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Transitional Shelters for Daadab Refugee Camp in Kenya

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Chance in Life International

Who are you trying to help? What issue are you trying to address?

Because of the over population in the Daadab refugee camps that were originally meant to hold some 90,000 and instead hold 550,000, distribution of basic human needs has been a challenge even with a large number of international organizations. One of the biggest challenges other than food and water has been the provision of shelter for the refugees.

When the refugees arrive they have to await registration and only receive food and water until this process is complete. This means they have to create makeshift shelters before they can receive tents.

The ‘transitional shelter approach’ involves building and upgrading a shelters incrementally, from plastic sheeting to sustainable local materials, which are then reused as part of reconstruction. Assistance to displaced and non-displaced populations is often delayed as housing, land and property rights cannot be resolved quickly. Transitional shelters can be relocated, and can therefore be supportive immediately and continuously until reconstruction is complete.
Makeshift shelters in the Daadab camp are made of twigs covered with plastic, papers and tarps that were distributed over a year ago.

Chance in Life International can provide families with a better form of shelter to save them from what they will go through when the rains come. Our
affordable design for shelters uses locally available materials so that the shelters are easy to set up and dismantle.

What is your project and how will it help?

Our project aims at distributing transitional shelter construction materials and construction training so that the refugees can set up the shelters by themselves.
Iron sheets, wooden planks, nails are just some of the materials to be distributed and they are also easy to pull apart if need be for the refugees to return back to their countries and they could still use the same materials over and over for periods of up-to 10 years.
We aim at setting up a few model houses with the attendance of the refugees so that they can learn how to set up their houses and later after material distribution supervise the construction activity.
We are giving priority to single mothers, the elderly and families with adopted children.
Most of these families are easy to identify as the camp has been divided into areas where each family can set up their shelter.

Our project aims at creating a humane way of existence within the refugee camp through the provision of shelters that will enable people to protect themselves from extreme weather conditions(rain, sandstorms,heatwaves),crime, rape,wild, child abuse animals and the usual social evils of a congested camp full of desperation. The refugees will have have a sense of belonging.

How can other people partner with you on your project?

Chance in Life International will partner with other people and organizations through coordination of purchasing and distribution of construction materials, Logistics, Security, Local Government coordination, Meetings with refugees, Ground data provision, Mapping, Expert staff, Warehouses,Work permits, distribution items Import clearance, Emergency evacuation plan and all other relevant fields that might emerge during the planning or actual distribution activity.

Please detail the resources that you need.

For Chance in Life International to carry out the model shelter set up, materials distribution and construction follow up we will require:
- 4×4 Car hire
- Trucks for material distribution and transportation from purchasing areas
- Warehouse set up for storage and distribution
- Construction experts
- Security detail for the staff and the Warehouse
- Gasoline
- Office and Staff accommodation set up
- Communication radios
- Office supplies
For details of the budget, see attached documents.

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Partnership types

Project funding; Provision of goods

Regions / countries / territories

Africa: Kenya

Global issues

Shelter, housing, land management and construction; Refugees and internally all (2)


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