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