(Washington, D.C.) October 6, 2014 — One of the objectives of the Jesuit Refugee Service programs in Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya is to improve the psychological well-being of and the reduction of stress-related health problems of refugees at the camp.
A grant from the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration provides most of the funds for the program at the camp in northwestern Kenya. Currently, the camp is home to nearly 170,000 refugees according the United Nations refugee agency.
Jesuit Refugee Service began work in Kakuma refugee camp in 1994 to respond to the thousands of refugees fleeing the civil war in Sudan. JRS provides refugees with the opportunity to build new skills for life outside the camp, through a psychosocial counseling and vocational training program, as well as support for primary, secondary and higher education.