Helping people survive and recover from forced displacement

Our Mission

Video from Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya
We are helping refugees and internally displaced people (IDP) survive and recover from forced displacement in Kenya. We are doing this in partnership with United Refugee and Host Churches (URHC) - an association of over 60 churches from within Kakuma refugee camp and the surrounding host community.

We break the isolation of our brothers and sisters through regular visits to the camp. We work to connect the refugee churches in Kakuma with the church-at-large in ways that help meet their needs and accomplish their mission. The result is that we are all blessed, challenged and inspired as we partner together.
Check out our IAFR Kenya Blog dedicated to our ministry in Kenya!

Ministry Context

Located in the remote northwest of Kenya, Kakuma refugee camp was established in the early 1990s in response to wars and violence in the region. The refugee camp population presently includes around 200,000 women, children and men - most of whom originated from Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia, D.R. Congo, Eritrea, Uganda, Burundi, and Rwanda. Kakuma is among the largest refugee camps in the world.

Turkana West IDP Camp is also located near Kakuma town and is home to about 2,000 women, children and men who were displaced by post election violence in Kenya back in 2007. They live in extreme poverty, with no local supply of water and very little support from the government and international community.

In mid 2016, the Kenyan government opened a new refugee settlement called Kalobeyei about 7 miles from Kakuma. It is clear no one expects the number of refugees in the region to decrease any time soon.

The ministries of URHC (our refugee partner) include caring for the most vulnerable people in Kakuma, church planting, youth ministries and a 3 year leadership training school.

We thank God for our close partnership with National Council of Churches, Kenya (NCCK) in Kakuma!

More Information: IAFR Kenya Blog | BBC Country Profile | UNHCR

Projects in Kenya

Bibles for Refugees

Kakuma refugee camp is host to over 200,000 women, children and men, many of whom are Christians. Few churches in the camp have access to more than a handful of Bibles. We are working to provide at least one Bible for every Christian household in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya.

Shelter for Refugees

Hundreds of thousands of Kenyans were displaced by post-election violence in 2007. 2,000 of these women, children and men are living in the extremely difficult conditions of Turkana West IDP Camp on the outskirts of the town of Kakuma town in remote northwestern Kenya. They are in desperate need of shelter. We are helping provide shelter for refugees and internally displaced people (IDP) in Kakuma, Kenya.

KISOM Building Project

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 region, it serves both the refugee and local host population.

We are committed to helping URHC purchase property and build suitable structures for KISOM in Kakuma. URHC is planning to build a large meeting hall, 3 classrooms and an office in 2017.

IDP Water Project

An IDP camp in Kakuma, Kenya, has no water local supply. They have to walk several miles under the burning sun to fetch water in plastic jerry cans. Not only is it hard work, it is also dangerous for the children who are often given the task. We are working to provide a sustainable source of water for 2,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) living near Kakuma, Kenya.

Refugee Youth Camp

Refugee youth are among the least supported groups in refugee contexts. Our refugee partner, United Refugee and Host Churches (URHC), holds an annual Refugee Youth Camp in Kakuma that invests in their faith and encourages them to lead whole and healthy lives. By bringing a diverse group of youth together, Youth Camp also plays an important role in peace building as the youth learn that they can live in peace with one another.

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.

Trauma Care Training

It is nothing short of traumatic to be forced to flee your home and country. Trauma is often compounded while living in refugee camps, vulnerable and uprooted. Refugee pastors and church leaders need understanding and tools to care for the people within their faith communities that suffer from unresolved trauma. In partnership with Wheaton College and the Humanitarian Disaster Institute, we are training and equiping refugee pastors and church leaders to better understand and care for traumatized people.

Ministry Locations

A Movement of Hope

Let’s make a difference together!

There are over 65 million forcibly displaced children, women and men in the world. That's 1 in every 113 people alive today. Another 34,000 people are uprooted every day. The last time there were this many refugees was during World War 2.
Three reasons why we refuse to lose hope.
First, God is alive and well along the refugee highway today. Second, Refugees are more than people in need. They are an important part of the solution. And third, God has begun a worldwide movement of his people to welcome and love refugees.

Learn more below.
Discover how you can help refugees survive and recover from forced displacement by providing them with shelter, water, Bibles, church buildings, schools, specialized training and more!
Whether by joining the support team of one of our missionaries or by joining one of our teams yourself, you can show up in the lives of refugees. Explore the unique work of IAFR in Africa, Europe and the USA.
When it comes to helping people survive and recover from forced displacement, our team is our greatest asset. We think you will agree. Get to know the IAFR team now.

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