ADRA and Better Shelter
The Kyaka II Refugee Settlement, a refugee camp in Kyegegwa District in western Uganda, was established in 2005 to receive the remaining population of the Kyaka I Refugee Settlement following the mass repatriation of Rwandan refugees in the same year. Following the repatriation, Kyaka I was closed after 21 years in operation. When violence resumed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in mid-December 2017, there was a new refugee influx into Uganda, with an estimated 17,000 people arriving at Kyaka II. The settlement’s population had grown to almost 45,000 by early 2018.
The implementation of the Better Shelter units is part of a Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) program run by ADRA. The organisation provides increased access to safe sanitation facilities, knowledge and best practices for refugees as well as the host community in the Kyaka II refugee settlement. SPHERE standards state a household of up to five people should have at least 15 litres of clean water per day and person, and at least two water containers of 10-20 liters.
The project ensures that households that previously received only one jerrycan of clean water per day (or even no water at all) will receive two. Beneficiaries are selected according to UNHCR guidelines and practices and in coordination and cooperation with the WASH Cluster, as well as with leaders and beneficiaries in the four receiving zones of Kyaka II. The Better Shelter units will function as office space and give staff and volunteers a space where they can carry out administrative tasks for the project.
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is an international network with operations in more than 140 countries. It delivers relief, education, health and employment to millions of people regardless of their ethnicity, political affiliation, or religious association.
LocationKyaka II Refugee Settlement, Uganda
Number of units8 (plus two frames)
PurposeAdministration hub for WASH volunteers, for hygiene and sanitation sensitisation and record keeping, as well as meeting centre for refugees and the host community