- KHOST & PAKTIKA UPDATE
UNHCR staff met with refugee elders in the camp on Monday to discuss key issues and gaps. Many of the refugee elders requested shelter materials, such as tool kits, plastic sheeting and poles to repair tents damaged from the harsh conditions, construct mud bricks and strengthen existing structures.
This mirrors focus group discussions held with refugees in host communities, who have explained that shelter remains the top priority. As the displacement is prolonged, alternative shelter options may need to be considered, as tents in harsh weather conditions usually last an average of six months and it is critical to help ensure shelter options, particularly in communities remain to prevent secondary displacement.
The Women’s Committee composed of refugee women representatives from all tribes and the Women’s Coordination Meeting (female service providers, ACTD, NRC, UNHCR, teachers and refugee representatives) were both held this week in the camp. The Women’s Committee and The Women’s Coordination Group recommended providing uniforms for students and teachers to help increase school enrollment while providing vocational training and educational courses like literacy and numeracy for refugee women. In addition, the need for livelihood opportunities particularly for the youth was raised.
During these meetings, UNHCR staff also work with male and female refugees to help identify PSN cases (Persons with Specific Needs) and provide the appropriate assistance or referred to another actor. UNHCR distributed sanitary kits to identified female PSN cases and Solidarités distributed hygiene kits and provided hygiene trainings to women and men in Gulan camp.