LWB began implementing the Ideas Box the African Great Lakes region in February 2014. Three Ideas Box have been deployed since in partnership with UNHCR in Congolese Refugee camps in Burundi: in Musasa, Kavumu and Bwagiriza and one mobile Ideas Box is shared between two communities in Makamba where returnees have settled with support of the UNDP.
After only 6 months of operation, the feedback from the field was very positive. With over 24,000 visits in three months and nearly 3,300 registered users, the first two Ideas Box deployed to refugee camps in Burundi (Kavumu and Musasa) have proven hugely successful.
Community ownership of the device, its decisive support of education and the protection of children is already a certainty. Already, a fifth Ideas Box deployment is foreseen, and preparatory tasks for the expansion of the program to the DRC and Kenya took place in 2014.
- The refugees living in the camps of Musasa, Kavumu and Bwagiriza (approximately 15,000 people)
- The youth from the village of Makamba