Kakuma is a town in the north-western region of Kenya. The town has hosted the Kakuma Refugee Camp since 1992. This camp currently serves over 179,000 people who have fled wars and violence in neighboring countries. People of all ages live in Kakuma - from Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, DRC, Rwanda, Burundi, Eritrea and Uganda. The largest group are Somalian - at 44.5% of the community - followed by the South Sudanese at 33.7%.
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Although 55% of the refugees in Kakuma are children, over half of the school-age children do not attend school. Factors impacting school attendance include child labor, cultural barriers, lack of resources, family needs, and marrying young. Why? Refugees flee their homes due to war, conflict, and persecution. Many are separated from their families and friends and have no options to support themselves other than to rely on aid. Children regularly make the journey to Kakuma camp alone.
What's better than learning about global issues directly from people living in those countries?
Although people are charmed by the fact we offer free knowledge, we'd like to stress that we do much more than simply offering free education via Skype. This project allows students from across the world to connect with refugees which gives them a the right perspective of refugees' lives. Students from 6 continents are able to have a chat about culture, hobbies, habits and religion. This intercultural exchange allows teachers to bring empathy into their classrooms.
Project Kakuma will team up with Maggie Program in the set up of two Maggie shelters in the Kakuma refugee camp. This school will be dedicated to our Skype project, teacher training, coding for girls and video lessons.