180,000 refugee families in Kakuma camp, Kenya need a way to feel a sense of belonging to a social community during their uncertainly long period of stay at the camp because the spacial configuration (and function) of the camp is arranged for short-term staying, not for sustainable living. Taking the full advantage of the existing structure and materials, it is proposed to merge the separated shades to create the social point that has been missing, to bring the refugee families together.
65.6 million people around the world have been forced from their home. 180,000 refugee families in Kakuma camp, Kenya need a way to feel a sense of home and belonging to a social community during their uncertainly long period of stay at the camp because the spacial configuration (and function) of the camp is arranged for short-term staying, not for sustainable living, so that the refugee families are not building a socially-integrated community.
Taking full advantage of the existing structure and materials, it is proposed to merge the separated shades of the shelters to create the social point that has been missing, for bringing the refugee families together. The created space is meant for joint activities such as resting, chatting, exchanging culture and experience, plus other potential communal uses including planting, cooking and much more. This solution also helps with the weather conditions, providing both protection from the rain and the sun as well as giving shade. During night time, while all the refugees are inside the shelter, there is no space for their valuable belongings, this could also help in keeping it together. This simple and low-cost solution will impact the refugees with a higher community feeling, keeping them away of the instability created by a short term living solution.
Our users are refugees who live in Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. Through our solution, the refugees are able to get shelter from sun light and rain. Also, they get extra space to store their belongings. The spaces act as a meeting point through which the refugee communities can meet and get to share and exchange through storytelling and build sustainable communities making feel home away from home.
This solution is tackling a global problem with a very limited budget. The impact in the refugee society will help to cover the human right to adequate housing in the refugee camps.
The only competitor we found was for a medium-long term solution, relocating the refugees to flexible brick houses. The key reason why this solution has not been implemented yet is that the camps were meant for short-term stay, but the refugees did and are in fact, staying for much longer terms. There has been no plan to address these problems while they stay for an uncertainly long period.
“Stories under the shade” focuses on the well-being of refugees at the stage when they are the most vulnerable, the most neglected, and start losing all hope. We will help them overcome prejudices by talking to someone who’s just faced the same difficulties while they sit in the shade, extra space and have a sense of belonging as their walls are decorated with artefacts. The impact will be measured as insecurity and violence go down because of constantly growing social integration, community.
We will leverage our team members’ contacts- one has lived in Kakuma for 6 months, another one works with the Kenyan government’s policy department. The low cost and easy solution will help us reach out to UNHCR and Kenyan corporates for funding.
To further our idea, we will need help with connections to funding opportunities and introductions to clients / customers.