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On June 20, 2022, World Refugee Day was commemorated across Africa with our LuQuLuQu Champions representing our tribe in full force!
This year’s theme for World Refugee Day was: Whoever, Wherever, Whenever. Everyone has the right to seek safety. Every person on this planet has a right to seek safety – whoever they are, wherever they come from, and whenever they are forced to flee.
From Nigeria to Kenya to South Africa to Ghana and across digital platforms, our Goodwill Ambassadors, High-Profile Supporters, and LuQuLuQu Champions helped us celebrate World Refugee Day.
In South Africa, Ayanda Makayi, UNHCR High Profile Supporter and LuQuLuQu Champion, spoke at the Judo for Peace event organized in collaboration with UNHCR and inspired young trainers to work towards improving themselves and their communities.
Leanne Manas, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, and LuQuLuQu Champion talked to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, about the latest displacement situation on the SABC morning live show alongside Sandra Zaca, a former refugee from DR Congo living in South Africa, who shared her experience as a refugee. Leanne also joined a panel discussion to discuss access to asylum as a gateway to safety and refugee rights at the Centre for Human Rights - University of Pretoria.
In West Africa, Giovani Caleb, UNHCR High Profile Supporter, and LuQuLuQu Champion celebrated with refugees at Ampain refugee camp in Ghana, while Abrantie the Gentlemen and Adjetey Anang UNHCR High Profile Supporter, and LuQuLuQu Champions met with our valued donors at Accra Mall. In Kenya, we hosted an inaugural World Refugee Day Charity Golf Tournament at the Muthaiga Golf Club to raise awareness about the plight of the over 480,000 refugees currently hosted in Kenya and mobilize support for initiatives that benefit them and their host communities. The event featured our very own, Mercy Masika, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, and LuQuLuQu Champion!
Thanks to Kenya’s private sector community, including corporate team sponsors and individual teams, who participated in the tournament, we raised KES 3.7 million to support access to education and livelihood programmes for refugees and host communities in Kenya. Thank you all for coming out to #DoItLuQuLuQu and stand #WithRefugees!
We are excited to share the World Refugee Day Charity Golf Tournament Special Edition Magazine, which highlights the experience at the Charity Golf Tournament, our amazing sponsors, supporters, and participants who participated in the tournament. You can read it here.
LuQuLuQu – Changing the narrative of refugees!
The LuQuLuQu movement is a campaign initiated
by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, to help raise awareness and support for forced displacement
across Africa. At the end of 2021, people forced to flee in Sub-Saharan Africa rose to 38 million.
Behind this alarming number are stories of courage, hope, perseverance, and resilience of incredible
women, men, children, and the elderly who were confronted with the decision to leave everything
they know and own behind to find safety.
As forced displacement accelerates at an alarming rate worldwide, the LuQuLuQu movement’s
purpose is more relevant now than ever before. The LuQuLuQu movement is a collective response to
this record of forced displacement. The campaign calls on all of us to invest in the lives of families
forced to flee. It underscores the fact that we are as vulnerable as the most vulnerable in our midst –a vital tenet of the LuQuLuQu philosophy - “I am because you are.”
LuQuLuQu embraces the ubuntu philosophy of togetherness, interdependency, and oneness. This is
the core of our movement – from the events, appeals, and campaigns supported by people like you;
to the partnerships with socially conscious businesses, foundations, and philanthropists; to the
initiatives spearheaded by our celebrity supporters, High-Level Influencers, High Profile Supporters,
and Goodwill Ambassadors.
When you become part of the LuQuLuQu movement, you help change the narrative of our forcibly
displaced African brothers and sisters. Together we can invest in their futures and help restart their
lives to build a better, safer Africa. Together, we #DoItLuQuLuQu!