Molo IDPs Support Coordination Committee women are happy to receive sanitary towels(MISCC) is an initiative of local civil society organizations that brings together representatives of IDPs, camp managers, host pastors and the civil societies that provides support to IDPs when in the camps and during resettlement. MISCC values participatory decision making and therefore organizes fortnightly consultative forums that brings together representatives of IDPs, civil societies and other stakeholders to deliberate on the situations of the IDPs, challenges and come up with action plans. It is in these forums that the need for the interventions were identified.

The initiative towards support of the IDPs was reached after a meeting with the IDPs’ representatives. During the meeting various needs facing the IDPs were identified. Most of the camps which were formed indefinitely happened to be at church compounds, with little or no facilities capable of serving the large population.

Due to the increased (high) population at camps with inadequate facilities, the need for Health and sanitation was a major challenge. MISCC therefore intervened and supported the IDP’s in different ways to help improve living conditions. Through support from local and international partners, MISCC was able to support 1571 women and girls with sanitary towels and 567 families with soap and detergents.

A child is shaved at SDAcampBesides these, it made arrangements with Molo Town Council to exhaust toilets, which was done routinely after every three weeks. It is important to note that most of the churches have few and shallow toilets which are meant to serve a congregation of about 150 or less for two or three hours every Sunday but now have to cope with the large population camping in the compound.

Water supply was a big challenge in the camps. IDPs hardly had enough for domestic use, washing etc. MISCC made arrangements with the Nakuru Rural Water and Sanitation Company and facilitated delivery of the same in tankers in camps and schools to ease lives of the IDPs. It further intervened in general hygiene of the children in the camps and made arrangements on routine shaving to avoid breeding of lice. 958 children benefited from this service every three weeks.

During consultative forum the need for establishing nursery schools in camps was identified to cater for children between the age of three and five years who were not attending any school. While primary and secondary school students were placed in schools within the urban centre of Molo, the nursery school children had not been taken care of. MISCC helped in establishment of five nursery schools in the camps that benefited 270 children: Kenya Assemblies of God (46 children), Seventh Day Adventist Church (55 children), Good News Church (75 children), Charismata Church (48 children) and Pentecostal Assemblies of God Church (46children).

Nurseries were provided with stationery, equipment, uniform andNursery school children in in full uniform at Charismata Camp allowances for the teachers. MISCC also supports lunch feeding programme for the children. The uniform included a pair of shoes, pullover and a cap to cater for the cold weather in Molo areas. Besides catering for the children, this programme created job opportunity for the parents who were given the responsibility of knitting the sweaters and caps on contract. Towards the lunch programme, MISCC equipped every nursery with a big sufuria (pot) and supplied high nutritive porridge flour and sugar. Further a blackboard, exercise books, pencils, rubbers and sharpeners were provided to every nursery school.

Towards the primary school, challenges seemed to worsen due to the increased population. Most of the classes were congested with no desks and the schools did not have other related facilities like toilets etc to be in a position to attend the large population. MISCC organized fact finding visits to various schools in Molo to identify how the schools were coping with increased population and the challenges they faced. Congestion andNew desks provided at Kambala Primary School in Molo inadequate desks were identified as the major challenge and to alleviate this situation, MISCC supported the schools in making of additional fourty desks each. The schools that benefited were Moto primary, St. Mary’s Boys, Kambala and Tayari primary. Another support to the schools was exhaustion of toilets and water supply. 39 candidates for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education and one for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education were assisted in paying examination fees. Two students (Susan Nyaboke and Alex Njoroge) were supported to join Njenga Karume Secondary School in form one and two respectively.

MISCC also supported Ndung’u a student at Moi university with Kshs. 2000, Joseph Ng’ang’a of Kisumu Polytechnic with Kshs 5000 and Makori of University of Nairobi with Kshs 5000 as transport and subsistence as they rejoined college.

Despite all many challenges faced in the camps, blessing Women who received baby care items at Good News Campalso were part of camp life. New babies were born and welcomed in the camp day after the other. However the parents did not have finances for the baby care materials and sometimes hospital bills. MISCC was not left behind in welcoming these new borns. They provided soap and detergents; clothing

and other necessary baby care items not forgetting paying the hospital bill for the mothers. Under this support, over 24 women benefited

“Necessity is the mother of invention,” despite the misery life in the camps, normal life had to continue. Food being one basic need for human beings: we are what we eat; families were also provided with food. Cooking fuel (firewood) was not readily available in the camps, which were in town.

Of loading of firewood at Saw Mill campThe coping strategy for the IDPs was to use maize stovers and other peoples’ fences. But this still wasn’t enough and in many situations was inappropriate especially for boiling dry maize and beans. MISCC in collaboration with the Molo District Commissioner and the Forest Department provided firewood to all the camps and this also benefited the nursery-feeding programme. Other support services provided by MISCC included transportation of supplies from other stakeholders like Red Cross and Tumaini na Undugu to the camps, settling of hospital bills and support for coffins to relatives of the departed IDP’s who passed away while in camps.

On 9th March 2008, MISCC organized a luncheon for 105 orphaned children together with their guardians. This was meant to show them loveand recognition within the society.

MISCC also supported in reinforcing the security within the camps. They supported KAG and Apostolic camp in extension of electric light to serve the tents in the night to discourage any unbecoming behavior that could crop-up within the camps. Other than extension support the MISCC gave support in settling of electricity bills. Most of the church bills increased greatly and church members were not in a position to meet the charges.

KAG camp, Apostolic and Good News camps had their electricity bills settled by MISCC.

Besides light extension, the committee gave support to the IDPs through provision of identification cards. These cards helped in curbing cheating cases among IDPs. The ID cards helped the IDPs to get health care from Molo District Hospital with subsidized charges.

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