CARE International has been operational in Kenya since 1968. We currently carry out major initiatives in our Health, HIV and AIDS Sector , Livelihoods,Group Savings and Loans, Emergency assistance and our Refugee Assistance Program, with an average annual budget of approximately USD 27 million, although with the 2011 drought emergency the, budget reached $40 million.
CARE is one of the lead agencies under the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and World Food Programme (WFP), for water & hygiene, food distribution, and formal education in the three refugee camps in Dadaab, near the Kenya-Somalia border. As of 15th January 2012, the refugee population in Dadaab was 463,322 refugees.
CARE also carries out significant activities in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), climate change adaptation, social protection and community managed disaster risk reduction. Our main office is in Nairobi, and our priority regions are Nyanza Province (with a sub-office in Kisumu), Kibera in Nairobi, North Eastern Province (sub-offices in Garissa, Dadaab, and Takaba) and Marsabit and Embu in Eastern province. As a result of the wide scope of our programme, CARE Kenya keeps growing, and by January 2012, there were 602 local staff.