Connectivity – Wifi Hotspot
Kakuma Refugee Camp is located in a remote area far away from major cities in Kenya with less adequate roads and ICT infrastructure. Close to 200,000 refugees live in Kakuma and Kalobeyei and they are constrained to limited freedom of movement.
Based on our estimates, 98% of young people who are pursuing their higher education and professional courses are enrolled in online programs to pursue their education without leaving the camp. However, connectivity to the internet remains expensive and unreliable inside the camp for individuals and businesses to get connected to the rest of the world either for business, information, communication or learning. Students learning online are the most affected.
The few learning centers in the camp that provide access to connectivity for learning, are located at distance, they are crowded with limited access, and they only operate during business hours when the heat is at pick. Some students in the camp have family responsibilities, run businesses or work somewhere. Students, businesses and individuals need a flexible access to a reliable connectivity at a better price to do their online activities from their businesses, home, or neighborhoods at their convenient time either during the day or at night. This way, students save time, money and energy traveling to learning centers to access education.
Massive Flooding in Kakuma
There is massive flooding in Kakuma following heavy rains in the region. Kakuma soil is believed to be unpenetratable by water and poor drainage system is worsening the situation. Bridges and roads linking to major cities are flooding causing a delay and shortage of supplies delivery to the camp. Roads aroumd the camp are unpassable…Read more
About the Grand Challenges Humanitarian Application
From the website: http://www.grandchallenges.ca/funding-opportunities/ Grand Challenges Canada is dedicated to supporting Bold Ideas with Big Impact®. Funded by the Government of Canada and other partners, Grand Challenges Canada funds innovators in low- and middle-income countries and Canada. The bold ideas Grand Challenges Canada supports integrate science and technology, social and business innovation – known as…Read more
Our application for Grand Challenges is about a new logistics and supply chain model for the camp. Kakuma Ventures Mission: Building a logistics and supply chain center for small businesses focused on basic living needs of those in a refugee camp. Our goal is to start businesses that use existing technology to solve food, water,…Read more