Kenya: JRS opens new outreach centre in Nairobi
04 February 2009

JRS now distributed food to refugees in Nairobi through five parishes. (Peter Balleis SJ/JRS)
Within the compound, the parish runs a health centre to which JRS will refer refugees for basic medical care.
Nairobi, 4 February 2009 — The JRS Urban Emergency Programme (UEP) opened a new outreach centre for food distribution to urban refugees at Divine Word Parish in Nairobi.

In October and November 2008, JRS UEP experienced an influx of Congolese new arrivals. By the end of November, 30 families had been received at St. Theresas church in Eastleigh. The influx made the reopening of a centre at Divine Word Kayole parish necessary, given that most of the new arrivals reside near this parish. JRS served refugees in that parish before from January 2003 to June 2004 but the centre was closed after the number of new arrivals decreased.


From November 2008, JRS UEP started meeting with the parish priest of Divine Word Kayole who identified a social worker and also provided the space to store food and non food items. 

Parish running health centre

The new outreach centre started operating on 4 February with 27 families which were transferred from St. Theresa, Eastleigh. This brings the number of outreach centres in Nairobi up to 5. The number of families to be assisted is expected to increase given that on 4 February more than 15 new arrivals approached the parish for assistance after learning about the new development from other refugees.


Within the compound, the parish runs a health centre to which JRS will refer refugees for basic medical care. This is very convenient for refugees given that they do not need to travel far to seek medical assistance.

The JRS Urban Emergency Programme (UEP) in Nairobi assists new arrivals and asylum seekers through a network of parishes within the archdiocese of Nairobi. The programme provides food, non food items and medical care on a weekly basis.







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