Kakuma town is located in northwestern Kenya, near the border of Sudan. It is the hosting community of the Kakuma refugee camp established in 1991. The camp hosts close to 185,000 refugees, mostly migrants from the civil war in South Sudan. Many in the Kakuma Camps are long-term refugees, living in hopelessness and desperation. Malnutrition, communicable disease outbreaks, and malaria are all ongoing problems. The “Lost Boys of Sudan” were a special group who were resettled from the camp to the U.S. in recent years.
The Ed Colina Foundation is currently assisting the host community with construction of classrooms in the poorest and most remote areas of Kakuma. The Foundation is coordinating their services through the Catholic Diocese of Lodwar and Kakuma Mission Hospital. Plans for new classrooms in the area of Nakoyos have been approved and will begin construction in 2018. A relationship has been forged with US parish, St. Timothy in Union KY. Construction of the new Nakhoyo Classroom and church space was recently completed (09/1/2018)