We believe that everyone has the right to equal opportunities and protection wherever they live and whatever their background.
Globally this right is denied to refugees and we use education to change this.
Education provides protection and is the best possible tool to help refugees to access equal opportunities. At Xavier Project we use pioneering education as the means to achieve our vision supported by our core value of solidarity.
Xavier Project has two departments each with their own strategic objectives. The Education Department aims to increase access to relevant and good formal education delivered in a safe environment for refugee children. The ‘Tamuka’ Department aims to make vocational and life-long learning available to all refugees even in emergency situations, primarily through the use of ICT.
Education provides protection and is the best possible tool to help refugees to access equal opportunities. The Education Department of Xavier Project aims to increase access to relevant and good formal education delivered in a safe environment for refugee children.
We increase access to education for refugee children in our Education department by sponsoring 450 children through school, providing extra-curricular courses and camps, visiting schools with mobile libraries and teacher training programmes, running activities to promote the education of refugee girls, and providing refugees with ways of enhancing their learning from home and outside of school through libraries and mobile phone learning opportunities.
The ‘Tamuka’ Department aims to make vocational and life-long learning available to all refugees even in emergency situations, primarily through the use of ICT.
Through the Tamuka Department we have opened learning hubs with computers, satellite TV and printed media where refugees can enjoy learning for free via all sorts of media. We run ICT courses, talks and social events in these hubs and monthly newsletter is written by refugees for refugees and distributed from these hubs and all over Kampala and Nairobi. Learning material from our courses and newsletters are promoted through www.tamuka.org.
Xavier Project was founded in 2008. We have 2 headquarters spread across 2 countries. We have 32 permanent members of staff from 9 different nationalities.
By paying school fees and through other support we are enabling 996 refugee children to go to school. In Kenya that is 65 in early childhood development, 592 primary school students and 159 secondary school students. In Uganda that is 154 primary school students and 26 secondary school students.
We run English and extra-curricular camps for all of these children 2 times per year. We are building the capacity of 80 primary schools in Nairobi while training over 2000 national teachers in refugee issues. 200 refugee children attend our library each month.
We have 2 resource hubs in Kampala with 12 computers, and 3 hubs in Nairobi with 42 computers. We have taught various courses in these hubs and now have over 1800 graduates of Tamuka courses. 58% of users said that the hubs and their services have a positive impact on their lives and livelihoods. A further 15% managed to gain full time employment as a result of the skills learnt on the courses taught at the hubs despite the legal barriers to employment faced by refugees. We also publish a newsletter written by refugees which is read by 17,000 refugees across 2 cities. 92% of Tamuka newsletter readers considered it a useful source of information.
In 2015 Xavier Project’s consolidated income was £350,000 of which 38% was unrestricted funding. Since 2008 our income has increased by at least 50% every year and we intend that this should continue!