The main purpose of our work in Kakuma is to partner with refugee churches n ways that help people survive and recover from forced displacement. The churches with whom we partner are members of a refugee initiated association of churches called United Refugee and Host Churches (URHC). When we last visited in April, there were 83 URHC affiliated churches representing a wide diversity of denominations, nationalities and language groups.
We are already working together with URHC on several projects, most of which were initiated by the churches.
I recently received this photo from one of the URHC affiliated churches in Kalobeyei refugee settlement. About 7 miles from Kakuma, Kalobeyei hosts nearly 40,000 refugees (mostly from South Sudan). Kalobeyei was established in June 2016.
Established in 1992, the official population of Kakuma refugee camp today is nearly 186,000. Taken together, the total refugee population in the Kakuma region is a staggering 226,000 men, women and children.
We count it a privilege to partner with National Council of Churches Kenya (NCCK) in our ministry in Kenya.