helping people recover from forced displacement by strengthing community, faith and emotional well-being
Our refugee partner, United Refugee and Host Churches (URHC), established the Kakuma Interdenominational School of Mission (KISOM) back in 1997. KISOM has since graduated over one thousand men and women, most of whom are serving as pastors, evangelists and missionaries today. As it is the only school of its kind in the Kakuma region, it serves both the refugee and local host population.
Need: KISOM had been meeting in an abandoned and condemned primary school building in Kakuma refugee camp. In early 2019, IAFR built a meeting hall, two smaller rooms, a guard house and toilets on the plot of ground we helped our refugee partners purchase a couple of years earlier. While we hope to later add several classrooms and a kitchen to the grounds, we are presently giving our refugee partners some time to learn how to manage and fully utilize their new asset.
Goals: We completed phase one of the building in 2019. It includes a security perimeter, a large meeting hall, two smaller rooms, and a guard house, 4 toilets, a rain water storage system and solar power.
We will soon initiate moving on to the next phase of the building project - building a kitchen and 3 blocks of buildings with 3 classrooms each. We will let you know when we are ready to begin that fresh stage of development.
Strategy: IAFR is partnering with United Refugee and Host Churches (URHC) - our local refugee partner agency and National Council of Churches Kenya (NCCK) our partner NGO in Kakuma with building expertise.
Opportunity: Many thanks to our generous financial partners that helped us reach our goal of $96,300 for phase one of this project! Stay tuned to learn when we are ready to embark on Phase II!
Project Partners: United Refugee and Host Churches, National Council of Churches Kenya, Tyndale House Foundation, First Fruit Foundation, Northwood Community Church, National Presbyterian Church, URBANA STUDENT MISSIONS CONFERENCE (IVCF)