Dadaab refugee camp: Meeting our need for water



See how CARE and refugees are working together to provide water in Dadaab in Kenya – the world’s largest refugee camp

In the video, Gedion Kerimi, CARE Sanitation Officer, explains how CARE (with funding from the European Commission humanitarian aid department ECHO) has been improving water, hygiene and sanitation facilities for over 130,000 refugees living in Dadaab:

You can easily compare it to a small town. Providing water to such a huge group of people is not that easy. It requires a lot of planning and infrastructure.

Jundani Sharman in Dadaab camp

Jundani Sharman (above), a refugee from Somalia, describes his work as a water tank attendant:

I am a refugee, also the community are refugees. That’s why I’m supplying water... When I go back to my country [Somalia], I benefit from training, I have certificates. I can make [work as] an engineer.

Isha Godana in Dadaab camp

Isha Godana (above), a mother, describes how water is a crucial part of daily life in the camp, where she has been living since she was a child. She says:

Without water nobody can survive here... Water means a lot to us. Today, we have enough water.

Isha Godana and family in Dadaab camp
Isha and her family

Isha says: “I was a little girl when we came here and Somalia is our land... but I wouldn’t know where to start if I had to go back.”

So for now I hope my children can graduate from the school here and maybe even find a job, till then it’s better I stay here.

Video by Sven Torfinn/CARE

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