Turkana Friends Mission Director John Moru and Friends Church Peace Team (FCPT) coordinator Getry Agizah recently distributed ten new sewing machines to Friends women in Kakuma Refugee Camp, the largest refugee camp in the world, with nearly 200,000 people currently sheltering there. Thanks to the outreach efforts of the Turkana Friends Mission, Friends now have four churches inside the camp.
These sewing machines were donated by Transforming Community for Social Change (TCSC), a key partner organization of Friends Church Peace Team. TCSC and FCPT often work closely together to carry out development, peace, and justice work in Kenya.
The foot-powered sewing machines were distributed to ten women in Kakuma Friends Church and Kalobeyei Friends Church, the newest Friends Church in the vast refugee camp complex. This donation will not only create business opportunities for women in the camp, but will also provide an opportunity to share the gospel message as they invite more refugee women to come and learn new dressmaking skills. This initiative will promote evangelism within the Kakuma refugee camp and also promote peace and cohesion among women refugees from South Sudan, Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda.
While the machines were distributed, the women also had a session to equip them with knowledge about the importance of adhering to health guidelines amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. They were encouraged to take advantage of their skills to make reusable cloth masks for their use and for the use of those around them. Additionally, there are two women from the church who have learned how to make liquid soap. FCPT is working towards promoting their skills by providing 100 litres of soap so that these women can also be empowered financially.
FCPT and their partners are making a valuable impact in the lives of those in trying and marginalized situations. Thank you for being part of this important ministry!