Refugee camps in Kakuma District have long provided a haven for those fleeing violence and persecution in Sudan. Following a significant decrease in camp population between 2006-2008 due to Sudanese repatriation, the Kakuma camp population increased 22% in 2010 due to population influxes from Somalia, the Great Lakes Region and Sudan. In addition, refugees are being relocated to Kakuma from the overcrowded Dadaab camps. Ongoing support is necessary to address the provision of humanitarian and psychosocial support to new arrivals, meet the protection and development needs of vulnerable children and provide preschool and special needs education.
Since 1998, Lutheran World Relief and Lutheran World Federation Department for World Service (LWF/DWS) have worked together in Kakuma with support from the US Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM).
LWF has implemented activities in Kakuma since 1994 and is the lead partner of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) response – charged with care, maintenance and overall protection of refugees.
LWR, through this project, provides complementary support to the UNHCR-led care efforts which focus on food and non-food item distribution, primary and secondary education, gender equity and human rights promotion, water supply and warehouse management. In addition, LWR provides financial and program management assistance and support.
Provide prompt basic humanitarian services and psychosocial support for 13,000 newly arriving asylum seekers at the reception center. New arrivals are assessed for psycho-social vulnerability and referred for follow-up services. They also receive food rations according to international standards until they are included in UNHCR food distribution lists.
Support protection and development needs of at least 5,700 vulnerable children in Kakuma Refugee Camp. Unaccompanied and separated children are assessed and their best interests determined before they are placed with foster families. In addition, child abuse cases are reported and addressed.
Provide pre-primary and special needs education to at least 3,200 refugee children. Preschool children receive supplemental feeding. Special needs education and school readiness programs are also provided.