Jesuit Refugee Service has accompanied and served refugees in Kakuma refugee camp for 20 years. A grant from the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration is enabling JRS to provide social services to residents of the camp in northwestern Kenya.
More than 9,400 refugees at Kakuma are direct beneficiaries of the JRS Social Service Program. Another 1,800 people benefit indirectly.
One of the objectives of the program is to improve the psychological well being of refugees in the camp while reducing the level of stress-related health problems they suffer from. Counseling services that seek to increase insight into psychological problems and enhance coping mechanisms are the primary means of achieving this goal.
To help meet their needs, JRS provides training to camp residents in basic counseling skills. Those who go on to successfully complete the next level of counseling training are hired as community counselors in the counseling department as need arises. In this way refugees are able to help themselves and their fellow camp residents.
Learn more about our work at jrsusa.org