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Working with the people

Who we are

Where we Work

Action Africa Help International (AAH-I) is a NonGovernmental Organization with over 20 years experience of working with communities living in conflict, post-conflict and other disadvantaged situations in Africa. AAH-I pursues an integrated development approach that supports communities to become self reliant and regain control over their own development.

AAH-I currently supports and facilitates health and development programmes in South Sudan, Uganda, Somalia, Zambia and Kenya.

AAH-I has also been registered in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and will soon embark on interventions targeting returning Congolese refugees. VISION Our vision is sustainable improved quality of life for disadvantaged communities in Africa. This vision is supported by the four pillars of: • Community Participation • Gender Equity • Sustainability • Capacity Building and Empowerment. MISSION Our mission is to support disadvantaged communities to sustainably improve their standard of living through community empowerment approaches in partnership with stakeholders.

AAH-I in Sudan (Southern) AAH-I has been present in Southern Sudan for the last 20 years during the civil war and after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005. The largest of AAH-I’s five country programmes, the Sudan commands a budget of with funding of about US$5 million per year, programme is helping refugees, stayees, returnees, and host communities get over the effects of war and other forms of conflict through targeted primary health care services, food and income security interventions, access to primary education, water supply and sanitation as well through capacity building programmes for peace and reintegration of refugees. The Sudan country programme operates in 12 counties in Western, Central and Eastern Equatoria States and works in partnership with the Government and people of South Sudan to implement programmes that promote quality of life and self reliance.

AAH-I in Uganda AAH-I began operations in Uganda in 1993 providing emergency care to South Sudanese refugees displaced by war. The refugee care programme has since evolved into an integrated development programme comprising of health care services, education, water and sanitation, food security and environmental management. These services have benefited both refugees and Uganda nationals living in the refugee hosting areas. AAH-I in Zambia AAH-I has been working in Zambia since 2001 as an implementing partner of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the running of a care and maintenance programme for refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in Kala and Mwange Refugee Camps. AAH-I in Somalia AAH-I has been working in Bari and KarKar Regions in the Puntland State of Somalia since 1997 in a continuum of successive projects aimed at improving primary health care services. in AAH-I’s work in the six districts of Gardo, Waiye, Iskushuban, Bender Beyla, Bosasso and Rako has resulted in the establishment of a network of primary health care infrastructure comprising of a regional hospital in Bossaso and 22 health units. “The PHC network development was, overall, an outstanding achievement, taking into account the overwhelming odds confronted and the intractable implementing context” - Independent evaluator of the Integrated PHC Project in Somalia, December 2009.

AAH-I in Kenya Apart from having its headquarters in Kenya, the country programme consists of a single project that aims at improving the standards of living of the Maasai community in the Mara Division of Narok District through provision of basic services – water and education. The project was initiated in 2006 following a PICD study that targeted 14 sub-locations in the Mara. During the process, communities developed their own Community Action Plans (CAPs) in which their needs in the two areas were identified and prioritized. Since then a substantial number of micro-projects have been successfully implemented in partnership with the community, development partners working in the area and the government with main funding from the AAH Germany Board, the constituency development fund (CDF) and other diverse sources. “When we were approached by AAH-I, we thought it was just another NGO trying to capitalize on our apathy. But this was not the case. Since then, we have been mobilized to initiate our own projects which began with the Nkoilale village nursery and now many more have come up and are being completed successfully.” - Peter Narok, Treasurer, the Mara Division Development Program (MDDP).

What we do

We work closely with communities to identify and develop programmes that promote ownership, are relevant and sustainable. AAH-I focuses on the following intervention areas in an integrated development approach that enables communities to realise better standards of living.

Basic Services - Primary Health Care, Water and Sanitation and Education Primary Health Care (PHC) For more than 20 years, AAH-I has supported delivery of accessible healthcare among communities living in conflict, in post-conflict transition, and those living in refugees’ settlements and Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps. AAH-I partners with communities to build community-based PHC programmes that offer a variety of services that include child and maternal services including promotion of immunization, health and nutrition services, curative services, and HIV/AIDS programs.

