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Handicap International works in Kenya to assist the most vulnerable people in the refugee camps. The organisation is also taking action in a range of other sectors such as road safety, the fight against sexual violence towards children, and mother and child health.

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Handicap International works in Kenya to assist the most vulnerable people in the refugee camps. The organisation is also taking action in a range of other sectors such as road safety, the fight against sexual violence towards children, and mother and child health.
Handicap International works in Kenya to assist the most vulnerable people in the refugee camps. The organisation is also taking action in a range of other sectors such as road safety, the fight against sexual violence towards children, and mother and child health.

Our actions

In Dadaab, the largest refugee camp in the world, Handicap International provides rehabilitation care for the most vulnerable, notably people with disabilities, and distributes mobility aids such as crutches and wheelchairs. Handicap International also ensures that the most vulnerable can access humanitarian aid.

Handicap International's teams in the Kakuma camps are training care workers to provide home-based care for people with disabilities and older people. The organisation is providing training in rehabilitation, both in health centres and in the community. It also delivers training to committees of people with disabilities, so they are able to raise community awareness about the violence people with disabilities are submitted to, in particular women with disabilities.

Handicap International is running a regional project "Ubuntu Care" in Kenya, Burundi and Rwanda, to fight against sexual violence towards children, notably those with disabilities. The organisation informs children, families, organisations and local authorities about the rights of children with disabilities and works to set up a social and legal system of protection.

At the same time, Handicap International is raising awareness among different ethnic groups in north-west Kenya about the dangers of light weapons. The organisation provides the public with information and is establishing close links with security agencies and members of the community.

The organisation is also working with the police on the issue of road safety, in order to establish binding legislation. Handicap International trains local NGOs in how to use the media to promote safer roads. At the same time, Handicap International is carrying out a study into the social and economic impact of road accidents. It is also supporting local organisations and services to improve mother and child health in two shanty towns in Nairobi.

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Background

Kenya is a former British colony that obtained independence in 1963. After post-electoral violence in 2007-2008, the country seems to have recovered a certain level of stability, despite the terrorist threat in the east, near the Somalian border.

In spite of the country’s economic growth there are still substantial levels of poverty and inequality. Half the population lives below the poverty line. Over one in two inhabitants has to live on less than one dollar a day. Conditions for people with disabilities remain precarious, notably in terms of education, health, prevention, and sexual violence.

Kibera, one of the largest African shanty towns, is situated on the outskirts of Nairobi (over one million inhabitants in an area of 256 hectares, with no water or electricity). Kenya is one of the ten African countries the worst hit by the AIDS virus (400 deaths per day).

The country also has a sizeable refugee population, which is mainly concentrated in the north-east region.

Key figures Kenya - Handicap International
Key figures Kenya - Handicap International
WHERE your support HELPS

Partners

  • Support to the most vulnerable in Dadaab refugees camps

    UNHCR and humanitarian operators in the camps.

    Assisting vulnerable people in refugee camp in Kakuma

    UNHCR and humanitarian operators in the camps.

    Stopping sexual violence against children with disabilities

    • Disability Group of Trans-Nzoia (DIGROT);
    • Chanuka Youth Development Programme (CYDP) ;
    • Tuwani Community Gender Representative-Community Based Organisation (TUWANI CGR).

    ROAD SAFETY PROJECT (RS)

    ·   Association for Safe International Road Travel- ASIRT Kenya
     Usalama Watch Initiative
     Gertrude’s Hospital
     Institute for Legislative Affairs
     WHO Country Office
     National Transport & Safety Authority
     Ministry of Health
     Ministry of Education

    ARMED VIOLENCE REDUCTION (AVR):

    • Justice and Peace centre (JPC) -Kitale
    • Free Pentecostal fellowshio- Kenya (fpfk)

    EMPOWERMENT OF CIVIL SOCIETY PARTNERS FOR THE EVOLUTION OF DISABILITY-FRIENDLY MOTHER AND CHILD HEALTH SERVICES

    • Action Network for the Disabled Youth (ANDY) : ONG kényane
    • Nairobi Family Support Services (NFSS) : ONG kényane
    • Light and Hope for Children with Disabilities (L&H) : organisation à base communautaire