RET has directly supported 35,928 Somali and host community youth through 12 projects.
The primary areas of intervention: Education, Basic infrastructure,
Economic growth and development (Self-reliance and livelihoods),
Peace, stability & transition.
Conflicts in Kenya’s neighboring countries, like Somalia, have led displaced populations to find protection in Kenya’s refugee camps and urban areas. In both settings young refugees lack the opportunities to further their education or find employment. This leaves young people with few skills to defend themselves and puts them at risk of involvement in criminal activities, armed groups, and terrorist groups or to fall victim to sexual and drug abuse.
Since 2012, RET has intervened in the Dadaab refugee camps, as well as some urban settings, to provide empowerment, livelihood skills and formal education to the most vulnerable displaced youth.
From 2014 on, RET has focused on the Dadaab camps, which according to the UNHCR had a population of 234,346 registered refugees and asylum seekers in 2018. In addition to providing youth with the skills they need to confront the risks of their environment, RET also builds the capacities of returnees heading to Somalia voluntarily. More recently, RET has been providing digital vocational programs to vulnerable youth.