Where: Kakuma Refugee Camp
What: IAFR is committed to a long-term partnership with the United Refugee and Host Churches (URHC) in Kakuma refugee camp. The URHC is an international and non-denominational refugee led association of the churches in the camp. Their ministries include caring for the most vulnerable people in Kakuma, church planting, youth ministries and a 3 year leadership training school.
Projects: IAFR listens to the vision of URHC and then seeks to strategically help them succeed in their mission. Some of the ways we are presently collaborating with URHC include:
We often assists URHC with leadership and pastoral training seminars in the camp.
Our on-going Bibles for Refugees project is helping to meet the extreme need for Scriptures in the camp.
Our Shelter for Refugees project was launched in April 2014 to help meet the urgent need for refugee shelters in Kakuma refugee camp due to a heavy influx of new refugees from South Sudan.
Our Rooftops for Churches project is helping provide building materials needed for church related structures (e.g. metal sheets for roofing).
Our IDP Water Project is underway and will soon to provide a much needed well in the IDP camp on the outskirts of Kakuma town. The well will provide a local source of water for the 2000 IDP as well as another 5000 local Turkana people.
Context: Located in the extreme 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 more than 150,000 men, women and children - 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.
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