Ban said he got involved after hearing about the immense challenges facing humanitarian agencies in providing shelter to tens of thousands of refugees arriving in the area from countries such as South Sudan.
The architect visited the Kalobeyei settlement and met with refugees and the local community and looked at the existing structures housing thousands of displaced people, to help assess their needs.
Over 37,000 refugees, mainly from South Sudan and Somalia, are living in Kalobeyei.
He said, “The key thing will be to design and construct shelter where no or little technical supervision is required, and use materials that are locally available. It’s important that the houses can be easily maintained by inhabitants.”
He also noted that it was important to him to learn about how local people construct and to transfer his knowledge and experience of providing disaster-related shelter.
The design will be tested on 20 shelters first, and if successful will be rolled out to replace existing structures. County officers and representatives from the refugee and host community will have an input in the design process.
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