Impacting the Lives of Refugees in Africa


ADRA Cameroon are active in Minawao camp, which houses Nigerian refugees displaced by Boko Haram. ADRA selected 400 beneficiaries, and distributed to them WASH kits. The kits include soap, towels, and containers to gather and store water. Beneficiaries also attended a two-day sensitization program to learn about best practices for hygiene, maintaining a clean environment and maintaining the hygiene kits.



Chad has been welcoming refugees from Sudan, Nigeria and the Central African Republic (CAR) for a decade. ADRA Chad has helped these refugees through various projects, including through constructing a borehole to provide water, building toilets, and distributing hygiene kits.


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Ethiopia ranks fifth in terms of countries hosting the most refugees globally and is number one in Africa, hosting more than 800,000 refugees. More than half of these refugees are originally from Somalia and South Sudan. With the support of ADRA Japan, ADRA Ethiopia has provided water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) assistance to over 250,000 refugees since 2014. Their work included the construction of more than 3,500 community and household latrines, hygiene promotion and the provision of safe drinking water to protect the refugees against water borne illnesses and those associated with poor sanitation systems.




Ghana hosts around 21,000 refugees and asylum seekers, have of them from the Ivory Coast. ADRA Ghana is an implementing partner for the UNHCR, and is responsible for implementing the livelihood support programs for Ivorian refugees in three camps. The focus areas are agriculture and agro-processing, apprenticeships and skills training, and business entrepreneurship. The aim is to empower refugees and asylum seekers in the camps to increase or diversify their sources of income, and improve their livelihood assets through productive economic activities.

“Thanks to ADRA, through your intervention, I can now feed myself and save about 300 Ghana Cedis a month. I can now think of getting married and raise a family because I can provide for a family now. I feel a heavy load has been lifted off my head.”