Kenya

The World’s Largest Refugee Camp

CARE is working in Dadaab to provide a safe haven for those fleeing violence and food insecurity in the Horn of Africa.

CRISIS IN THE HORN OF AFRICA

In 2011, a catastrophic drought struck the Horn of Africa, affecting Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya. 

Motherhood in Dadaab

Countless families are being broken up as mothers and children leave Somalia in search of relief while their husbands stay behind to care for relatives who are too old, too sick, or too weak from hunger to flee. These heroic women and their families are survivors of the century's biggest humanitarian emergency.

Dadaab Refugee Camp: Through the Lens

The Dadaab refugee camps were originally built to hold only 90,000 people, but a recent food crisis and famine have caused it to grow to nearly five times the intended size.

Helping to Educate Children in Dadaab

Liz McLaughlin, Executive Director of CARE's Foundation Unit, traveled to the Dadaab camp in Northern Kenya where CARE is helping to educate refugee children. She captured her journey on camera.

From Dadaab to Jordan With Love

Refugee children in Dadaab, Kenya send messages of hope and solidarity to Syrian refugee children in Jordan. 

Country Info

CARE commenced its humanitarian program in Kenya in 1968. Since then we have built a substantial development and humanitarian program, targeting around one million people in Kenya per year.

We currently carry out major programs in refugee assistance, health, water and sanitation, financial inclusion, adaptation to climate change, disaster risk reduction, agricultural value chains and humanitarian and emergency response. CARE is a lead partner of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and World Food Programme (WFP), for water and hygiene, food distribution and formal education in the Dadaab refugee camps, near the Kenya-Somalia border. As of December 31, 2013, the refugee population in Dadaab was 408,283 refugees. CARE is also lead partner of the Global Fund in Kenya and partners with CDC for a major health program.

Our main office is in Nairobi, and our main focus areas are western Kenya, Nairobi informal settlements and northern Kenya arid and semi arid lands. We also have projects in central and rift valley counties around financial inclusion and agricultural value chains. We currently work in 17 counties directly, and in 23 counties indirectly through Global Fund partners. 

CARE has been operationg in Kenya since 1968, and today we're most active in Nyanza Province (with a sub-office in Kisumu), Kibera in Nairobi and North Eastern Province (with sub-offices in Garissa, Dadaab, Elwak and Marsabit).

Learn more about our work in Dadaab >

See how we helped people survive the catastrophic drought and famine that gripped the Horn of Africa in 2011 >

Our Work in Kenya

Child Poverty

Half of all children live in poverty, spending their formative years struggling to survive.  

Market Access

More inclusive markets and access can help poor people improve their lives.

Microfinance

There’s a “savings revolution” taking place in many developing countries.

Youth Empowerment

Addressing the needs of the 1.8 billion young people in the world is critical to ending poverty.

Girls' Education

The majority of the 57 million children out of school are girls — their future is at risk.

Family Planning

Family planning is a proven strategy in reducing maternal mortality.

HIV & AIDS

Poverty is both a cause and consequence of HIV and AIDS.

Child Survival

This year, more than 7 million children will die before their 5th birthday.

Clean Water

Access to clean water and decent toilets saves lives and helps families and communities prosper.

Poverty & Social Justice

Everyone in the world has the right to a life free from poverty, violence and discrimination.

Maternal Health

Hundreds of thousands of women die in pregnancy and childbirth, mostly from preventable causes.

Agriculture

By failing to close the gender gap in agriculture, the world is paying dearly.

Climate Change

Climate change threatens the very survival of people living in poverty all over the world.

Child Nutrition

Malnutrition affects 200 million children and the consequences can last a lifetime.

Child Marriage

Child marriage is a gross human rights violation that puts young girls at great risk.

Violence Against Women

Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and yet least-recognized human rights abuses.

Why Women & Girls?

Why does CARE fight global poverty by focusing on women and girls? Because we have to.

Dadaab Refugee Camp

The Dadaab refugee camps were originally built to hold only 90,000 people, but a recent food crisis and famine have caused it to grow to nearly five times the intended size.

Adaptation Learning Program for Africa

CARE launched the Adaptation Learning Programme (ALP) for Africa in 2010. The programme is supported by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DfID), The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland and the Austrian Development Cooporation. Its overarching goal is to increase the capacity of vulnerable households in Sub-Saharan Africa to adapt to climate variability and change.

Dak Achana: Pursuing Food Security With Market Engagement in Kenya

Elizabeth Akinyi moved to Rusinga Island on Kenya’s corner of Lake Victoria as a newly married young woman in the 1980s. She notes that before she participated in CARE’s Dak Achana project in 2004, “we were hungry through almost the whole year.” After her husband left for teacher training in Nairobi, she often had trouble affording vegetables or growing enough maize to supplement her family’s meals of fish from her days spent “pulling nets” on the lake. Food insecurity was a daily reality for her and her children.

Market Engagement Capacity Strategy

Currently, CARE is implementing over 74 economic development programs in 66 countries. CARE’s position as one of the world’s largest international non-governmental organizations allows its economic development programs to extend this reach to achieve lasting impacts in fighting poverty. Our focus on the underlying causes of poverty and long-term presence in many countries, allow us to mobilize partnerships and resources to address some of the most intractable challenges countries face, bringing in the specialized expertise that is needed.

Economic Development Overview

CARE’s programs in Economic Development work to improve the economic security and income opportunities of the poor. Currently, CARE is implementing 74 economic development projects in 43 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. In addition, CARE maintains ties with independent microfinance institutions (MFI) that have grown out of CARE’s economic development programming.

Women and Water: A Relationship Both Obvious and Subtle

Improved access to water can transform the life of a woman. It could be through the extra time and subsequent opportunities that become available when women and girls no longer have to trek long, treacherous distances to collect water—a task that is often relegated exclusively to women and girls. Or it could be through the improved health of the woman and her family and the subsequent reductions in time spent caring for sick relatives—another role that women are more likely to play.

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