence, international aid agencies have only recently begun to address the needs of urban refugees. The often-cited 'invisibility factor' may have made it easier to ignore them.
Like self-settled refugees elsewhere, those in Nairobi are living and working among the host community. They are geographically dispersed across the area, and many are mobile, moving between the city, the camps and even their country of origin. They may also take on different identities depending on the context, and this makes it harder to see them.
In the city, the poorest refugees are more marginalized, vulnerable and at risk than their poor Kenyan neighbors. Many are double migrants: first, they leave countries in conflict, and second, they leave or avoid the camps.
In Nairobi, they may be escaping forced marriages or clan conflicts that cross the border, as well as the hot and arid climate coupled with lack of economic opportunities in the camps. Their vulnerability is aggravated by their lack of legal status.
They do not have the same rights as refugees in the camps, such as to documentation, movement, food, healthcare or protection. While they nominally have the same access as Kenyans to public schools and hospitals in Nairobi, they do not have a political voice.As a result, they are not able to transform their nominal rights into real, exercised rights.
How more this suffering is for women and children who are intrinsically more vulnerable to swallow the most bitter pill?
Safe Womanhood and Safeway Medical Clinic was therefore incepted to provide a helping had and ensure that these women and their children have their plight addressed principally in terms of medical and social concerns.