Wednesday, October 3, 2012
The Church of Sweden International Mission in collaboration with the international aid agency Lutheran World Federation (LWF) are launching Solvatten in Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. The goal of the project is to reduce environmental degradation by enabling people to use alternative sources of energy in the camp and in the host community that surrounds it.
Supply of fire wood has been a problem in Kakuma region since the camp was set up in 1992 but it has escalated in the past two years, despite that the refugees are not allowed to harvest firewood directly from the bushes. This is attributed to the continu
ous massive influx of people into the camp leading to the environmental degradation through the harvesting of sticks from the available vegetation for firewood. Firewood has become very expensive and the UNHCR struggles to purchase and supply fuel to the growing population of refugees in the camp.
The project reduces the amount of firewood being used inside the camps and alongside reduce the tree harvesting around the camps. The local community saves money, the environment will hence be protected and the tensions between the host population and the camp dwellers will be reduced.
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