Kenya, Kakuma Refugee Camp - AFKE91


Appeal Target: US$ 692,251
(Total Project Value US$ 3,591,668 )
Geneva, 29 March 1999

Dear Colleagues,

For many years, the stability of Kenya has proved a magnet for asylum seekers from many of the strife torn countries of the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region. The Kenyan Government has housed most of these refugees in two major refugee settlements - Kakuma and Dadaab camps. Today Kakuma Camp is the place of residence for refugees of nine nationalities.

At the invitation of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), ACT member Lutheran World Federation/Department of World Service (LWF/DWS) Kenya, has been the Kakuma Camp Manager and Lead Agency, since 1992. In 1998 closure of other refugee camps in Kenya and a substantial influx from Sudan resulted in a 34% population growth in Kakuma. This Appeal therefore represents LWF's continuing involvement in providing much needed services to nearly 70,000 refugees in Kakuma. The figure is expected to increase further, as refugees continue to arrive from neighbouring countries, especially from war-torn Sudan.

As long as the conditions of civil war and instability in the neighbouring countries prevail, the need for such humanitarian assistance by the ACT network will continue to remain.

Please kindly send your contributions to the ACT bank account.

For further information, please contact:

ACT Co-ordinator, Miriam Lutz (Phone 41-22-791 60 33 or mobile phone ++41-79 203 60 55)
ACT Appeals Officer, Neville Pradhan (Phone 41-22-791 6035).

ACT Web Site address:

Rev. Myra Blyth
WCC/Cluster on Relations
Miriam Lutz
ACT Co-ordinator
Rev. Rudolf Hinz
LWF/World Service

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