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Dear friend,

I recently returned from visiting our international healing project in Dadaab, Kenya, home to the world’s largest refugee camp.

Our program is staffed with an amazingly dedicated group of men and women who provide transportation, manage our finances, arrange for security and, of course, provide individual and group counseling to Somali and other refugees who have fled torture and war.
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Very shortly eight of our Dadaab staff will call this building "home."
During my visit I got a chance to see the new CVT residence, which is in the final days of construction. Since Dadaab is so remote, every humanitarian agency must construct its own buildings. Until now our staff have been living in tents or staying short term at the residences of other agencies.

Now that we have our own space we’ll start working on a garden. We know from our other projects that gardens can bring comfort to both survivors and those who care for them. But not much can grow in the sandy soil in Dadaab and the scrubby bushes and scattered trees don’t provide much shade from the sweltering sun. Those agencies who have been working in Dadaab for several years have planted trees and dutifully kept them watered, so now they enjoy some shade. We will need to do the same.

After nearly a year and a half of operations in Dadaab, the new residence gives our staff a place for them to cool off, rest, and clean-up. Most importantly, it’s a place that they can call “home.”

Photo: Neal PorterWith warm regards,

Neal Porter
Director of International Services

P.S. If you’d like to see what life is like in the Dadaab refugee camps, take a few minutes to watch this UNHCR video.

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Our work in Dadaab, Kenya is funded by the United States Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture.
 

 

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