KISOM - A School of Mission

KISOM Building Project

helping people recover from forced displacement by strengthing community, faith and emotional well-being


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.

Need: KISOM has been meeting in an abandoned primary school building in Kakuma refugee camp. But the building is in ruines. Anywhere else, the present building would be marked "Off Limits" due to structural weakness and related dangers.

Goals: We helped URHC purchase property for KISOM in 2016. We are partnering with URHC and NCCK to build a security perimeter, a large meeting hall, 2 offices and housing for on site security in 2018. The next phase of development will be to build 3 blocks of buildings with 3 classrooms each. We will let you know when we are ready to begin that fresh stage of development.

Strategy: In October 2016, our financial partners made it possible to help URHC purchase property just outside of the refugee camp in a central location suitable for its needs. Building is now in progress on the property.

Opportunity: You can help us raise the $70,000 needed to build the 3 classrooms, the meeting hall, office, sanitation facilities and security perimeter. As of 11/2018, we have received $70,110 toward our goal! Many thanks to our generous financial partners for making this project a reality!

Project Partners: United Refugee and Host Churches, National Council of Churches Kenya, Tyndale House Foundation, First Fruit Foundation, Northwood Community Church, National Presbyterian Church

Photos of building progress below:

2018 12 13 KISOM 900x

Above: KISOM building as of December 2018

 2018 10 KISOM 900x

Above: KISOM building as of October 2018

2018 old KISOM bldg

Above: The old KISOM building (an abandoned and condemned refugee primary school)

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