The Nubian Rights Forum, a human rights organization advocating for the rights of the Nubian ethnic minority in Kenya, has been officially registered as an NGO. This landmark achievement comes after years of hard work and dedication by the NRF team and its partners in promoting social transformation and empowerment of the Nubian community.
Founded in 1997 as a human rights movement, NRF has since grown to become a fully-fledged NGO with a full mandate to agitate for the community’s rights countrywide. The group operates from Kibra, Nairobi, but has a wide network in Nubian settlements across the country, enabling it to effectively reach out to the marginalized minority and promote their interests.
The NRF’s focus has been on promoting social transformation and empowerment of the Nubian ethnic minority. Its institutionalization of the planning process and shift in orientation from civic education to paralegal work has been key to its success. The organization assists the community in acquiring identity documents such as birth certificates, national identification cards, and passports, which are vital tools in fighting for other rights such as education, land rights, seeking loans, and employment opportunities.
NRF’s Identity Documentation Program has been instrumental in empowering the Nubian ethnic minority by providing them with much-needed assistance in acquiring identity documents. This program, in partnership with the Kenyan Department of Civil Registration, has conducted three successful mobile birth registration campaigns in Kibra, Nairobi, with the support of UNHCR, Namati, and the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI).
The NRF has several objectives, including promoting education, encouraging the community to protect the environment, assisting in community development, advocating against injustices, helping the youth, establishing programs that facilitate drug abuse and HIV/AIDS containment, and sensitizing the community on matters arising.
The organization’s vision is to create a society that recognizes the minority’s rights and accords them equal opportunities, while its mission is to empower the marginalized Nubian ethnic minority to effectively access justice. NRF believes that by working with partners and the government, it can create a better world for the Nubian community.
NRF’s focus on public interest and litigation has been critical to its success in advocating for the rights of the Nubian ethnic minority. The organization’s radio show is a crucial tool for civic education and empowerment, enabling the community to be aware of their rights and responsibilities.
NRF’s official registration as an NGO is a significant milestone for the Nubian community in Kenya. The organization’s focus on empowering the community and advocating for their rights is commendable, and we urge the government and other stakeholders to support their noble cause. NRF has demonstrated that with dedication, hard work, and resilience, anything is possible.
Congratulations to NRF on this great achievement!