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Emergency response has been central to CARE Kenya’s work since 1968.

Humanitarian response is central to CARE’s mission to reduce poverty, recognizing disasters as both cause and effect of poverty and injustice with humanitarian efforts an intrinsic part of our overall program approaches. We strategically respond to emergencies in four sectors of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Livelihoods, Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and Refugee Assistance.

Refugee Assistance Program
CARE has been operating in Dadaab since 1992, providing relief and development assistance in the refugee camps and supporting the neighbouring host communities.  We are currently offering the following services:-

Current & Ongoing Projects:

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
CARE is providing WASH services to 141,910 refugees in two camps (Dagahaley  and Ifo 1). We operate 14 boreholes, 23 elevated steel tanks, 425 tap stands  and approximately 138 km pipeline to maintain a water production capacity of  5700 m3/day. We conduct hygiene promotion to over 3,500 households and  replace or repair more than 3,000 household latrines annually. CARE’s  interventions are funded by UNHCR and ECHO.

CARE operates seven (7) primary schools, 7 Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centres and two (2) Special Needs Education (SNE) Centres in Dagahaley camp with a total population of 10,964 pupils. The sector is supported by UNHCR and RTL Foundation.


Logistics and Food distribution
CARE distributes relief food provided by WFP to 176,162 refugees in three camps (Dagahaley, Ifo 1 and Ifo 2). CARE also provides support to UNHCR implementing partners in the form of storage and distribution of fuel, warehousing and distribution of core relief items and fleet management. We are operating a fuel station that is handling a total of 147,800 liters of diesel annually.

Gender & Community Development (GVB)
The Gender and Community Development Sector in CARE plays a leading role  in prevention and response to Gender Based Violence (GBV) for refugees in Dagahaley camp. The sector works with law enforcers and the community in  providing protection to 72,795 refugees. GBV survivors are also  assisted to  access other emergency support services such as health options to protect  them from possible contraction of HIV/AIDS, pregnancy or Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in cases of rape.


Mechanical Service Unit (MSU)
CARE is operating UNHCR’s centralised fleet maintenance. We provide fleet  maintenance to 300  light & heavy vehicles serving 20 agencies including  UNHCR, UNDSS, WFP, IOM, UNICEF and GoK.






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