World Vision Kenya in partnership with
the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is constructing 2,200
shelters for 11,000 Somali Bantus who'll be relocated from the Dadaab Refugee
Camp in north-eastern Kenya to the Kakuma Refugee Camp.
The construction area has already been set aside and survey works have started. The work is expected to be completed in three months time.
The refugee resettlement exercise will last between three and four years, as the Somali Bantu refugees will eventually be relocated elsewhere.
Upon their resettlement, the 2,200 new shelters will be handed over to UNHCR and reallocated to vulnerable families who continue to arrive at the camp.
The Kakuma Refugee Camp had a population of 83,148 refugees as of October 2001. These refugees mainly comprise of Sudanese, Somalis, Ethiopians and others from six other nationalities. These refugees fled from civil wars in their countries.
Currently, there is a gradual influx of about 500 new arrivals into the camp. This influx has put a lot of strain on the existing shelters at the camp.
The work will be carried out under the direct supervision of World Vision Engineers. World Vision Kenya has been involved in similar works in the camp since July 2000 and is well versed with the expected challenges.
World Vision Kenya in Partnership with World Vision Japan has been involved in shelter provision and infrastructure development at the Kakuma refugee camp since July 2000. Both sectors have been very well managed. Success in this venture has been both immediate and measurable.
Since moving into the Refugee camp, in July 2000, World Vision has constructed a total of 2,345 shelters and repaired over 1,000 others. World Vision has also constructed over 1,400 emergency shelters to refugee families displaced due to unexpected heavy rains in October last year.
The Kakuma Refugee Camp is in Kakuma Division of Turkana District. The district shares international borders with Ethiopia to the north, Sudan to the northwest and Uganda to the west.
Locally, the district borders West Pokot, Baringo, Samburu and Marsabit districts. The district is semi-arid and the area experiences average temperatures of between 24 and 38 degrees centigrade.