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Weʼre raising £20,000 to Support LGBTQIA+ people in Kakuma Refugee Camp QUEER INITIATIVE KAKUMA

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My name is Isaac Smith, a proud top gay man living in kakuma refugee camp. Kakuma refugee camp has more than 1000 queer assylum seekers and refugees of which 99% of us fled away from uganda and the 1% from congo, Burundi, Rwanda and somalia in fear of persecution, torture and discrimination of all sorts. I pass on this message seeking for support and advocacy creating awareness of what i and my fellow LGBTQIA+ asylum seekers and refugees under the umbrella of QUEER INNITIATIVE KAKUMA are currently facing and going through.

Supporting LGBTQIA+ Refugees in Kakuma Camp: Restoring Hope, Dignity, and Equality

Welcome to our fundraising campaign, where we seek your support in making a tangible difference in the lives of LGBTQIA+ individuals living in the Kakuma Refugee Camp located in the northwest Turkana region of Kenya, this camp presents a challenging environment characterized by a hostile community, scarcity of water, and extreme climatic conditions. As LGBTQIA+ persons, we face relentless savage attacks, discrimination, violence, persecution, abductions and torture from both host community and fellow refugees due to their hateful and homophobic beliefs. We are reaching out to compassionate individuals like you to help us overcome the immense hardships we endure and restore hope, dignity, and equality in our lives.

THE CHALLENGES WE FACE :

1. Violence and Discrimination: Living in a hostile environment, we confront daily threats to our safety and well-being solely because of our sexual orientation, identities and expression. Homophobic refugees and host community subject us to physical, emotional, and psychological violence, perpetuating a cycle of discrimination that exacerbates our suffering.

2. Unemployment and Economic Disadvantage: Discrimination extends to the job market and refugee centers, severely limiting employment opportunities for LGBTQIA+ individuals. The resulting unemployment further compounds our vulnerability and restricts access to essential resources and services.

3. Limited Access to Basic Necessities: The camp's harsh conditions pose additional challenges as we struggle with insufficient food, clothing, clean water, and vital nutrition. Basic necessities such as cooking essentials, toothpaste, and pads for lesbians are luxuries we often lack, leaving us in a perpetual state of hardship.

4. Health and Safety Risks: The semi-arid climate of Kakuma Camp is host to sharp thornes and poisonous creatures, including scorpions, endangering our lives on a daily basis. Access to proper medical care is limited, exposing us to various health risks and making it difficult to address both physical and mental health concerns.

Our call from you our fellow LGBTQIA+ people and well wishers

We are reaching out to you, kind-hearted individuals and organizations who recognize that love knows no boundaries. By contributing to our fundraising efforts, you can help alleviate the suffering of LGBTQIA+ individuals in Kakuma Camp and restore hope in our lives. Your support, no matter how small, will have a meaningful impact on our vulnerable community. Together, we can effect positive change and foster an environment of acceptance, understanding, and equality.

How Your Donation Will Make a Difference:

1. Safety and Security: Your donations will enable us to establish safe spaces within the camp, where LGBTQIA+ individuals can find solace, support, and protection from violence and discrimination. We will work towards fostering an environment that values diversity and promotes acceptance.

2. Empowerment and Education: By investing in educational programs and vocational training, we can empower LGBTQIA+ individuals with the skills and knowledge needed to secure employment and become self-sufficient. This will enable us to break the cycle of poverty and dependency.

3. Access to Basic Necessities: Your generous contributions will help us provide essential resources such as food, clothing, clean water, cooking essentials, toiletries, and other daily necessities that are currently lacking in our lives. Together, we can ensure that no LGBTQIA+ person in Kakuma Camp goes without these vital provisions.

4. Healthcare

With your support, we aim to provide accessible healthcare facilities to our fellow LGBTQIA+ asylum seekers who get left outside the line of receiving proper medical care due to the discrimination and persecution that extends up to the all refugee medical centers

Conclusion:

As members of the LGBTQIA+ community, we are forced to endure unimaginable hardships and discrimination in Kakuma Refugee Camp. Your support can make a difference by providing hope, dignity, and equality to LGBTQIA+ individuals who are suffering in silence. We seek for all your support , please share this information as you help us create a voice of awareness.

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  • Jessica  Dolliver6 months ago
    Jessica  Dolliver

    Jessica Dolliver

    6 months ago

    Thank you so much to all our supporters! Because of your generosity we managed to raise all the money needed for the Christmas party in Kakuma refugee camp! Isaac in the camp is having a surgery on his chest in February which he has to travel for. So until then, we will be fundraising towards that procedure! Please message us with any questions or if you would like to be involved in our campaign :) Jessie

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    Jun 25, 2024

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