Making facemasks to help refugees stay safe in Kenya
The travel restrictions extended to the country’s two main refugee camps, Dadaab and Kakuma, near the Sudanese border. Although there were exceptions—humanitarian aid workers, who were allowed entry on a case-by-case basis, and trucks delivering food aid—refugees were not allowed to travel out of the area.
In crowded Kakuma Camp—home to 190,000 refugees from across sub-Saharan Africa—social distancing was essentially impossible. Recognizing the urgent need for facemasks, the refugee-led organization Resilience Action International (RAI) partnered with Ipas to quickly begin making masks for elders, disabled people, single mothers, female entrepreneurs and others in need. With Ipas’s support, RAI purchased face mask-making material and hired tailors to make 3,300 masks, a task completed in three weeks.
Xawo Ducale receives protective face masks in Kakuma Camp, Kenya.
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