Assistance by the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security project “Lokichokio, Kakuma and Dadaab Host Community Project”

July 20, 2007

  1. On the 20th of June (Friday), the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend assistance totalling 2,073,200.48US dollars (approximately 240.49 million yen), through the Trust Fund for Human Security to a project entitled “Lokichokio, Kakuma and Dadaab Host Community Project” that will be implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the Republic of Kenya.
     
  2. Since the early 1990s, civil unrest in Somalia, Ethiopia and Southern Sudan has caused large influxes of refugees into Kenya, including a recent influx of refugees from Somalia with a total of 32,000. The host communities in the North Western Province (Lokichokio and Kakuma) and the North Eastern Province (Dadaab) have been burdened with the influx of refugees as well as chronic problems such as widespread poverty, harsh climate conditions, proliferation of small arms and limited access to education. Furthermore, a perceived disparity in living standards has raised tension between the refugees and host communities. This project aims at reducing the tension and improving the living conditions of vulnerable people in the communities of Lokichokio, Kakuma and Dadaab. The following activities will be implemented:

    -   Building partnership and empowering local communities to consolidate peace through the introduction of satellite radio programs and advocacy activities;

    -   Increasing use of clean, safe and sustainable water supply systems for households and schools such as construction of rock catchments dams and developing animal watering troughs;

    -   Increasing school enrolment of girls by providing school feeding, operating mobile schools and raising awareness on girl-child education;

    -   Enhancing integrated farming activities with environmental conservation, water conservation and management and improvement of sanitation to ensure the availability of food and water resources.  

  1. The project is expected to build partnerships between host communities and refugees for peaceful co-existence and development in the abovementioned communities in Kenya.
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