LWF Kenya/Sudan Programme Monthly Report Apr 2002

Report
from Lutheran World Federation
Published on 30 Apr 2002
General Situation
There were 4 security incidents on the road from Kakuma to Lokichoggio (110kms long) between 21st to 24th April. No LWF/DWS were involved. Critical gunshot injuries were sustained by 3 passengers in 2 incidents in which there was no armed escort. Two other incidents were under escort, and in one 2 police were slightly injured. Such incidents remind us of the need to be vigilant and prepared. The re-introduction of LWF/DWS charter flights to the refugee camp should also help avoid the need to travel so often on this stretch of road.

Heavy rains have fallen across Kenya especially during the latter part of April. In Sudan the rains have not yet taken their toll, but there are indications of the river beginning to rise in Yirol.

Programme Activities

Sudan

The Kenya/Sudan Programme is still waiting on further response from some of the related agencies as regards funding for the Peace and Capacity Building Proposal for south Sudan. This is still in the order of 20% of total funds required. EED have been in touch with us during April and it is hoped that funding support from EED will be forthcoming soon. Meanwhile minimal planned activities have taken place in the form of meetings and workshops.

The Acting Coordinator in Sudan has begun a 10 week course on "Acting with Conflict" in Birmingham, UK. This is being fully funded by Diakonisches Werke.

Turkana

The final report of the Nutrition Survey exercise conducted in Feb-Mar 2002 by LWF/DWS in collaboration with UNICEF KCO and AMREF was produced. The results indicate an improvement in the nutrition conditions of children in most parts of the project area (from 13%+ in March 2001 to 11.4% in March 2002), while significant malnutrition prevails in some few centres.

The results of the hydrogeological survey report conducted in Narongole in March were released. They are positive and indicate that there is an 80% plus chance of getting underground water in the site. The water pan site as well has been assessed and found viable for the proposed water pan.

Food distribution of March 2002 food allocation was done in April at 75% ration size. Urban and peri-urban beneficiaries were not targeted during this distribution. Further re-targeting and vulnerability verification was carried out during April by LWF/DWS staff.

Rainfall was realized in many parts of the project area during April. This came at a time when the physical conditions and productivity of the livestock, especially the grazers (cattle and sheep) had deteriorated.

Household food security continues to require support as many households have not regained the optimum herd sizes.

Kakuma

A card revalidation exercise (wrist banding) was conducted for 2 days in Kakuma during April. Preliminary figures for the camp population (according to those wristbanded) is 68,000 refugees (ie. a reduction of about 20%). During the exercise, about 1,500 persons were found trying to cheat and were detained at the police station for the period of the exercise.

The heavy rains in late April have taken their toll. The concrete drifts (across the river beds) on the road to Lokichoggio have suffered and at one point north of Kalobeyei (some 30kms north west of Kakuma) the drift has now been washed away, and local residents have made a temporary alternative route. However a more sustainable longer term solution needs to be found.

The flooded river Tarach has also impacted on the landscape within the refugee camp. The riverbank has suffered so much erosion that now the borehole # 3 at zone 4 is under threat. UNHCR, WVK, LWF/DWS and UNICEF are making an assessment of the situation to determine what can be done to alleviate the situation. This particular borehole is particularly high yielding and a very important one for the camp. Further flooding is likely to undermine the area where the borehole and pump house is located.

Senior project and programme staff attended a 3 day Programme Management Training Workshop hosted by UNHCR in Nairobi with all Implementing partners. Objectives included improved information sharing and communication as well as improved planning & implementation.

Food distribution was done for one month due to the card verification exercise. 951 metric tonnes of food were distributed for a population of 86,865, providing1392.5 kilocalories per person per day.

Outstanding reports which are still due and being worked on include the ACT AFKE11 for 2001, the SoN donors report for 2001, and the first quarter 2002 for LWR/BPRM. The first quarter SPMR (Sub Project Monitoring Report) for UNHCR was submitted on time by 10th April in Kakuma. Verification is ongoing before funds for 2nd quarter will be released.

Administration

The LWF Field Manual has been received on CD Rom. Hard copies have been made and distributed to all project coordinators/camp managers and project sector heads as well as departments in Nairobi office.

Formal Senior Management Team meetings were established and took place for Sudan, Turkana and Kakuma in April. These will be scheduled monthly.

Visitors to the Programme

There were no donor visits to the projects in April.