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Kenya Country Office Monthly Humanitarian Situation Report March 2014 (Including UNICEF’s response to South Sudanese Refugees in Kakuma)

Highlights

  • As of 7 April 2014, Kakuma refugee Camp hosts 33,399 South Sudanese refugees. 65% of those are children under 18 years. UNICEF through partners on the ground continues to provide technical and material support. Funding remains the key bottleneck across all sectors;

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Books in local languages enhance child learning

Report
World Vision

Emily Wallace
Education Resource Adaptation Trainer
World Vision International

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Kakuma Camp Update - 08 April – 15 April 2014

Current Situation:
In the past week, 1,097 asylums seekers were received at the Nadapal border to Kakuma camp. As of 14th April, a total of 34,301 South Sudanese asylum seekers have arrived through the border point. The total estimated camp population is 165,000

Movement of new arrivals from South Sudan continues to be hindered by rains that have resulted in lower numbers arriving at the Nadapal border. The daily arrival trends are illustrated:

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UNHCR Dadaab Update 5/14, 01 - 31 March 2014

NEW DEVELOPMENTS

Ration Card Exchange

Between 15th and 22nd March, UNHCR replaced old food ration cards with new ones in all five Dadaab camps. Refugees who collected their food rations stopped by the UNHCR desks in food distribution centres to receive their new cards. 80,424 new ration cards were validated which means that 97% of all households in Dadaab now have a new card. The remaining 3% of households can approach the UNHCR field offices for their cards.

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Remarks by Tara Simpson, USAID Kenya Deputy Team Leader for HIV, at the Wezesha Orphans & Vulnerable Children Project Launch

It is a pleasure to be with you today to celebrate the launch of Wezesha Project. Wezesha Project is a USAID partnership with Lifeskills Promoters, and its partners, St Johns’ Community Center and Christian Partnership on AIDS in Kenya, to coordinate the sustainable care of 20,000 orphans and vulnerable children in Homa Bay, Kisii, and Migori Counties.

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Kakuma Camp Update - 01 April – 08 April 2014

Current Situation:
In the past week, 1,137 asylums seekers were received at the Nadapal border to Kakuma camp. As of 7th April, a total of 33,399 South Sudanese asylum seekers have arrived through the border point. The total estimated camp population is 163,000

Notably, there has been a reduction in the number of arrivals in the past week due to rains in South Sudan that has hindered movement. The daily arrival trends are illustrated:

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Community-led planning creates hope for the future

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Adeso

Until recently, Abaqdera settlement in Garissa County, Northeastern Kenya, had a very hard time retaining its teachers due to lack of proper accommodation. According to School Chairman, Isse Abdi Ali, this meant that the local primary school’s 100 pupils missed significant amounts of class time and scored poorly on national-level tests.

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Kenya and United Nations sign a USD 1.2 billion development pact

The government of Kenya and the United Nations on Wednesday signed a development assistance framework that will see the UN mobilizing USD 1.2 billion for implementation of development programmes in the country over a four-year period.

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Rain storm destroys five classrooms

In Summary

  • Headteacher Willy Chepchieng called on the county and national governments and other well-wishers to assist rebuild the school

  • The most affected are Standard Seven pupils who are forced to study in a classroom without a roof and have to be relocated to Standard Eight when it rains

Strong winds accompanied by heavy rains have destroyed five classrooms in Baringo, forcing pupils in one school to share a room.

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Heavy rains disrupt learning

In Summary

  • Wajir, Tana River and parts of Kilifi and Mombasa counties to experience heavy rains Tuesday

  • 10 schools adjacent to Lake Baringo risk closure as the lake’s water level continues to rise

By WYCLIFFE KIPSANG

The heavy rains which have been pounding most parts of the country are expected to decrease in the next five days, the meteorological department has said.

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Flood victims appeal for help

By WYCLIFF KIPSANG

More than 3,000 people living next to Lake Baringo have appealed to the government to relocate them as raging floods continue destroying homes.

