IAFR in Kakuma

Field notes, perspectives, stories & updates from IAFR's work in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya


October 20, 2022
We gathered this morning with around 70 women from Kalobeyei refugee settlement (part of the Kakuma refugee camp system). These women have asked for training and help with small business startups to help them feed their families when rations run out every month.

IAFR Board member, Stan Diddams, offered som basic training before the women were asked to share their ideas concerning what kind of businesses they want to estabkish.

Engagement was good. Now comes the hard part.

The livelihoods program will be led and implemented by our local refugee church partner agency, URHC. They still have a lot of planning and preparation to do, but we are encouraged by the women's readiness to go to work.

Photo: A Sudanese woman asking a question during the session.
- Tom Albinson
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Building churches

October 19, 2022
Our refugee partner (URHC) toook us to visit several of the churches for which IAFR provided building materials - especially roofing materials. Two were in the host community and the other four we visited today were in the refugee camp.

This photo is of a church serving a small Turkana village called Nakwangat in the bush outside of Kakuma town. The pastor shared with me that they originally met for worship outside in the bush. They later met under the tree (photo). He expressed his thanks for those who made it possible to build this church.

Why does IAFR help with church buildings?

These churches are doing the critical work of strengthening community, faith, hope, and helping people heal from the deep inner wounds that are common in this challenging place.

Many thanks to everyone who has contributed financially to help strengthen the churches here!
- 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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