Refugees living in Kalobeyei camp in Turkana are a happy lot as construction of permanent houses is underway before they move in.
The project is partnership between UN Habitat and United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) which will see about 2,000 permanent houses put up at the refugee camp.
The refugees will be able to choose the type of house they want as well as access to funds to enable them purchase building materials.
Speaking from UNHCR head offices in Kenya, Mr. Sukru Cansizoglu said that “We intend to complete the houses by the end of this year. The houses will also have individual latrines as opposed to communal ones currently existing,”
The refugee camp which is divided into three villages currently has a population of 38,122 refugees. It is estimated that the 2,000 houses will accommodate about 8,000 families.
The project will be implemented on a cash basis aims to build about 8,000 houses by 2025.
At the moment construction in village one has begun. The project will be implemented in phases with each phase estimated to take four years.
UN refugee agencies have partnered with world famous architect Mr. Shigeru Ban to come up with suitable designs to be used for large scale construction.
The project consist the use of wooden frames and burnt bricks.