The Solidarity of Refugee Women for the social Welfare (SOFERES) is a self-led organization of grassroots women and girls from diverse backgrounds including women and girls living with disabilities, widows, women living with HIV, sex workers and women with no income. It was founded in 2013 by a group of refugee women and girls living in Dzaleka Camp, survivors of various civil wars in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda and Somalia who have experienced different forms of gender-based violence, exploitation and abuse in their families and communities. As refugee ourselves, we created SOFERES as a solution to the challenges women and girl face in the camp. We start a positive cycle in which refugee women and girls are considered not as simple recipients of services and support, but as actors of change for themselves and their communities.
Women's Economic Empowerment
Girls' Education and Empowerment
Sexual Reproductive Health & Rights
GBV Prevention and Response
Ending child marriage & child pregnancy
HIV and AIDs Prevention
We Are Changing Lives!
Since 2013, SOFERES has been helping refugee women and girls survivors of war rebuild their lives and choose their own futures – so far, we have impacted the lives of more than 20,000 vulnerable and disadvantaged women, girls and their family members through our different programs.
WHY YOUR SUPPORT IS NEEDED?
As the global COVID-19 pandemic escalates and we all stand together in solidarity, please support women and girls in Dzaleka Refugee Camp who are enduring unthinkable challenges as they face this crisis.
“Your gift today will help ensure we can continue to serve our sisters, their families and communities”