Kenya

Kenya

Country Director
Karen Poore
Mobile: +254 414 079 248
Mail: kapo@dca.dk
Skype: karen.poore

DanChurchAid Kenya
Rhapta Heights, 4th floor (Shiriki House)
Rhapta Road, Westlands
Phone Office: +254 741 067 183
P.O. Box 1878-00606
Nairobi, Kenya

Turnover
USD 2.1 million (2018)

People in need reached
98,290 people 

Experience in Kenya
Operational since 1992
Registered 2016

DCA in Kenya

DCA has been supporting refugees and local communities in Kakuma and Turkana with humanitarian assistance and long-term development aid since the early 1990s. The country programme is aligned to the SDGs and founded on a rights-based approach in the humanitarian-development-nexus covering immediate needs assistance, resilience, self-reliance and socio-economic integration between refugees and host communities. The programme supports a variety of sectors including livelihoods, climate resilience, entrepreneurship and life skills development, value chain and market development, peace building and protection. The programme has a strong focus on youth empowerment and gender equality, and includes activities in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kalobeyei Refugee Settlement, and local communities in Turkana and West Pokot Counties

Innovation in Livelihoods. We aim at mainstreaming innovation into everything we do and use multiple strategies to enhance innovation in our work. In Kakuma, DCA has functioned as an innovation lab, researching and testing various innovative sustainable livelihoods solutions. Among these are; Multi Storey Gardens – a kitchen garden bag designed to produce more crops with less water and taking up less space, Cricket Farming – an innovative solution to securing higher nutritional diet with less impact to the climate; Blended Learning – digitisation of business skills and entrepreneurship training and mentorship for refugee youth.

Innovation in Accountability. DCA is Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS) certified and has accountability at the core of all its actions. To support our efforts of placing people in the centre, DCA rolled out the Listen Learn Act (LLA) in September 2017 for DCA and partners’ activities in Kakuma and Kalobeyei. LLA is a tool which, through digital data collection and feedback meetings with affected populations, helps us to better capture perceptions and feedback, and systematically consider it in our activities.

Implementation. DCA implements directly and in partnerships with national and international civil society organizations in Turkana and West Pokot Counties, including St. Peter’s Community Network (SAPCONE), Anglican Development Services North Rift (ADS), National Council of Churches Kenya (NCCK) and Lutheran World Federation Kenya (LWF). Further, DCA works closely with county government authorities, UN agencies, research institutions and other INGOs.

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DCA in Kenya

Activities in Kenya

Cricket farming as a sustainable source of nutrition

Cricket farming as a sustainable source of nutrition

In partnership with Danish and Kenyan Universities and informed by various studies on the subject of insect farming, DCA embarked on the farming of crickets and the use of these for consumption in 2017. Through research, various trials and errors, focus group discussions and testing, DCA now successfully runs a small cricket farm, and have recently initiated scaling up cricket production by 7 refugees. Cricket farming is particularly popular among refugees coming from the Lakes area, who use cricket powder to improve the nutrition intake in their household and in their small livestock. Together with the universities and refugees we are further testing food enriched with cricket powder and exploring opportunities for commercialisation of cricket production – for nutrition enriched food and animal feeds using cricket powder.

Building the dried fish value chain – from small-scale fishers of Lake Turkana to refugee markets in Kakuma

Building the dried fish value chain – from small-scale fishers of Lake Turkana to refugee markets in Kakuma

Building the dried fish value chain is a new way to address malnutrition and limited food options among refugees in Kakuma and Kalobeyei and at the same time support poor local fishermen and local market development. Together with local organization SAPCONE, DCA has supported 23 fishing groups of Lake Turkana with boats, engines and training in post-harvest handling, financial literacy and negotiation skills. In collaboration with WFP, market linkages have been built between the fishermen and the markets in Kakuma and Kalobeyei where dried fish is among the best-selling items and sells at a profitable rate for the fishermen, and at affordable prices for the refugees as a way to improve nutrition.

Multi-Storey gardens

Multi-Storey gardens

Growing vegetables such spinach and kale in Multi-Storey Gardens (MSGs) is not a new innovation, but in the harsh climate of Turkana, previous types of MSGs have often not resulted in the impact desired. DCA and partners have tested various bags and soil combinations together with refugee groups and local communities. Our bags are now made of longer-lasting material and produced by refugees, thereby generating jobs and income. MSGs contribute to increased food security and improved nutrition.

Digitisation of business skills training for youth

Digitisation of business skills training for youth

In 2018, DCA launched a new digital learning platform for refugee youth, combining face-to-face training with online learning and mentorship in business skills development. So far, 105 youth have gone through this cost-effective training process and are in various stages of capitalization of their business plans. In 2019, DCA’s innovative approach to youth entrepreneurship development attracted interest from the World Economic Forum and the Forum of Young Global Leaders, resulting into a partnership on Executive Leadership and Entrepreneurship Training for 30 youth in Kakuma Refugee Camp.

