The 2017 Refugee Campaign


There are over 65 million displaced people worldwide, the most since World War II. 21 million people have left their home countries and are now international refugees. Most refugees are women and children; half are under 18. More than half live in urban areas to avoid the desperate conditions of refugee camps. Although the crisis is great in the Middle East, millions of sub-Saharan Africans have been displaced through civil war, conflict and terrorism over the past two decades. Many have been in refugee camps for over 10 years.


RefugePoint provides permanent solutions for some of the world’s most vulnerable refugees. They operate throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and emphasize helping women, children, and urban refugees. Their approach is to identify and protect refugees that have fallen through the cracks of other humanitarian assistance programs. They do this through two flagship programs:

  • Refugee Resettlement Program : Through this program Refuge Point helps permanently relocate refugees to countries that have active formal programs for resettling refugees. Though it is the responsibility of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (“UNHCR”) to manage the resettlement process on behalf of all refugees, the UNHCR is overwhelmed by the magnitude of the need and under-resourced. Refuge Point provides staff to augment the limited capacity of UNHCR resettlement offices across Africa, taking on case management for the most at-risk refugee applicants whom they believe still have a chance of being accepted by receiving countries.
  • Nairobi Urban Refugee Protection Program : The vast majority of the 21 million refugees worldwide are living in urban settings in foreign countries where they struggle to survive and adapt. Through this program, Refuge Point provides lifesaving interventions, such as shelter, health care, and business training directly to the most vulnerable urban refugees in Nairobi. Although a refugee’s status is intended to be transitional or temporary, the reality is that most refugees remain so for an average of 20 years, and frequently the condition is permanent. Refuge Point recognizes this unfortunate reality and works to help refugees integrate locally, live safely and with dignity, and learn income producing skills to put them on a path to self-reliance and sustainability.


RefugePoint and Focusing Philanthropy are partnering to raise at least $300,000 to enable RefugePoint to expand its programs and serve more refugees at this time of acute need. In support of these goals, Focusing Philanthropy will add $1 for every $2 contributed by RefugePoint donors in support of the 2017 Refugee Campaign between June 15 and September 12, 2017. Funds raised will support RefugePoint’s core programs. The goals of these programs are to:

  • Facilitate the resettlement of the most at-risk refugees. Since 2005, RefugePoint has referred over 38,000 refugees for resettlement to safe countries, at an average philanthropic cost of only $500 per person.
  • Provide a path to self-sufficiency for urban refugees who have left their homes throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and are in Kenya. RefugePoints Urban Refugee Protection Program provides life-saving interventions to the most vulnerable urban refugees in Nairobi, Kenya. After identifying eligible clients, RefugePoint provides a range of services, including rent and food assistance, medical services, educational support, and counseling. RefugePoint also connects refugees to other available health services, provides small business training, and helps refugees develop a plan towards self-reliance. RefugePoint provides assistance to over 10,000 refugees living in Nairobi per year.

To qualify for the match, all contributions must be directed to Focusing Philanthropy. Donations are fully tax deductible to U.S. taxpayers and 100% of the funds donated will go to the 2017 Refugee Campaign. All Focusing Philanthropy costs will be covered by its founders. Donation amounts must be at least $500 to be eligible for the challenge match.