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.

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School attendance goes up, students get healthier and governments pay attention

For many poor families, an education is a road to a happier future and the school a symbol of hope and expectation. But in the absence of such basic amenities as safe water for drinking, soap for washing hands and clean toilets, the school can become a place of embarrassment, shame and disgust – particularly for adolescent girls.

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