Kenya hosts more than half a million refugees within its borders. Since December 2013 the number of South Sudanese refugees in Kenya has almost doubled with over 42,000 fleeing violent conflict and seeking refuge in Kakuma refugee camp. Continuing violent conflict and famine in the region saw Dadaab refugee camp’s population swell to more than 450,000, making it the world's largest refugee settlement.

FilmAid’s programs in Kenya are extensive. We work in Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps as well as informal urban settlements, such as Kibera in Nairobi, to support and elevate these marginalized communities.

We work with refugees, volunteers and full time staff to deliver life saving information to those who need it most. Partnering with UNHCR and WFP we ensure new arrivals have the information they need as soon as they arrive, showing informative films about their rights, responsibilities and what to expect from their new and unfamiliar home.

Our mobile cinema units show uplifting and entertaining cartoons and movies throughout the camps, as well as delivering life-saving PSAs and films on critical health and social issues.

FilmAid’s filmmaker training program gives youth the creative and technical skills necessary to explore the concerns of their own communities and to tell their own stories, in their own voices. The fruits of this program can be seen annually at our FilmAid Film Festival - the only one of its kind worldwide - which showcases the films of young refugee filmmakers from Kakuma and Dadaab.



  • 43.2 million population

  • 554,938 refugees and stateless persons

  • 60% of Nairobi's population living in slums or informal settlements

  • Home to Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp



  • Started working in 2001

  • 1,638 average number of people at evening screenings

  • 14,835 attended the 2013 Film Festival in Kakuma refugee camp

  • 22 professional cameras and camcorders currently in use by refugees