Where we work in Kenya

Where we work in Kenya

Local Partners in Kenya

  • Anglican Development Services North Rift (ADS)
  • St. Peter’s Community Network (SAPCONE)
  • National Council of Churches Kenya (NCCK)
  • Lutheran World Federation Kenya (LWF)

Donors in Kenya

Christine Aketch, 23, tending to her cricket farm in Kakuma Refugee Camp 

©Mathilde Berg Utzon

DCA is working together with a Danish and two Kenyan Universities on a cricket farming project in Kakuma Refugee Camp

©Mathilde Berg Utzon

Justin Oyiani Atilio, 14 years old, refugee from South Sudan – living in Kalobeyei settlement in Kakuma Camp since 2014. Justin attends school in Kalobeyei Settlement Primary School), he is also taking part in a Junior Farmers Club, they can take the harvested crops home – either to eat or to sell.

©Michael Drost-Hansen

Justin Oyiani Atilio, 14 years old, refugee from South Sudan – living in Kalobeyei settlement in Kakuma Camp since 2014. Justin attends school in Kalobeyei Settlement Primary School), he is also taking part in a Junior Farmers Club, they can take the harvested crops home – either to eat or to sell.

©Michael Drost-Hansen

Justin Oyiani Atilio, 14 years old, refugee from South Sudan – living in Kalobeyei settlement in Kakuma Camp since 2014. Justin attends school in Kalobeyei Settlement Primary School), he is also taking part in a Junior Farmers Club, they can take the harvested crops home – either to eat or to sell.

©Michael Drost-Hansen

Justin Oyiani Atilio, 14 years old, refugee from South Sudan – living in Kalobeyei settlement in Kakuma Camp since 2014. Justin attends school in Kalobeyei Settlement Primary School), he is also taking part in a Junior Farmers Club, they can take the harvested crops home – either to eat or to sell.

©Michael Drost-Hansen

Women in Kakuma have bought a small stock of the fish from Lake Turkana. They want to and sell them at their small stalls and hope it will be good business for both the women and the fishermen.

©Michael Drost-Hansen

Women in Kakuma have bought a small stock of the fish from Lake Turkana. They want to and sell them at their small stalls and hope it will be good business for both the women and the fishermen.

©Michael Drost-Hansen

Football for girls in Kakuma, Divas League. There are currently 10 teams in the camp, training three times a week, and having fun, tournaments both in and out of the camp.

©Michael Drost-Hansen

Football for girls in Kakuma, Divas League. There are currently 10 teams in the camp, training three times a week, and having fun, tournaments both in and out of the camp.

©Michael Drost-Hansen

Kakuma Got Talent, Fashion show. Girls and Boys are competing in three categories about who has designed and put together the best outfits.

©Michael Drost-Hansen

Kakuma Got Talent, Fashion show. Girls and Boys are competing in three categories about who has designed and put together the best outfits.

©Michael Drost-Hansen

Kakuma Got Talent, Fashion show. Girls and Boys are competing in three categories about who has designed and put together the best outfits.

©Michael Drost-Hansen

Kakuma Got Talent, Fashion show. Girls and Boys are competing in three categories about who has designed and put together the best outfits.

©Michael Drost-Hansen

Fishermen by Lake Turkana, Kenya, near Kakuma refugee camp, 2 fishing boats are shared by 28 fishermen, who take it in turns of 14 – every other day. They want to smoke them or dry them, sell at markets in Lodwar or maybe even as far away as Nairobi.

©Michael Drost-Hansen

Fishermen by Lake Turkana, Kenya, near Kakuma refugee camp, 2 fishing boats are shared by 28 fishermen, who take it in turns of 14 – every other day. They want to smoke them or dry them, sell at markets in Lodwar or maybe even as far away as Nairobi.

©Michael Drost-Hansen

Fishermen by Lake Turkana, Kenya, near Kakuma refugee camp, 2 fishing boats are shared by 28 fishermen, who take it in turns of 14 – every other day. They want to smoke them or dry them, sell at markets in Lodwar or maybe even as far away as Nairobi.

©Michael Drost-Hansen

Fishermen by Lake Turkana, Kenya, near Kakuma refugee camp, 2 fishing boats are shared by 28 fishermen, who take it in turns of 14 – every other day. They want to smoke them or dry them, sell at markets in Lodwar or maybe even as far away as Nairobi.

©Michael Drost-Hansen

In Argae Community Lodwar, a hosting community near Kakuma refugee camp, small vegetable farmers, grow tomatoes. The project is called AWOMB: A=air, W=water, O=organic, M=minerals, B=biointens

©Michael Drost-Hansen

In Argae Community Lodwar, a hosting community near Kakuma refugee camp, small vegetable farmers, grow tomatoes. The project is called AWOMB: A=air, W=water, O=organic, M=minerals, B=biointens

©Michael Drost-Hansen

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