Refugee Youth Camp

Helping people survive and recover from forced displacement

IAFR sponsors an annual refugee youth camp in kakuma, kenya.

Covid-19 Update: We are saddened to report that due to the Covid-19 pandemic and related nation-wide lockdowns, Refugee Youth Camp was cancelled in both 2020 and in 2021. This has been disappointing for the youth and for those who plan this special investment in their lives. Please pray with us that Refugee Youth Camp will be possible in 2022.

The Need

Youth are among the most under served refugee populations. Their lives and identities are as complicated as their lives are challenging. Refugee churches play a critical role in their spiritual and social development. Refugee Youth Camp brings diverse kids together for four days of intense investment into their lives by pastors in the refugee camp and the surrounding host community.

$2,500 makes it possible to rent suitable space and provide food to meet the needs of up to 250 youth for 4 days of camp in Kakuma.

The Strategy

Our partner, United Refugee and Host Churches (URHC) in Kakuma plans and runs the camp. IAFR financially sponsors the camp, and when possible, we also send a team of up to 4 people to participate in camp.

Funding primarily comes from generous churches and individuals. IAFR is thankful for our partner, Northwood Community Church in Maple Grove, MN, as they have been the primary sponsor since 2014.

We would be thrilled to diversify and expand the support base of this important investment in the lives of refugee youth.


IAFR has sponsored Refugee Youth Camp for six years! Sadly, camp had to be cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We are praying camp will be possible again in 2022.

Location Served

The Goal

Refugee youth will be encouraged to hold fast to their faith in Jesus and live lives of service and integrity. Youth Camp is an important affirmation of their value to the church and community. As campers represent diverse ethnicity and tribes in the refugee camp, Youth Camp helps them discover that their shared identity in Christ transcends all other identities, including those that might otherwise be a source of hostility.

Financial Goal:
$2500/annually makes it possible for our refugee partner, United Refugee and Host Churches (URHC) to rent suitable space and provide food to meet the needs of up to 250 youth for 4 days of camp in Kakuma.

We are thankful to Northwood Community Church in Minnesota as they partner with us to sponsor the annual youth camp!


Donate to this project to stand in solidarity with the youth in Kakuma refugee camp. Your gift will help them go to camp - and serve as a tangible expression of God's goodness in their lives.

Refugee Youth Camp is held in April every year. Let's pray that this time of fellowship, learning and fun would truly encourage our refugee brothers and sisters.

If you and your church is interested in participating in Refugee Youth Camp, let us know and we can explore the possibilities together.

Strategic & Financial PartnerS

  • United Refugee and Host Churches (Kakuma)

Watch this!

Tom Albinson made this video during an annual Refugee Youth Camp in Kakuma. That year we helped our refugee partner agency rent the Angelina Jolie Primary School for Girls in Kakuma as the venue for youth camp.

Duration: 1 minute.

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