New pro-refugees initiative registers positive results in Kigoma

01Jan 2018
Getrude Mbago
The Guardian
New pro-refugees initiative registers positive results in Kigoma

THE newly-established Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) has started to produce a positive impact in Kakonko District, Kigoma Region with relations strengthened between the refugees and host community and social services improved in the area.

CRRF, one of two annexes to the 2016 New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, outlines a comprehensive response to large-scale movements of refugees, based on a collective approach engaging different actors and strategies to serve the population.

Several countries including Tanzania have stepped forward to implement the framework.

Speaking during a media mission visit to Kakonko District, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) Wash associate, Mukiza Florinus, said under CRRF, engagement with local government authorities has been boosted and social services like water supply also improved.

“Villagers in Kasanda, Kewe and Kazilamihunda will now start enjoying water services from the rehabilitation of two existing boreholes and repair of an existing, spring-fed concrete tank. Expansion of the tank’s tap stand network is set to be implemented by UNHCR under CRRF QUIPS (Quick Impact Projects),” Mukiza said.

“The boreholes are those drilled in village but had been defunct for several years, so their rehabilitation will include flushing, doing pump testing, and installation of new hand pumps,” he added.

Kakonko district is where the Mtendeli refugee camp is located.

According to Mukiza, the district residents will also benefit from two other boreholes to be drilled in the area by UNHCR operating partner Water Mission, which was invited to utilise part of its large private funding to support water projects in Kakonko.

Once completed, the two solar powered boreholes will act as relief to local villages, schools, and dispensaries that have been facing acute water shortages for years.

He said UNHCR in collaboration with other stakeholders will continue to strive to ensure that all the boreholes function well to maintain a constant supply of water to the area and the Mtendeli refugee camp.

“Clean water is critical to all sectors. It is an important need for any human being, so while we continue deploying new solutions to address water challenges, stakeholders also may join the efforts to enable the population in the camp and surrounding communities to have access to clean water,” he said.

Kakonko district acting director Christopher Bukombe commended UNHCR and Water Mission for their support and noted that the new and rehabilitated boreholes, storage tank and extended water distribution network will help stimulate development in the entire area.

UNHCR is a global organisation dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.

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