Architectural Heritage in Kakuma and Kalobeyei

Welcome to the JWL & OSUN Students Project, a ground-breaking initiative launched on September 10, 2023, dedicated to safeguarding the architectural heritage within refugee camps, with a primary focus on Kakuma and Kalobeyei. This report delves into the project’s progression, underscoring the significance of preserving architectural heritage in these regions and examining the challenges and opportunities encountered during this endeavour. 

At the heart of the initiative lies a commitment to engaging refugees through the documentation of their cultural narratives, fostering a deeper understanding within the refugee community. The project’s core objectives revolve around archiving the architectural diversity found in Kakuma Refugee Camp and Kalobeyei settlement, with a specific aim to capture at least 60 distinct building types spread across seven clusters through the lens of photography.  

    1. What were the key activities and outcomes? 

The key activities were:  

    • Identifying potential 120 camp buildings/structures from the seven clusters of the camp settlement 
    • Selecting 60 buildings/structures for archiving purposes. 
    • Capturing photographs of the same 
    • Gathering detailed description of each (60) building/structures for archiving purposes. 
    • The outcomes of the activities are: 
    • Archiving the diverse unachieved architect of Kakuma Camp for future references 
    • Create opportunity to exhibit the diverse building materials, structures, styles and cultural attachment of the diverse camp communities and beyond so as to learn from diverse cultures similarities and differences 
    • Engage in cultural preservation activities and develop skills of archiving