Community Support Initiative for Refugees (CoSIR) is a registered non-profit serving LGBTQI refugees who live in Nairobi. CoSIR was founded following UNHCR’s notice to cease financial assistance to LGBTQI refugees in Nairobi in December 2016. This left urgent gaps in care for an especially vulnerable population.
CoSIR envisions a safe and stigma-free community for all refugees to thrive.
To serve and enhance the quality of life for all LGBTQI refugees through sex education, health care awareness, economic empowerment, and positive social change.
To secure emergency shelter and communal safe housing facilities to accommodate and provide basic support for vulnerable LGBTQI refugees/asylum seekers who are victims or at risk of gender-based violence.
To provide health and general peer education to refugees on how to live healthy lives. We share accurate, reliable information about HIV/AIDs, STIs, general sexual health, gender-based violence, and mental health. We also provide counselling and treatment as specific situations arise.
To facilitate LGBTQI refugees’ economic empowerment, we provide financial literacy training, hands-on skills, job placements, table banking, loaning schemes, and other safe income-generating activities. These activities help refugees achieve self-sufficiency.
To advocate for LGBTQI refugees and asylum-seekers. We ensure that their voices are included, and their human rights respected, in communities where their struggles intersect. We also offer paralegal and prison support for all affected by discrimination.
Transparency and Accountability
To be open and take responsibility for our group’s affairs. We aim to make it easy for all stakeholders to understand our processes and activities.
Honesty and Integrity
To deliver all services fairly and conduct all activities with the highest professional standards.
To create a climate of trust and respect that empowers the staff to reach their full potential by encouraging excellence, innovation, and shared ideas.
To offer equal opportunities for all, within and outside the organization.
Innovation and Creativity
To cope with constant change by fostering a creative, innovative culture among staff and the local community.
Quality Service Delivery
To provide high-quality, sustainable services that are timely and affordable.
Commitment to Duty
To display commitment in whatever we do.
To show steady effort and concern for the community.
Areas of Intervention and Priority Programs
Shelter and Safe Housing
Safe and Sustainable Livelihoods
Women Empowerment and Gender Equality
Advocacy, Awareness, and Sensitization