Our Mission is to alleviate psychological trauma and promote the well being of children.
The project is registered in Kenya under the ministry of devolution and planning as an NGO. It is run by a7 member board consisting of Kenyans and non Kenyans. The day to day management is under a Director as well as a Project Coordinator.
Today, the Waldorf movement is the largest free school movement in the world, and comprises 1,100 schools and 2,000 kindergartens throughout 100 countries in all continents.
The Waldorf Education movement was founded by Rudolf Steiner in 1919. The traumatised refugee children in Beirut inspired the impulse for an “emergency education in crisis situations based on the principles of Waldorf education and since then the Waldorf Movement has worked with psychologically traumatized children in various parts of the world during emergencies and natural disasters under the Emergency Department of Freunde; in countries such as Beirut, Haiti, Japan, Syria, Indonesia and Kenya. The inception of Waldorf Kakuma Project was an agreement made between Fruende der Erziehungskunst Emergency Pedagogy and the Nairobi Waldorf School. The objective of the project was to provide refugee children at the Kakuma Camp in Kenya with informal education and trauma elevation through Waldorf Pedagogy.
The Foundation of Waldorf Kakuma Project borrows heavily from Waldorf educational methods and related forms of therapy. These include elements of the seven lively arts which are- Painting, Singing, Drama, Movement, Drawing, Handwork, Eurhythmy and speech work. Creative and artistic forms of expression help individuals who have experienced trauma to express their experiences by means other than words.
The project begun in January2012, by offering its services at Songot kindergarten school initially opening two kindergartens with a capacity of 380 children. The team which started the project composed of 12 Kenyan teachers assisted by a German team of 11 members who begun to use Waldorf Methodologies towards offering basic education and trauma recovery assistance. The project is now in its sixth year, beneficiaries of this project are children aged between 3-17 years. These individuals are facing different kinds of traumas brought forth by war, natural disaster, flight, displacement, accidents, maltreatment, torture, neglect, sexual abuse etc. The Waldorf approach is undoubtedly the best approach as it delivers the literacy and life skills through the Waldorf methodology which aims at working with the head, heart and mind. The approach helps to engage the will, school the thinking and cultivate a healthy feeling life which helps to alleviate trauma.
The project operates in Kakuma under an operational partnership with the UNHCR Kakuma Sub-Office running child friendly centres.The CFS’S (child friendly spaces) have the benefit of both regular school and home school in the sense that we have a curriculum which we follow as well as a lot of guided outdoor activities. The teachers or any staff member we engage to work with the children is trained and there is continuous capacity building that goes on internally and externally. We also ensure that the environment in the classes or playground is protective and friendly as well as conducive for the children’s positive growth. Currently we are also working with children in the Safe Haven this is a location where women, adolescent girls and children who have been through re-traumatization through SGBV are kept safe and supported with psychosocial care.Through a coordinated program with JRS we work regularly with these women, girls and children. We are involved in two main clusters which are Education and Child Protection.Our resources human and non- human are well aligned in the structures of management and operation to ensure that beneficiaries get the best that is humanly possible