LWF Emergency Assistance to Refugees in Kenya’s Flooded Kakuma Camp

Non-food items being readied for distribution to Kakuma residents affected by the flooding. Photo: LWF/DWS Kenya-Djibouti
Non-food items being readied for distribution to Kakuma residents affected by the flooding. Photo: LWF/DWS Kenya-Djibouti

ACT Alliance Response Fund to Provide Clean Water, Shelter, Food, Protection and Psychosocial Support

(LWI) - The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is providing assistance to more than 2,000 people displaced from their homes as a result of heavy seasonal flooding in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in northwestern Kenya

The assistance includes cooked food, protection and psychosocial support, clean water and sanitary facilities and temporary shelter at a school compound. The LWF is also providing clothes, especially for babies, soap and hygiene items to refugees affected by the floods.

“Following the flooding emergency, LWF Kenya-Djibouti Program and the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) have successfully requested USD 60,000 from the Rapid Response Fund (RRF) of the ACT Alliance,” said Lokiru Matendo Yohana, LWF program officer for East and Horn of Africa and Climate Change

‘These funds will enable LWF and NCCK to deliver clean water by trucks, provide cooked meals for over 2,000 people, re-route the water supply pipeline in order to restore normal water supply and to construct emergency shelter for the affected households.”

In recent weeks, the seasonal Tarach River that cuts through the refugee camp flooded its banks. The floods swept away two sections of the main water pipelines supplying the camp with safe potable water, affecting about 50,000 refugees, and leaving two boarding schools in the camp without water. The floods have killed nine people and swept away or severely damaged 552 houses.  

As of 23 October, close to 179,000 people coming from Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan had sought refuge in Kakuma camp. This number includes around 43,940 South Sudanese who had arrived since December 2013.

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23 October 2014
KAKUMA, Kenya/GENEVA