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 completed the building of a security perimeter, a large meeting hall, two offices and a shelter for on site security in January 2019. We are now building 4 toilets, a rain water storage system and the installation of solar power for the campus.
Once that is complete, we will move on to the next phase of the building project - building 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: IAFR is partnering with United Refugee and Host Churches (URHC) - our local refugee partner agency and National Council of Churches Kenya (NCCK) our partner NGO in Kakuma with building expertise.
Opportunity: Many thanks to our generous financial partners that helped us reach our goal of $70,000 for phase one of this project! Stay tuned to learn when we are ready to embark on Phase II!