Kakuma Girl Child Mentorship Program Recounts Transformative Journey

A group of excited young girls hold a t-shirt as they explain the key message.


They say a journey of a thousand kilometers begins with one step. In the month of June 2022, the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), set out on a very unique journey that brought together 270 girls from Kakuma and Kalobeyei refugee camps. The sole target was to lead them towards empowerment by offering an interactive mentorship and life skills training.

On July 27, 2022, the girls came together to formally celebrate the success stories brought about by the training that had transformed their lives. This event represented (revise sentence) a new chapter in their journey towards empowerment. Many of them could not hide their joy as they each received a t-shirt beautifully branded by the message. “As a girl…I am…and I can.”. The cheerful young girls of between the ages of 15 and 25 utilized the opportunity to reflect on the lessons and skills acquired during the training period.

“I am very thankful to the team that organized the training because I have learned new techniques of managing stress. The self-awareness sessions also enabled me to make better choices that I’m confident will lead me to a brighter future. Asanteni sana! (thank you so much)” Says  Cecile Mishimwe amidst a radiant smile.

The event ushered them into the next phase of training where they will be required to utilize the skills acquired to mentor other vulnerable girls. Through this noble  initiative, LWF Kenya Somalia Program seeks to create better communities through mentorship that will benefit at least 800 girls by the end of the year.

Our special appreciation goes to the UN Refugee Agency and the Church of Sweden for their generous support towards the successful initiative.