According to the UNHCR, more than 65 million people are now living displaced from their homes – the most since World War 2. More than 25 million of these people are refugees to other countries.
Welcome to your kitchen!
This is where you will work in the Reception Centre at Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya.
Outside the fence (which our ALWS family built) are more than 183,000 refugees.
The good news is you don’t have to cook for all of them. Your job today is simply to prepare lunch for the 1,211 new arrivals the LWF team you support has welcomed at this Reception Centre.
Helping you cook lunch today is Regina. Regina is a refugee from South Sudan, and as you two stir lentils together, she tells you why she left:
“I came here from South Sudan in 2014. Life was good there. It was one of the best places to live. We had goats, cows and chickens. There was plenty of food.
Before, it was very peaceful. But then the war began. There was a lot of fighting. There were bombs coming from the sky. When the bombs started dropping, the children were not at peace. They couldn’t go to school. They saw a lot of very bad things, and saw our neighbours die.
That is when we decided we must leave. So we could find peace, and they could have an education.”
Regina’s journey to Kakuma was far harder than yours.
Her husband was a fighter in the conflict, and stayed behind. Regina gathered up the children, and they walked for two days out of the bush. When they found a road, they were given a ride with the cattle on the back of a truck. They reached South Sudan’s capital, Juba, and stayed there two months before they could find a way to continue. A kindly lorry-driver gave them a lift to Nadapal, over the border in Kenya.
Here, an LWF team you help support, welcomed them with food, water and sleeping mats at the Nadapal Transit Centre.
“I was praying very hard God will bring me a job because I did not have any money to help my children.
I kept coming here asking for a job. They kept saying no. But I kept asking and asking.
I begged the Officer, even if you don’t pay me, let me work here for just a little extra food I can give my children.
I worked for one month without pay. They saw my efforts, and my good work, and so they gave me a job.
My biggest priority is education for my children. I will do whatever I have to do, go wherever I have to go, so they can have a stable education.”
Now, it is time for you and Regina to serve the lunch you have cooked. The line is already long, the children hungry.
1,211 people who lost everything enjoy a hot meal because of your kindness.
Regina speaks for all when she says to you:
“I want to say thank you very much to the people who give. You really help us so much.
There are children here who have lost their parents, but at the end of each day they have a plate of food because of you.
God bless you.”
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Kakuma Refugee Camp was built as a temporary camp, but is now home to more than 185,000 people (UNHCR – March
In 2017, your support included:
- 21,866 new arrivals welcomed at the Reception Centre
- 13,695 children enrolled in 13 Early Childhood centres
- 235 children with disabilities supported at ECD centre
- 7 classrooms constructed
- 351 parents trained to support their children with disabilities
- tanks and boreholes improve water system
- 300 local motorcycle riders trained as ‘taxis’.
At Dadaab Refugee Camp near the Kenyan border with Somalia, your help in 2017 included:
- helping 700 students improve language skills to increase their learning
- 47 cooks trained and certified for the School Meals Feeding Program
- 250 older persons supported with mats, mosquito nets and counselling
- 400 people with disabilities supported to enhance their comfort and dignity
- 100 people with disabilities received assistive and mobility devices
- 30 rehabilitation staff trained.
In 2017 ALWS granted loans to help two of our new neighbours settling in Australia, including to help a South Sudanese father
reunite with his young children from Africa.