#tbt to the first time in Kakuma
On my first trip to Kakuma and the Kakuma Refugee Camp in October 2014, I taught a 2 week course in groundwater and geophysical water exploration to students who consisted of refugees and host community Turkana. This short course was part of a larger WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) program presented by the NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) IsraAID. Besides improving the overall water situation in the Camp, the program was designed to improve peoples' livelihoods by giving them the tools needed for further education, employment or internships with the Turkana County public utility, or opportunities with other NGOs working within the Camp. It was through this experience I was able to see and hear first hand the challenges of water supply in this remote corner of Kenya. It was this knowledge that prompted me to prepare the technical material for an IsraAID application for a humanitarian aid grant with the GWB (Geoscientists Without Borders) foundation of the SEG (Society of Exploration Geophysicists).
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