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 25 permanent members of staff from 7 different nationalities. By paying school fees and through other support we are enabling 450 refugee children to go to school: 300 early childhood development, primary and secondary school students in Kenya, 140 students in Uganda and 10 secondary school students in Congo. We run English and extra-curricular camps for all of these children 2 times per year.
We have a resource hub in Kampala with 12 computers, and a new hub in Nairobi with 40 computers. These acts as a base for our media platform which receives 200 SMS messages a month sent for free by refugees. We also publish a newsletter written by refugees which has a circulation of 5000 in each city.
We run a fabric business that employs 2 refugees and makes £450 per month for Xavier Project. We have opened a livelihoods programme which through business services aims to give 100 refugees access to employment within 4 years.
In 2013 Xavier Project’s consolidated income was £103,000 of which only 70% was unrestricted funding. Since 2008 our income has increased by at least 50% every year and we intend this to continue!