IAFR Dzaleka

Field notes, stories, perspectives and updates related to our ministry in Dzaleka Refugee Camp, Malawi

Visiting Again

September 17, 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have not been able to visit our refugee partners in Dzaleka in nearly 2 years. Although we have continued to walk hand-in-hand with them during this time, we have always longed to see each other face to face. In normal circumstances, we hope and plan to visit Dzaleka at least twice in each calendar year, and we are excited that the doors have opened for us to hopefully visit again in October and November of this year. We will be closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and guidelines of both the US, Malawi, and the UNHCR in Dzaleka, but as it stands now, we are moving ahead in faith that these 2 visits can happen.

Our visit in October will be focused on spending time with our refugee church partners. These churches have carried a heavy burden in the community over the past year, providing physical, spiritual, and emotional care for families during the pandemic. We look forward to worshiping together, praying together, and even lamenting together at what has been lost. Our November visit will be focused on continuing to invest in trauma counseling and trauma recovery in the refugee community. We hope to provide more updates to the blog during each of these trips.

- Jake Tornga

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About IAFR in Dzaleka

IAFR has been serving people in Dzaleka Refugee Camp since 2009. About 50,000 people (mostly women and children) have found temporary refuge here from war, persecution, and gross violations of human rights.

We visit Dzaleka 2-3 times annually, during which time this blog is most active.

Visit the Dzaleka page on the IAFR.org website to learn more!

Our Partners

We partner with There Is Hope - a local Christian agency founded by a former refugee serving people in the camp and surrounding host community. We also partner directly with refugee churches in the camp.

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