Delivery of Humanitarian Shelter in Urban Areas- The Case of "Kass", The Kabul Area Shelter and Settlement Project as a model

The Kabul Area Shelter and Settlement (KASS) Project was designed to provide shelters in an urban environment, existing resources were able to be consolidated and improved, people were able to live in areas close to employment and family, and not relegated to satellite suburbs or cities where they could feel displaced and separate from the community. People were given the opportunity to live where they wanted to live, and this resulted in a 100% occupancy rate. Funded by USAID/OFDA and implemented by CARE, the completed KASS project provided 3, 774 households safe, adequate and habitable shelters, and an overall total of 6, 625 households in seven districts of Kabul benefited directly from integrated shelter activities, including safe water supplies, sanitation, roads graveling, ditch drainage, health education, hazard preparedness and mitigation training, and support of local governance activities. Essentially, a successful shelter intervention must include strategies for good governance that focus on increasing people's understanding of their rights and responsibilities, as well as enhance the ability of authorities to listen to the needs of the people, that encourage all to find solutions to problems that affect everyone.