The Ng’ambo and Salabani residents fear that if the rains continue, people will die and homes maybe submerged.

They told the Nation yesterday through their leaders among them Ilchamus ward member of the County Assembly (MCA) Wesley Lekakimon that they were ready to move to safer grounds if the government assisted them to begin their lives afresh.

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Former Somali refugees raise funds in Canada to build pre-school in Dadaab

DADAAB, Kenya, March 13 (UNHCR) – Six years ago, Muuxi Adam met two friends in a coffee shop in the Canadian city of Winnipeg to talk about ways they could help other Somalis stuck in refugee camps in Africa.

The three, all Somali but from different clans, started by setting up a non-governmental organization, Humankind International, to spread awareness about Somali refugees in neighbouring countries such as Kenya and Ethiopia, and to raise money for education projects for refugees.

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Dadaab & Alinjugur Quarterly Newsletter (Dec 2013 - Feb 2014)

UNHCR Inaugurates Host Community Support Projects in Dadaab

In January, UNHCR officially inaugurated four of its 2013 Dadaab refugee host community support projects.

The projects inaugurated include a dormitory for Dadaab Secondary School and a town hall in Dadaab.
Others included four primary school classrooms and a dispensary for Maleyley village.

The construction of these projects was funded by the Government of Japan and implemented by UNHCR’s partner- Relief, Reconstruction & Development Organization (RRDO).

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Low cost schools to boost pupil enrolment rates in ASALs

In Summary

  • Under the low cost boarding primary schools programme, schools will also be supplied with solar energy to make it easy for the learners to study on their own, early in the morning and late in the evening.

  • The tablet programme provides TAC (Teachers' Advisory Centre) tutors with tablets well-equipped with instructional and supervision aids to help them fundamentally improve teaching in Kenya.

By DENNIS ODUNGA

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Kakuma Camp Update - 26th February 2014

The number of South Sudanese refugees has reached 20,156, while the total camp population is estimated at just 655 people short of 150,000, the capacity threshold.

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Meru County employs 800 early childhood teachers

By KENNEDY KIMANTHI

In Summary

  • Governor Peter Munya said the successful teachers are required to report to their respective schools this week.

  • Mr Munya said it was regrettable that many children had been unable to go through basic education due to lack of enough teachers in the county.

  • The governor noted that basic education was a constitutional right for every child.

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Biting hunger drives children out of school

More than 10,000 children in Turkana have dropped out of school due to hunger.

Education Secretary Kiragu wa Magochi said lack of food in schools had made the children stop attending lessons.

“We are working on an integrated approach with other ministries to encourage more children, especially in northern Kenya, to go to school.

We cannot allow children to miss school because of hunger,” said Mr Magochi.

Education centres

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Kakuma Camp Update - 19th February 2014

Current Situation:

On 18th February, a total of 128 new arrivals were received from Nadapal border and 306 were received on the previous day. This brings the total number of South Sudanese asylum seekers received to 18,020. Consequently, the total estimated camp population is now 147,230. Close monitoring of the daily arrivals and daily interlinked operations in Nadapal and Kakuma continued.

Developments:

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Kenya Education Cluster Annual Report 2013

Education was interrupted and school time lost in areas affected by disasters such as conflict, floods and drought in Kenya. These disasters put many children at risk, exposing them to dangerous and rapidly changing situations. The education cluster was reactivated in 2013, and carried out several activities to strengthen emergency preparedness and response so as to ensure continuity of education in emergencies

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Relief food shortage affects schools in Turkana

In Summary

  • School learning programmes are being interrupted as the many children are severely affected by the drought.

  • The situation is made worse by the World Food Programme move to withdraw from satellite nursery schools.

By SAMMY LUTTA

Turkana County is experiencing an acute shortage of relief food in schools as thousands of children are attracted by the ongoing free school feeding programme.

School learning programmes are being interrupted as the many children are severely affected by the drought.