The IRC in Kenya
The IRC has been working in Kenya since 1992, providing essentials like clean water, health care and shelter to tens of thousands of refugees escaping conflict and natural disaster in Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia and other neighboring countries. We also assist Kenyan communities that host refugees, as well as those affected by the post-election violence in late 2007. To foster long-term development, the IRC supports education, job training and conflict resolution so communities remain safe for women and children and become economically independent
How We Help
- The IRC aids refugees escaping drought and violence in neighboring countries by providing emergency health care and supplies.
- The IRC promotes community health projects that improve nutrition, sanitation and access to medicine and educates people about HIV/AIDS and other diseases.
- The IRC fosters conflict resolution to make communities safe for women and children, and we support survivors of sexual violence and exploitation.
- The IRC provides primary education for children and specialized classes and job training for youth and adults.
The IRC advocates for the rights of refugees in urban areas like Nairobi.
When violence broke out in Kenya after the disputed 2008 presidential elections, some 1,500 people lost their lives and hundreds of thousands were displaced. In the months leading up to the March 2013 elections, the IRC and our Kenyan partners worked on peace-building strategies to avert a repeat of the past.
More than 13 million people are still in urgent need of food and assistance after the worst drought to hit East Africa in 60 years. Read about the IRC's multi-faceted aid effort across Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia.