Kakuma Refugee Camp in northern Kenya is home to more than 150,000 people, and continued violence in South Sudan is leading to a huge influx of refugees into the camp. The camp is now vastly above its capacity and its ageing water and sanitation facilities need urgent upgrades. In a crowded camp, deadly waterborne diseases such as diarrhoea and cholera can spread rapidly, and young children are especially susceptible. Up to 80% of the new arrivals are children who are already malnourished after travelling vast distances to reach the camp.
The situation in Chad is just as severe. More than 110,000 refugees in camps near the Sudanese border are struggling to collect enough water for their families.
Four camps on the Chad border, established in 2003 at the outbreak of the crisis in Darfur, continue to receive refugees from Sudan and South Sudan. Aging water infrastructure is compromising the delivery of clean water to these refugees who are living in an extremely challenging environment in one of the poorest countries in the world.
High density camps present a higher risk for disease transmission. Water needs to be safe for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene. Adequate sanitation facilities and education about hygiene are also important factors for the prevention of illnesses and epidemics.
Clean water and sanitation are fundamental to the health, wellbeing and dignity of refugees.
Your donation will help UNHCR to improve water and sanitation facilities in camps in Chad and Kenya. Your donation will help save lives and enable UNHCR make urgent improvements to the camp's infrastructure, keeping refugee families safe and healthy.
- Kakuma refugee camp was established in 1992 following the outbreak of civil war in Sudan which led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people in search of protection and assistance in Kenya
- Kakuma hosts more than 150,000 refugees, mostly from South Sudan and Sudan, and is expected to reach 190,000 by the end of 2014.
- 400 new refugees are being registered in Kakuma camp each week
- Women and children account for over 80% of Kakuma's total population; 15% of the camp's residents are under the age of 5
- The availability of water for refugees in Chad remains below the international standard of 20 litres per person per day.
Note: Should the funds raised exceed the amount required to meet the immediate and longer term needs of the people in the affected areas, Australia for UNHCR will direct donations to our Emergency Response Program to enable us to rapidly address future emergencies as they occur
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Australia for UNHCR is appealing for donations to help improve water, sanitation and hygiene in the camps.
Funding will allow UNHCR to immediately:
- Construct 500 new household latrines, which will provide over 2500 people with clean, safe facilities close to their homes
- Increase the supply of clean drinking water to over 110,000 refugees in Chad and 150,000 refugees in Kakuma
- Extend the water supply to new areas of the camps which have been designated for new arrivals
- Support community education programs to improve water usage and sanitation practices throughout the camps
Your donations will help us to provide clean water and better sanitation facilities in the camps, reducing the risk of disease and improving the health and safety of refugee families.
KENYA: Kakuma camp surpasses its 100,000 capacity - 6 August 2012
KAKUMA REFUGEE CAMP, Kenya, 6 August (UNHCR) – Kakuma Refugee Camp has surpassed its capacity of 100,000 residents, creating serious concerns as more refugees continue to arrive.
KENYA: Number of Somali refugees in Horn of Africa passes 1 million mark - 17 July 2012
NAIROBI, Kenya, July 17 (UNHCR) – UNHCR announced on Tuesday that Somalia's population exodus has crossed a new threshold – more than 1 million people have now fled the country for the surrounding region. The most recent arrivals continue to cite insecurity and dwindling food resources as the main reasons for their flight.
KENYA: Curbing time-consuming, dangerous searches for firewood - 16 July 2014
18-year-old Abudullahi Abdi spends his afternoons after school pushing a wheelbarrow across the land in search of firewood. Despite the danger – he also was attacked one evening – Abudallahi is among the few males to take on what is traditionally a woman's task.