KISOM Building Project

Helping people survive and recover from forced displacement


Our refugee partner, United Refugee and Host Churches (URHC), established the Kakuma Interdenominational School of Mission (KISOM) back in 1997. KISOM has since graduated over one thousand men and women, most of whom are serving as pastors, evangelists and missionaries today. As it is the only school of its kind in the Kakuma region, it serves both the refugee and local host population.

The Need

For over 20 years, the Kakuma Interdenominational School of Mission (KISOM) met in whatever spaces they could find in the refugee camp, including an abandoned and condemned primary school building. In early 2019, IAFR completed phase I of the building project on a plot of ground just outside of the camp that we helped our refugee partners purchase.

We are presently giving our refugee partners some time to learn to manage and fully utilize their new asset before embarking on phase II of the project that we anticipate will include multiple classrooms and an on-site kitchen facility.

The Strategy

IAFR is partnering with United Refugee and Host Churches (URHC) - our local refugee partner agency and National Council of Churches Kenya (NCCK) our NGO partner in Kakuma. NCCK has overseen the architectural planning, local contracting and construction work as such work is among their areas of expertise in Kakuma.

The Goal

IAFR will work with URHC to add multiple classrooms and a kitchen to the KISOM campus.

The Opportunity

Many thanks to our generous financial partners that helped us reach our goal of $96,300 for phase one of this project! Stay tuned to learn when we are ready to embark on Phase II!


Phase I is complete. It includes the land, large meeting hall, 2 offices, security parameter, gate, guard house and toilet facilities. The facility is powered by solar energy. A rain water collection system and cistern help meet on site water needs.

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Strategic & Financial Partners

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