World Vision Kenya rapid protection assessment

Source: World Vision

Date: 13 Mar 2008

World Vision Kenya rapid protection assessment – external introduction

World Vision carried out a rapid protection assessment in Lakes region, North Rift Valley region and Nairobi from 20-26th February. The objectives of the assessment were:

1. To identify the key protection concerns for women, children and vulnerable groups in the camps and to recommend immediate interventions

2. To ascertain which protection issues will present an on going threat in peoples’ lives and to recommend appropriate long term programming

The assessment covered camps and communities in the Lakes region (Koru Police Station camp, Chief’s camp, Bible Society of Kenya ‘transit’ camp and Manyata slum area), camps in the North Rift Valley region (Burnt Forest camp in Uasin Gishu and Noigam camp in Trans Nzoia), and Mathare Chief’s camp in Nairobi zone.

Key findings and recommendations

1. A number of protection concerns are arising during and following the distribution of food and non-food items. Concerns included discrimination in distribution by camp committees, lack of complaints mechanisms for IDPs and lack of adequate monitoring and follow up. It is recommended that working with Kenya Red Cross, World Vision follow minimum protection standards for food and non-food items (World Vision draft protection standards attached).

2. Girls as young as 13 years old are reportedly engaging in sex for cash in order to obtain basic food and non-food items. This is apparently a result of not being reached in distributions, and these girls are particularly vulnerable as they are from the poorest families in the camps. It is recommended that distributions target girls aged between 12-20 years and at the same time provide education sessions and research the motivations for engaging in sexual relations with members of the surrounding community including police officers. Continued interventions to work with this vulnerable group should be considered a priority.

3. In all camps visited there is a lack of support for children in the camp in terms of play equipment and counselling support. It is recommended that Child Friendly Spaces are established as soon as possible in all visited locations, and that counselling support is targeted at the CFS and the women groups in camps.

4. Focus group discussions in Manyatta slum in Kisumu suggest there is a continued risk of further displacement, as tensions in the slum areas remain high. Women and youth reported an increase in violence, especially perpetrated by young men. It is recommended that agencies continue to target relief operations in the slum areas of Kisumu and provide protection and peace building programming. Child friendly spaces, youth programming and establishment of women’s meetings should be encouraged to address rising violence against women and children in these areas. Further research is required to explore whether this situation is replicated in other slum areas.

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