In Kenya, Humanity & Inclusion 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 235,269 registered refugees and asylum seekers (UNHCR figures, January 2018). Kakuma camp in north-west Kenya hosts more than 147,000 refugees (UNHCR figures, June 2018). Humanity & Inclusion 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.
Humanity & Inclusion 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.
Humanity & Inclusion is also working to improve the health of marginalised mothers, infants and young children. It is supporting local NGOs in implementing mother and child health services for marginalised populations in Nairobi, particularly people with disabilities.
A former British colony, Kenya obtained independence in 1963. Following post-electoral violence in 2007-2008, the country experienced a period of relative stability and economic growth.
In early 2017 the condition 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 provision of services such as education and health is at risk.
The country also has a large population of refugees, which is concentrated in the Eastern and North-Western regions. These vulnerable populations are in need of healthcare and food. People with disabilities living in these situations face additional challenges.