Training and Support of Unaccompanied Minors
The Waldorf Kakuma Project
Servant Forge (SF) partners with Waldorf Kakuma project to support and improve the lives of more than 10,000 unaccompanied minors in the Kakuma Refugee Camp. Waldorf operates child-friendly spaces (CFSs) where it provides non-traditional educational and development opportunities for vulnerable refugee children in the Kakuma Refugee Camp.
Through the partnership, SF and NCO provides financial support to Waldorf that cover salaries for some of their teachers and four Nazarene spiritual development teachers.
Milestones, Achievements & Impact:
- Purchase of a staff vehicle that enables the Waldorf team to commute within the camp
- Education and protection of unaccompanied minors who attend the Waldorf CFSs
- Spiritual engagement and strengthening through spiritual development classes
- Support for the psychosocial and emotional needs of unaccompanied minors through trainings and capacity-building for caregivers and teachers
Road to Sustainability (Current Needs):
- Funding support for teachers’ salaries
- Program materials such as paint and brushes, modeling clay, balls, crayons, etc.
- Support for a full-time counsellor
- Teacher training and professional development to enable capacity-building
History of the Waldorf Kakuma Project
The Waldorf Kakuma Project began in 2012, and aims to provide non-traditional educational and development opportunities for vulnerable refugee children in the Kakuma Refugee Camp. More specifically, WKP provides safe opportunities for social, emotional, spiritual and moral, and rational development through the arts (storytelling, painting, clay modeling, song, dance, etc.). WKP makes an effort to use as many locally available resources as possible. A key goal of programming is to maintain a consistent rhythm so as to help reestablish a sense of normalcy for children whose lives have been disrupted of a daily routine.
The Waldorf Kakuma Project has a total of twenty staff members on the ground in the Kakuma Refugee Camp. Fourteen of these staff members are incentive teachers, all of whom are Kakuma refugees. These incentive teachers represent five of the major nationalities represented in the camp: Somali Bantu, Oromo, Sudanese, Congolese, and Burundian. This cross-cultural and language representation is essential to the programming of WKP. However, there is an urgent need for additional incentive staff in order to represent additional cultures and languages at each of the programming centers. The remaining six staff members are Kenyan nationals that take on dual roles as administrators and teachers. This is largely due to intense understaffing, given the breadth of programming and beneficiaries.
WKP operates six Child Friendly Spaces (CFSs). These sites are spread throughout the camp to engage as many children as possible. Additionally, though currently under capacity both in staff and material resources, their programming continues to be requested at additional sites throughout the camp. WKP is doing a phenomenal job of collaborating with other organizations in Kakuma, engaging in space and resource sharing. Currently, WKP programming engages three class-levels: Kindergarten (ages 3 to 5 years old), CFS 1 (ages 6 to 9 years old), and CFS 2 (ages 10 to 13 years old). According to weekly program reports in September, across the six CFS sites, Waldorf is engaging an average of 385 children on a daily basis. Attendance increases largely during the close of traditional, mainstream schools. At each site, a maximum of two teachers, but often only one, are responsible for each class.