Mastercard Foundation partners with HI to help refugees in Kenya
Covid-19 has hit the world, but its impact has been felt most acutely by those in vulnerable situations. Kenya has not escaped the pandemic and its refugee populations in the Dadaap and Kakuma camps have had to show resilience to overcome the new challenges that have emerged.
Kassim Mohammed, 14, is a Somali refugee living in Dagahaley camp in Daadab, Kenya. | © Humanity & Inclusion
Back to school despite the pandemic
Through the Mastercard Foundation's Covid-19 Recovery and Resilience Program, Humanity & Inclusion was able to significantly expand access to online learning and training for refugees and host communities to enable children and youth to continue their education during school closures, and build digital learning capacity to support better learning and teaching once schools reopen.
This project has a strong focus on children with disabilities and the development of specific interventions that address their unique learning needs.
Finding a job in difficult conditions
The crisis has led to the temporary or permanent closure of most micro, small and medium-sized businesses, resulting in massive job losses. With the support of the Mastercard Foundation, Humanity & Inclusion was also able to put in place measures to help business owners, especially those living with disabilities, adapt their business practices to the market disruption resulting from the pandemic.
Mastercard Foundation COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Program
The Mastercard Foundation COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Program has two main goals. First, to deliver emergency support for health workers, first responders, and students. Second, to strengthen the diverse institutions that are the first line of defense against the social and economic aftermath of this disease. These include universities, financial service providers, businesses, technology start-ups, incubators, government agencies, youth organizations, and nongovernmental organizations.
For more on the Mastercard Foundation COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Program, please visit their website.