Community Services

LWF has been mandated by UNHCR to manage the Reception Centre in Kakuma and the Transit Centre in Nadapal along the Kenya-South Sudan border where new arrivals are temporarily hosted as they undergo registration by the DRA (Department of Refugee Affairs) and UNHCR. LWF provides the new arrivals with accommodation, 3 hot meals courtesy of WFP, security, psychosocial  as well as important information on life in the camp. More than 80% of all refugees currently living in Kakuma passed through the Reception or Transit Centres.

LWF implements sustainable livelihoods programs targeting vulnerable refugees and members of the host community. These include trainings on business management and the VSLA concept (Village Savings & Loans Associations), disbursement of KES. 3 Million as business start-up capital to 15 groups of 200 individuals, vocational training for youth as well as branding and marketing of locally manufactured Aloe vera products.

LWF commenced the process of obtaining certification from the KEBS (Kenya Bureau of Standards) which will subsequently enable the groups to sell their products to the general public. LWF is also working with the host community in implementing RIPAT (Rural Initiatives for Participatory Agricultural Transformation) activities which seek to encourage the local community to engage in crop farming. LWF has drilled  boreholes, built high capacity ferro-cement water storage tanks and laid pipes to improve access to water for domestic, livestock and irrigation in Lokipoto and Letea areas of Turkana West Sub County where LWF also supports CMDRR (Community-Managed Disaster Risk Reduction) Committees.

The project is currently supporting 33 VSLA groups, over 800 micro enterprises, 250 vocational skills trainees in both the camp and the host community among other projects.


Tailoring training – LWF supports women in the refugee camp to develop skills that can be used to earn a living. © LWF Kakuma 2015


Clean, fresh and abundant – History was made in Lokipoto area of Turkana when LWF launched a water project consisting of a solar powered borehole, underground piping, ferro-cement storage tank, elevated plastic tank, cattle trough and a rehabilitated shallow well. Elated area residents confirmed that they were seeing fresh water in abundant supply for the first time in their lives.  Todate, LWF has successfully completed 22 boreholes in Turkana West Sub County © LWF Kakuma 2016

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New arrivals at the Nadapal Transit Centre along the Kenya-South Sudan Border. LWF has position a team of 15 staff who provide refugees with basic shelter, food, water, Non-Food Items as well as Psychosocial support upon arrival at the facility as they wait to be ferried to Kakuma Refugee camp © LWF Kakuma 2015

Funding for the sector comes from UNHCR, LWR, CoS, DCA (which funds all host community programs such as WASH, RIPAT, CMDRR, IGAs/VSLAs), ELCA/ALWS and some component of IGA support that is funded by TdH and ELCA Anti-Child Labour specifically for foster parents and guardians of children withdrawn from child labour.