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Since the great drought in the summer of 2011, millions of people in east Africe are fleeing from starvation. On top of this, political power struggles and brutal violence make the long escape route for refugees more difficult. In the refugee camp "Kakuma" in northern Kenya, a team from the "Freinds" support refugees in coping with their traumatic experiences. 
Since 2010, the Friends of Waldorf Education have established a kindergarten, two child protection centres, and a school programme in the refugee camp. Local employees were trained during regular visits by the Friends at the beginning of the project. This has allowed for the complete handing over of the project to the local pedagogues and today the project is being continued independently.

Once again drought reigns over East Africa and again thousands are fleeing from hunger and violence. In June, a team from emergency pedagogy travelled to Kenya in order to support the local workers of the Waldorf-Kakuma-Project there. The focus of the mission was the establishment of emergency pedagogy work in the Reception Center of the refugee camp Kalobeyei, which was built in 2015.

Mission from 13.-27.01.2018

At the end of January, another team was on duty in the Kakuma and Kalobeyei camps. Besides the work with the children and seminars for local staff, a new playground for children was built.continue

June-July 2017

Mission from June 24th to July 8th, 2017

During the first mission of 2017 in Kakuma and Kalobeyei, the colleagues of the Waldorf-Kakuma-Project were further trained and supported in their work. continue.

May 2013

Aftercare Mission from May 17th to June 1st, 2013

The first Kakuma assignment of 2013 served to supervise the ongoing projects and to fully hand over the project to local cooperation partners. continue

November 2012

After-Care Mission from November 26th to December 2nd, 2012

The fourth assignment in Kakuma was scheduled as supervision for ongoing projects. Conversations with the UN lay the ground for a further engagement in 2013. continue

July 2012

After-Care Mission from July 27th to August 11th, 2012

The ‘Friends’ third assignment at the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. UNICEF ranks the Songot kindergarten number 1 out of 14. continue

April 2012

After-Care Mission from April 9th to 21st, 2012

A German-Kenyan team took care of the curricular expansion as well as organizational problems at the Kakuma refugee camp. continue

January 2012

Crisis Intervention from January 20th to February 4th, 2012

First assignment at the Kakuma refugee camp; in cooperation with the Nairobi Waldorf School, the Lutheran World Federation, and the German Relief Coalition. continue


  • +++ 18.11.2018 +++

    Disaster in Indonesia

    The severe earthquake and tsunami in October brought death and destruction to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.  In order to support the traumatised people in coming to terms with their experiences, an emergency education mission took place in the crisis region in November. more

  • +++ 01.11.2018 +++

    Help for the Philipines

    A team of the emergency pedagogy flies from 27.09. to 08.10. to the Philippines. Together with four local colleagues they will support the victims of the typhoon "Mangkhut". The storm caused serious damage in the Philippines and cost the lives of many people. Landslides and mudslides further aggravate the situation. more

  • +++ 10.11.2018 +++

    Mission in Gaza

  • +++ 13.07.2018 +++

    NOTE: Annual Emergency Pedagogy Conference 2019

    From 20 to 23 June 2019, the eighth annual emergency pedagogical conference will take place in the premises of the Parzival Centre in Karlsruhe.
    Under the title "Emergency pedagogy - How pedagogy can help injured (children's) souls", we will focus on the basis of emergency pedagogy at our next annual conference.

    Program and further information

Friends of Waldorf Education

Emergency Pedagogy

Office Karlsruhe
Parzivalstraße 2b
76139 Karlsruhe
Tel +49 (0)721 20111-144
Fax +49 (0)721 20111-180

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