,The UN refugee agency said Friday that Healthy U health food chain has joined the agency’s LuQuLuQu Tribe campaign that addresses forced displacement in Africa.
Raouf Mazou, UNHCR Representative in Kenya, said Healthy U is demonstrating its commitment to help provide life-saving support to refugee families in sub-Saharan Africa with an initial donation of 25,000 U.S. dollars.
“This is a welcomed partnership from Kenya’s private sector. We are most pleased that Healthy U has taken the initiative to support UNHCR’s operations that provide life-saving services, such as shelter and health care, for families compelled to flee from their homes,” Mazou said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
According to UNHCR, Africa currently hosts a third of the world’s displaced, a situation it said is compounded by budgetary needs of over 2 billion dollars.
Mazou said the partnership strives to raise funds, garner support and re-shape the common misconception of the African refugee by inviting individuals to take ownership of the refugee cause in Africa, in accordance with the African philosophy of “Ujamaa” — collective caring, sharing and looking after one another.
According to UNHCR, Healthy U which has a presence in Kenya, and Uganda – a country that currently hosts about 1.4 million refugees – has responded to the call for active participation from businesses in Africa to help provide basic needs to refugees and their host communities in the region.
The UNHCR says forced displacement in Africa has reached a critical stage with sub-Saharan Africa currently hosting more than 30 percent of the 65.6 million people in the world who have had to flee their homes and find safety in neighboring countries.
“In the face of increased forced displacement we are joining UNHCR’s LuQuLuQu tribe, bearing in mind our responsibility of collective caring, embedded in African culture,” said Avni Rach, Managing Director of Healthy U.
“Our goal is to raise awareness of the importance of looking after our kin and kind within the refugee community as part of the wider social fabric of our own communities, and families. Healthy U believes health and wellness includes caring for one another,” Rach added.
UNHCR said it’s struggling to keep pace with the growing needs in these humanitarian emergencies and welcomes the support of the private sector, in not only raising funds but also in helping raise the region’s collective consciousness in addressing forced displacement. Enditem