UNHCR ‘s Kakuma Camp Refugee Camp is one of the largest in the world, covering 150 km2 and accommodating an estimated 180,000 people. The camp is in Turkana, NW Kenya, and has received successive waves of Sudanese, Somali and South Sudanese refugees. The Jesuit Relief Service (JRS) provides some health (including mental health) services in the complex. They provide a counselling service for the camp’s population, focusing on general mental health, child safeguarding, and help for people traumatised by war and displacement, and by domestic and gender-based violence.
The need was simple. Counsellors and support staff needed a more efficient way of traversing the sprawling complex – and the answer was the humble bicycle. ElectricAid’s funding of €8,000 in November 2016 was enough for 38 tough Rhino bikes, with a few hundred Euro left over for maintenance and repair costs. This simple project has transformed the effectiveness and reach of the service, and enabled them to offer the service at the Kalobeyei refugee settlement, 30 km from Kakuma.
Read the Jesuit Mission Office’s Report here.