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Progress on the Opening of the Community Technology Access Centre in Kakuma

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Progress on the Opening of the Community Technology Access Centre in Kakuma

UNHCR SO Kakuma, 17 Aug 2011

On 17 August UNHCR Kakuma hosted a visit by Mr. Allan Torrie, president and CEO of Morneau Shepell, a Canadian human resource consulting company which is emerging as one of Kakuma's primary private donors. Morneau Shepell is currently funding the construction of a Community Technology Access Centre (CTA), which will provide computer literacy training and advanced courses in the IT field to refugees in Kakuma. The CTA is expected to begin operation in the coming months and will be managed by UNHCR's implementing partner, Salesians of Don Bosco. It is hoped the centre will be expanded to incorporate other vocational training programs.

During his brief stay in Kakuma Mr. Torrie also visited the Reception Centre, spoke to recent arrivals who had just been settled in the camp community, and had a tour of Don Bosco's vocational training centre.

Mr. Torrie assured UNHCR that Morneau Shepell will continue its efforts to raise funds to support the refugee operation in Kakuma, and at present the company is working to raise money to construct a girls' boarding school to provide secondary education to refugees in Kakuma.