As a result of neighbouring conflicts and severe regional droughts, the small country of Djibouti hosts over 25,000 refugees and asylum seekers mainly from Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea. Some refugees arrived over 20 years ago, while others have arrived more recently including 4,000 Yemeni refugees following the crisis in Yemen. Most of the refugees and asylum seekers live in three refugee camps – Ali Addeh, Holl Holl and Markazi.

The Step Up Education Summer Camp and Step Up Clubs run in the Ali Addeh refugee camp where there are 15,000 refugees. Children and youth participate in the programme to gain knowledge and skills during the holidays and to learn subjects and livelihood skills that they are not able to cover in school.