In Kenya, HI is providing assistance to the most vulnerable people in refugee camps. The organisation is also taking action to combat sexual violence against children with disabilities, to improve mother and child health services and to increase employment opportunities and political participation of people with disabilities.
Refugees in Dadaab camp, Humanity & Inclusion Kenya | © B. Blondel / HI
The Dadaab refugee complex in east Kenya has a population of approximately 240,00 registered refugees and asylum seekers. Kakuma and Kalobeyei settlements in north-west Kenya host more than 180,000 refugees. HI works in both camps and surrounding host communities to provide physical rehabilitation services, including provision of assistive devices such as wheelchairs and crutches. The organisation aims to improve the living conditions of the most vulnerable refugees, in particular those with disabilities, by ensuring equal access to services, raising awareness of discrimination and building the capacity of staff working with refugees to identify the needs of the most vulnerable.
HI in Kenya is combating sexual violence against children, in particular those with disabilities. The organisation informs children, families, organisations and local authorities about their rights as guaranteed under the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and helps survivors and their parents/guardians to access immediate assistance and long-term support.
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, HI has continued to help the world’s most vulnerable people. We have adapted our interventions in more than 45 countries.
A former British colony, Kenya obtained independence in 1963. The contested 2017 general elections led to demonstrations and violent skirmishes between civilians and law enforcement agents, which exacerbated instability within the country and contributed to increased number of people in need of assistance and protection.
In early 2017 the conditions in arid regions of Kenya deteriorated signiﬁcantly due to drought. This led to heightened food insecurity, decreased health and nutrition status at a time when political instability has also increased.
Within this context, the welfare of people with disabilities and vulnerable people is at a greater risk of neglect and reduced provision of services such as education and health.
Number of HI staff members: 69
Date the programme opened: 1992