We had the opportunity to meet with many of the past Kieni camp residents in October when we joined them at a Celebration Service hosted by the PEFA Magumu church. Together we thanked the Lord for bringing them out of the Kieni IDP camp.
After receiving the equivalent of $4,800 from the Kenyan government to purchase land for building their homes the Internally Displaced People (IDP’s) of Kieni have all moved from the Kieni forest camp. Some of the residents have either moved closer to other family members, purchased homes in the Kirasha/Magumu area, or moved back to the Rift Valley.
Two hundred families however, have joined together and purchased land in the communities of Bahatia and Subukia where they plan to establish their homes and build farming communities. The purchase of this land has taken most of the funds they received from government and some of the Kieni residents have moved into tents on their new land. But until they can establish crops and put up housing they find themselves in the same conditions they were in at the refugee camp and are still in a desperate situation.
Expansion International has been working with the leaders in the two communities and together designed a community development plan that will create jobs, supply building materials for homes, and help with the first crop planting.