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
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
Relief agencies normally spend as much as 80% of their proceeds on logistics and supply chain, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres. KV wants to fill the gap that UN and other humanitarian agencies have in spending on logistics to reach refugees. Our innovation, again, focuses on providing fresh water, food,…Read more
Kakuma is based in the desert of the Turkana region where temperatures can exceed 45C. Water is pumped once a day and people line up – often all day- to wait and get a yellow bin of water that they use to bathe, wash clothes/dishes, and drink. This water is pumped from a well over 100m deep and the water is not only salty but sometimes contaminated. As the water sits, contamination worsens. This water is especially difficult for children to drink as they do not have the stomach to fight the bacteria. One of our first ideas was to start a water filtration business to establish a clean water source. We identified a distributor of Lifestraw water filtrations systems in Kenya and sponsored the first filter. This filter will last a few years and up to several 100k liters of water but it will only supply a small section of the refugee camp. So we need more filters. Our goal is to have these in every corner of the camp so everyone can use. This means we may need close to 100 filters. From there, we plan to purchase refrigeration so we can also have cold water. Help fund our initiative here. Our goal is to operate 10 filters by the end of the year and some refrigeration. Our goal is to raise an additional $3000 for our first active startup.