After the results from the 2007 election, riots ensued throughout many parts of Kenya leaving over 600,000 families to flee from their homes in fear of their lives. Once the violence ended, too afraid to return to their homes, hundreds of thousands of civilians sought refuge on barren land, in tiny tents donated by the UN. These people are better referred to as Settled Internally Displaced People (SIDP). The SIDP Program in Kenya is located about an hour outside of Nairobi where about 600 families reside.
Within the SIDP camps themselves, there are many ongoing projects, all intended to better the lives of the SIDP's through sustainable education, employment and financial opportunities. Volunteers have the chance to teach at the school for SIDP children, continue the development of sustainability programs such as gardening, farming and water sanitisation, work on construction sights - community hall, medical clinic, and fencing or run small medical clinics for the people of the SIDP camp.
There is some flexibility here for volunteers to be involved in various parts of the SIDP camp development and a great opportunity to build relationships with those living in the camp.