IAFR Kakuma

Field notes, stories, perspectives and updates related to our ministry in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya

Covid Emergency Response

April 13, 2021

This woman received emergency food assistance in October 2020 from IAFR and our refugee church partner

A recent surge of Covid-19 cases resulted in yet another nationwide lockdown in Kenya this month. This puts places in remote areas of the country at great risk as the usual flow of food and other goods stops. Prices increase as available items become less available. The most vulnerable cannot afford essential food items.

The national lockdown puts vulnerable people in Kakuma at great risk.

Our refugee church partners quickly asked if IAFR can help provide them with emergency food assistance for the most vulnerable in the Kakuma area. At the time of their request, we did not have any designated funding available to help. About six hours later, we received a generous and unexpected grant in the mail -designated for our work in Kakuma! God had set provision into motion even before we knew of the need! We sent enough funding to our refugee church partner (United Refugee and Host Churches) so they can purchase nonperishable food items and distribute them among those most in need. They are usually able to supply one month's worth of food to over 600 people.

What a joy and privilege to partner with God as he answers prayer!

Our refugee church partner also asked if we could help them purchase more liquid soap for their 163 churches embedded throughout the camp and host community. We did. The churches are once again serving as soap distribution centers to help protect people from an outbreak of Covid-19.

We will likely need to resupply them with soap in May as well. One 5 liter bottle of soap costs $9. We need 163 bottles. Please pray with us that God will move people to provide for this need.

CLICK HERE to donate to the Kakuma Location Fund from which we support these life-saving efforts of our refugee church partner in Kakuma.

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Photo from United Refugee and Host Churches (our refugee church partner agency in Kakuma)

- Tom Albinson

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About IAFR in Kakuma

IAFR has been serving people in Kakuma refugee camp since 2010. About 195,000 people (mostly women and children) have found temporary refuge here from war, persecution and gross violations of human rights.

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

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

Our Partners

We partner with United Refugee and Host Churches (URHC) - a refugee initiated association of over 160 churches from within the camp and surrounding host community.

We also partner with National Council of Churches Kenya (NCCK), an exceptional humanitarian agency.

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