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We are supporting the physical and psychological needs of the 160,000 refugees living in Kakuma Camp through intensive and continuous trauma training, infrastructure support, and relief distributions.

In 2011, the horn of Africa suffered from the worst drought in 60 years. Dubbed the "world’s worst food crisis" by the UN, hundreds of thousands died, and more than 12 million were at risk. IsraAID responded to the call for help by distributing food and emergency relief items to tens of thousands of refugees and locals fleeing famine and violence. 

Today, IsraAID’s programs in Kenya are based Kakuma and Kalobeyei, in Turkana County, focused on strengthening community-based and institutional capacities to support refugees and the local host population in the sectors of Protection, Health, and Menstrual Hygiene Management. 


Statistics

Population
42,749,400
Life Expectancy
57 years
Poverty Rate
45.9%
Kenya Refugee Population
979,070
Kakuma Camp Population
190,000 (100,000 Capacity)
Kakuma Access to Toilets
50%
Turkana District Population
855,399
Turkana Poverty Rate
94.3%
Literacy Rate
18.1%

IsraAID and Kenya

Dating back to 2007, and the Somali exodus to Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya (today the largest refugee camp in the world), we have been sending emergency relief teams to support those fleeing violence and famine. Our missions were intensified in 2011 when tIsraAID’s first response in Kenya was in 2007 with distributions in Dadaab refugee camp. IsraAID returned and has had a steady presence in Kenya since 2013. In the past, IsraAID led a Water Management Technologies training program, as well as Psychosocial Support and art therapy training programs for teachers and community members.

Today, IsraAID works predominantly in Kakuma Refugee Camp and neighboring Kalobeyei, in Turkana County. IsraAID currently implements programs in Child Protection, Menstrual Hygiene Management, and Health, with and for both refugees and the host population, while focusing primarily on protection through strengthening the capacities of local actors. The Horn of Africa was hit by the worst drought in 60 years, and assistance was offered to both refugees and the famine struck residents of Kenya's poorest district of Turkana.

Our Projects

  • Child ProtectionChild Protection

    Strengthening community-based and institutional support mechanisms for children in Kakuma and Kalobeyei

  • HealthHealth

    Supporting local service providers in the Kakuma hospitals and clinics, which serve refugee and host communities in the area.

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Child Protection

Strengthening community-based and institutional support mechanisms for children in Kakuma and Kalobeyei

IsraAID provides training in child protection to the refugee and host community members in Kakuma and Kalobeyei. Community volunteers trained by IsraAID run two Child Resource Centers, one in Kakuma and one in Kalobeyei, in partnership with JISP and JPF. In these Resource Centers, the community volunteers provide psychosocial first aid (PFA), refer children at risk at relevant service providers, and facilitate various recreational activities, including: arts and craft, drama, martial arts, football, song, and dance (with an emphasis on expressive arts as a therapeutic tool).

IsraAID also provides training to service providers, such as teachers, government employees, and employees of other NGOs. Additionally, IsraAID engages in activities with parents, to promote child protection. As part of our child protection work, we also engage children and parents in basic hygiene promotion, which is integral to child protection, as well as menstrual hygiene management training.

Photos by Lior Sperandeo

Goals

  • Provide a safe space for children in Kakuma and Kalobeyei
  • Support the psychosocial needs of children in Kakuma and Kalobeyei
  • Build child protection capacity in Kakuma and Kalobeyei

Achievements

  • In a period of two years between 2016 and 2018, IsraAID established two child resource centers in Kakuma and Kalobeyei, which are completely run by community volunteers.
  • The community volunteers in Kakuma and Kalobeyei developed various recreational activities, including a weekly karate class, an art club, and a football team.
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Health

Supporting local service providers in the Kakuma hospitals and clinics, which serve refugee and host communities in the area.

Residents of Kakuma Refugee Camp and the host community in Turkana county experience a constant struggle for access to care and resources. IsraAID supports the Kakuma medical teams by providing equipment and specialists for consultation and training.

Goals

  • Build capacity of local medical actors 
  • Ensure specialist care reaches residents of Kakuma

Achievements

  • In January 2018, IsraAID delivered essential medical equipment to the Kakuma General Hospital, donated by Cadena and the Mexico City Museum of Tolerance.
  • In the beginning of 2018, IsraAID delivered 11 tons of therapeutic food supplements, donated by Global Giving, Cadena, and the Mexico City Museum of Tolerance. This is to support the Kakuma nutrition program, benefiting under-five children who are malnourished.
  • In May 2018, IsraAID provided training to 60 service providers in pediatric and emergency care.
  • In May 2018, IsraAID launched its first joint Israeli-American specialist medical mission to Kakuma, hosting a delegation of US pediatricians
  • In July 2018, IsraAID launched its mobile dental clinic in Kakuma, in partnership with Henry Schein inc. and staffed by US-based dentists from Bloom Dental Group