Kenya

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 >

6/26/18

Where's the Water?

Visiting a community in Kenya in April 2018, we were excited to see the physical infrastructure in place: two kiosks for collecting water, yard taps for some lucky households close to the kiosks, overhead tanks with a combined capacity of 20 cubic meters and, we were told, an infiltration well, p

1/16/18

Ensuring Sustainability: Designing Food Programs for Results that Last

This report draws from 193 evaluations across CARE between 2013-2017 to examine best of our results in sustainability.

7/20/17

The Weight of Water in Kenya's Dadaab Refugee Camp


Men used to approach Hado Abdi Gedi full of anger, sometimes calling her names. Why? Because Hado works. More specifically, because Hado is doing a job that has always been reserved for men. She is one of three female security guards for water tanks in Dadaab, a refugee camp in Kenya.

6/20/17

CARE Announces Letter-Writing, Social Media Campaign in Support of Refugees around the World

Letters of Hope initiative connects American youth with refugee children, invites others to express solidarity using #LettersOfHope

6/20/17

CNN.com: American kids want the world’s refugees to know they’re not forgotten

CNN.com wrote an extensive piece on CARE’s Letters of Hope campaign that connected American students with refugee children around the world. The story included photos from students at a Boulder, Co.

6/20/17

Yahoo News: ‘Kid-driven’ hope, from Boulder to a refugee camp in Kenya

Yahoo News wrote about CARE’s Letters of Hope campaign that connected Boulder, Co. children to refugee children around the world.

6/20/17

SWASH: Working with National Government for Lasting Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Schools

School Water, Sanitation and Hygiene plus Community Impact (SWASH+) is about finding sustainable and scalable solutions for school WASH in Kenya.

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