The Refugee Coalition of East Africa

 RefCEA is an umbrella organization uniting LGBTQI refugees across East Africa charged with a mission of advocacy, strategy, fundraising, and research.

Introducing the Refugee Coalition

Member Organizations

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About Our Members

NATURE NETWORK

Nature Network is a group of Ugandan LGBTQI asylum seekers who combined their talents to exploit them to the public, providing updated information to members through a platform that is easily accessible.

Location : Nairobi, Matasia

Initiatives : Safe Housing, Psychosocial Support, Advocacy, Media, Livelihoods, HIV Health Support

REFUGEE FLAG KENYA

LGBTQI organisation based in Uganda aiming at solidarity and Human Rights. We are the anchor of hope to our fellow LGBTQI refugees and asylum seekers in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya.

Location : Kakuma Refugee Camp and Nairobi

Initiatives : Economic Empowerment, Nutritional Support, HIV Health Support

FOUNDATION FOR LBQ WOMEN REFUGEES

Foundation for Lesbian Bisexual and Queer Refugees (FLBQR) is a non-profit organization for lesbian, bisexual, and queer women refugees in Kenya.

Location : Nairobi and its suburbs

Initiatives :  Improving Self Reliance, Health Advocacy, Skills Development

REFUGEE TRANS INITIATIVE

Refugee Trans Initiative is a non governmental and non-profit organization that aims at creating freedom and advocacy for trans refugees and o ensure refugee trans voices are heard

Location : Nairobi

Initiatives : Support, Training, Advocacy

URBAN LEGACY AFRICA

Urban legacy Africa is non governmental organization aim at empowering LGBTQI communities in Kenya and Africa at large.

Location : Nairobi, Nalepo

Initiatives : Safe Housing, Advocacy, MDD

COSIR

Community Support Initiative for Refugees (COSIR) is a not-for-profit group based and operating in Nairobi, Kenya. An educational and advocacy group for refugees committed to providing sustainable economic empowerment activities. COSIR focuses mostly on the refugees who fled their home countries due to fear of persecution and fleeing for their lives due to their sexual orientation and have failed to sustain themselves economically due to their status in the host communities.

Location : Nairobi, Kasarani

Initiatives: Livelihoods, Emergency Shelter, Advocacy

The Secretariat

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Executive Director

Craig Paris


Deputy Director

Bulyaba Dhalie


Finance Director

Hudson Frederick


Deputy Finance Director

Hussein Vanilla 


Secretary

Kennedy Isoke Baguma


Deputy Secretary

Dewey Ronald Mutebi  


Communications Advisor

Keneth Tumukwasibwe


Communications Officer

Drake London 


Assistant Communications Officer

Kabonge Danniel 


Field Officer

Raymond Nature 

Advisory Board / Other

THE ADVISORY BOARD

Michael B. Clark (co-founder)

Michael B. Clark is pursuing his Masters of Public Health at New York University, with a focus on Social and Behavioral Sciences. His primary interest is how stigma impacts the health and HIV vulnerability of marginalized populations, with much of his research being with sexual minority refugees and migrants in East Africa, including helping to co-found RefCEA.

Kelly Imathiu

Kelly is a queer identifying gender non-conforming (GNC) activist who has worked in international spaces including the U.S and the U.K., specifically on sexual health and HIV for black ethnic minority groups and LGBT+ communities. He worked with HIAS as a Protection Officer and is now working on diversity programmes with the Hivos Foundation.

Kakande Cameron

Kakande Cameron is a Ugandan sex work and LGBTI activist. He is the co-founder and Executive Director of Men of The Night Uganda, the first and only male sex worker led organization. He is also an HIV activist who has empowered his community in treatment optimization.