Field notes, perspectives, stories & updates from IAFR's work in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya
Our shipment of over 600 Bibles arrived in Kakuma refugee camp this month. None are in English. At the request of refugee churches in the camp, we sent Turkana, Amharic, Arabic, Kinyarwanda and Swahili Bibles to them. We're thankful for the privilege of partnering with United Refugee and Host churches in Kakuma - an association of over 160 diverse churches from the camp and surrounding host community. They tell us what languages they need. They handle the logistics of distribution when shipments arrive (see above photo from URHC's Bible distribution this month).
Furthermore, we partner with Biblica in Nairobi to order Bibles - and with the National Council of Churches Kenya (NCCK) to transport the Bibles from Nairobi to Kakuma. By working together with these partners, the project keeps moving forward.
We've provided nearly 20,000 Bibles to these churches since the project began back in 2012. With a population of around 200,000 refugees, the need for Bibles continues to be great in the camp - especially as new refugees continually arrive and some refugees either return home or find another solution to their displacement. You can provide a Bible in the mother tongue of a refugee for $16 (including all costs of obtaining a Bible and it to remote northwestern Kenya).
CLICK HERE to learn more and donate a Bible today!
After five years of trying to drill a suitable well in the semi-desert of Kakuma, Kenya, we are soooo happy to share this video showing the joy of success at last! The water quality appears to be excellent. The well seems to have high yield.
Plenty of work remains to be done. A solar pump and miles of pipe will be built to channel the flow into a local reservoir. The water will then be pumped out to the community of 4,000 internally displaced people in an IDP camp near town. We will then build "kiosks" - small buildings offering taps from which people can access the water.
Our friends have prayed for water ever since they were forced to flee their homes due to post election violence back in 2007-2008. They have not had a local source of clean water. But this will soon change.
Many thanks to our generous financial partners who have made this project possible. Lives will be changed. Health will improve as the people finally have access to clean water. The women and children there will no longer need to make the multi-mile walk in search of water elsewhere. The people will know that God sees and hears and cares for them.
What a joy to participate with God in his answer to their prayers!
The Kenya Water Project has gone through some changes since it was launched in 2012. Click here for the latest update and learn how our prayers are being answered as the IDP will soon have water - and how God is doing more than we imagined back at the start!
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!
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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