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Somali Refugee Assistance in Kenya

Together with the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and its implementing partner, Lutheran World Federation/Department for World Service (LWF/DWS), are partnering to provide protection, psychosocial and material support in Dadaab refugee camps by:

  • Improving the living conditions of vulnerable and elderly refugees; and
  • Enhancing protection services.

Anticipated Results

  • 4,050 elderly people and 4,431 people living with disabilities (PLWD) living in Hagadera and Kambioos will receive appropriate assistance such as psychosocial and material support and/or referrals as needed.
  • 120 home-based caregivers will also be trained on nutrition and personal hygiene to better care for the elderly and PLWD. In addition, 120 elderly people will receive hygiene kits.
  • 100 bedridden will receive transportation to and from rehabilitation centers, and 100 wheelchairs and walkers will be provided to children with cerebral palsy.
  • 120 Community Peace and Protection Team (CPPT) members in Dagahaley, Hagadera and Kambioos will be trained on disaster preparedness and management due to a recent increase in fires and disease outbreaks within the camps. These CPPT members will also receive training on firefighting skills and basic first aid.

Responding to Priority Refugee Needs

  • The project supports efforts led by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to ensure vulnerable refugees in Dadaab refugee camps live in dignified conditions. The emphasis of the project is to provide critical services for vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, and those in dire need of support.
  • Through capacity building, training and mentorship, the project seeks to empower refugees by providing them with greater ownership and participation in the administration and provision of camp services.