On 28 June, the First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan in Nairobi, Mr. Yo Ito, officially opened a training workshop in Dadaab built to train the local youth on the Interlocking Stabilised Soil Block (ISSB) technology.
The initiative is spearheaded by Peace Winds Japan (PWJ), in cooperation with Relief Reconstruction and Development Organization (RRDO), an implementing partner of IOM.
ISSB are walling blocks made from compressed soil and are just as hard and as water-proof as cement bricks.
The programme is supported through the “Community Revitalisation Programme: Community Assistance and Stabilisation to Refugee Host-Communities in Garissa County, North-Eastern Kenya” funded by the Government of Japan.
The initiative aims to train Dadaab youth in the host community in the production of ISSB to enhance livelihood and employment opportunities.
It’s also meant to promote cheaper housing construction material and eventually protect the environment through the use of locally available raw materials. The handover ceremony was also graced by the Assistant County Commissioner Dadaab, Mr. James Wafula, Member of County Assembly, Hon. Mohamed Farah, Dadaab, community leaders from Fafi and Dadaab and representatives from RRDO, PWJ and IOM. The delegation further oversaw the production of ISSB done by a team of PWJ technicians.
“This is a great initiative to support vulnerable youth in Dadaab host community and IOM is grateful to be part of such a great initiative,” Head of Sub-Office, IOM Dadaab, Mr. Sukumar Alathur said.
Mr. Wafula pointed out that IOM has supported the production of ISSB in the past and was very grateful for the continued support. He appreciated the generous contribution from the people of Japan and hailed the partnership with IOM, PWJ and RRDO.
“I welcome the project and this is an innovative initiative and environmentally friendly. It will definitely benefit our youth in the Dadaab host community,” said Mr. Abdi, a representative from the Fafi Sub-County.
Meanwhile, the delegation attended a profiling exercise by IOM meant to identify selected beneficiaries set to benefit from livelihood activities. The implementation of the project is part of IOM’s effort and commitment in establishing and promoting effective and mutually beneficial partnership with PWJ supported by the Government of Japan.