IAFR Kakuma

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

Drought

March 31, 2022

The solar powered borehole opened in 2021

The remote northwestern region of Kenya is a semi-desert. But for the region to have had no substantial rain for the past two years is rare even there. The situation is becoming life-threatening. I received the following word from our NGO partner in Kakuma refugee camp.

"The drought is hitting very hard on both human and livestock. The current situation is a bit worrying with most of the water sources drying up."

Our partner went on to share that...

"The IAFR borehole is currently serving over 75% of the residents of Kakuma."

Kakuma refugee camp has a population of over 200,000 people - mostly women and children. Kakuma town has a population of over 60,000. The IAFR borehole is keeping well over 195,000 people there with access to water.

When we finished the water project in the fall of 2021, we did not know the region was heading into severe drought. We pursued the project because we knew it would provide a local supply of clean water to a community in desperate need of it. We were thrilled when we learned that we had struck the highest yielding source of water in the area. The quality of the water was excellent too.

Now we thank God for the critical role this borehole is playing in the lives of the people living in Kakuma town and in Kakuma refugee camp.

But the region is in deep trouble if the rains continue to fail. Please join us in praying for life-giving rain to fall upon 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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