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.
Enlarging and developing the scope of psychosocial services available in Kakuma refugee camp
We have initiated a 4-month-long pilot program of psychosocial outreach training for community-workers through an arts-based certificate program, in collaboration with Haifa University and Don Bosco. During the 4 months intensive training the students will acquire knowledge and tools in different fields related to psychosocial assistance and relevant to their specific context. The participant will also participate in 50 hours of practical training, incorporating their skills within the camp's existing agencies, and enlarge the scope of psychosocial services available to the refugee community, all while under the guidance and supervision of our professional team.
- To teach psychosocial tools to a pilot group of refugee-students, towards the realization of a recognized certificate form Don Bosco-Haifa University-IsraAID. (theoretical and practical courses)
- To teach students how to design and implement their own social services
- To accompany students in the implementation of services for the benefit of the refugee and host community (Special emphasis will be put on protection issues, e.g. child protection, mental health, and Gender-Based Violence)
- 19 students are participating regularly in the program
- Afternoon program led by the students are offering Music activities to refugee children
- Significant learning process is detected
Psychosocial training for non-specialized workers in Kakuma
The program aims at the capacity building of the non-specialized services in Kakuma Refugee camp, as the most extensive way of spreading psycho-social services within the camp community. The goal is to assist the refugees' post-traumatic state and deep-rooted anxiety by creating an emotional supportive safe environment among the agencies working in the camp.
- To enhance service providers' facilitation, and educational and psychosocial skills for vulnerable communities
- To help service providers develop skills to identify and address the consequences of extreme stress of students in order to create a stronger emotional support mechanism in the school
- To accompany service providers in their efforts to develop their own local oriented initiatives with the aim to enlarge welfare services for refugees and host communities in the future
- To develop a support network among the different service providers
- Two training sessions for Don Bosco teachers were conducted
- A basic information and support mechanism was founded
- Implementation of practiced techniques was conducted
Relief Aid and Infrastructure Development
Supporting the immediate needs of Kakuma Refugee Camp and its host Turkana community
We are currently focusing on the needs of Kakuma Mission Hospital, which serves the greater Turkana West District. Kakuma town has almost 40,000 local inhabitants and over 170,000 living in Kakuma Refugee Camp.