WE ARE: • Developing community capacities for health care • Strengthening management of referral hospitals as backbones of primary healthcare • Supporting training of health care workers to address acute shortages that hinder delivery of quality health care. • Strengthening government health departments to formulate sound policies and master plans and deliver on them. • Supporting the building and rehabilitation of primary health care facilities • Supporting facilities to acquire needed medical equipment, drugs and other supplies

Water and Sanitation

Education We improve access and delivery of quality education especially in places where decades of conflict have severely affected systems and infrastructure. In the refugee settlements, 10,000 school going children from both refugee and host communities to access education through construction of classrooms.

We improve access to clean and safe water and sanitation facilities by constructing boreholes, protecting wells and springs and constructing toilets especially in health facilities and schools. WE ARE: • Assisting the building and restoration of run-down facilities in post-conflict zones • Developing community capacities to initiate and manage water and sanitation activities • Working with community health educators to promote personal and environmental hygiene.

WE ARE: • Assisting to build and renovate schools and providing equipment and materials to aid learning. • Developing the capacity of the teaching staff, government education departments, and parentteacher associations through trainings and other support mechanisms. • Supporting access to education of needy children and girls. • Supporting functional adult literacy and vocational training.

Food and Income Security and Environmental Protection

Civil Society Strengthening and Peace Building We empower communities to become active participants in governance processes that promote development and peaceful co-existence in places previously dominated by armed conflict. We provide training in conflict mitigation to community groups and support a range of peace promoting activities that include use of sports, cultural performances, and information, education and communication media to disseminate relevant messages that promote development and harmonious co-existence of communities.

We work with farmers to improve their food production capacity and household livelihoods through better farming and animal husbandry practices and through income generation from small scale enterprises, agro-processing and marketing. In refugee settlements, AAH-I food security programme has moved refugees from overreliance on food rations to being able to grow their own food. WE ARE: • Improving access by farmers to essential farming inputs (seeds and tools). • Promoting small scale income generating and agro processing enterprises. • Building technical capacity for extension services at community level • Promoting access to markets and micro-finance services • Promoting environmental conservation practices such as aforestation and reforestation and use of energy saving devices. • Strengthening planning, management and coordination of State and Country Agriculture ministry staff and community leaders.

The Capacity Building for Post Conflict Re-integration (CAPOR) project was started in 2007 in South Sudan to support peaceful return and reintegration process through use of information, education and communication strategies. Youth groups are trained in use of drama, puppetry and music to disseminate peace and conflict mitigation messages and rally communities together for development.

Care and Maintenance of Refugees AAH-I’s refugee programme has worked with refugee populations in Uganda and Zambia. Beginning in the early 90s in Uganda and Zambia in 2001, the programme has evolved from emergency assistance into an integrated development programme with health care, water and sanitation, education, food security, environment and microenterprise development components. The Uganda programme has operated in the districts and settlements of Moyo & Adjumani (Palorinya & Adjumani refugee settlements), Hoima (Kyangwali refugee settlement), Masindi (Kiryandongo refugee settlement), Isingiro (Nakivale refugee settlement) and Kyenjojo (Kyaka refugee Settlement), extending assistance to communities fleeing conflict in Sudan, Congo, Rwanda Burundi. In Zambia, the programme has been implemented in Kala and Mwange Camps, targeting refugees mainly from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). UNCHR has been the main funder of AAH-I’s refugee related activities.

Repatriation of Refugees AAH-I has facilitated the repatriation of both Sudanese and Congolese refugees from Uganda and Zambia respectively since peace returned to two the countries. In Uganda, over 100,000 Sudanese refugees have been repatriated from settlements since 2007 following the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005. In Zambia, the improved political situation in DRC since 2006 has allowed AAH-I to repatriate more than 20,000 refugees.

Action Africa Help - International FAWE House, Ground Floor Chania Avenue P.O. Box 76598 00508 Nairobi, Kenya. Tel: +254-(0) 20 3007755/6 Mobile: +254 (0) 722 207726 Fax: +254 (0) 20 3007768 Email:

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