Uganda: Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement Project
8,570 School Children Receive Aid: Q2 2018
August 14, 2018
Naku Charles Lwanga
Summary of Activities
Medicine and Human Resources Support
- During the reporting period, RMF/WCF provided medicine, as well as medical, laboratory, and cleaning supplies for the health centers in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement. RMF/WCF’s medical support benefits both refugees and nationals who come for treatment at Panyadoli Health Centre III, Panyadoli Hills Health Centre II, the Reception Centre Clinic, and Nyakadot Health Centre II.
- Boosted the capacity of health facilities in the settlement by recruiting additional medical and support staff and continuing to provide adequate medical and cleaning supplies.
- Salaries, wages, and top-up allowances for medical and support staff in the health program were paid in a timely manner.
Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute (PVTI)
We continue to provide financial support and guidance for the four departments at PVTI. During this reporting period, the following accomplishments were achieved:
- Students continued their studies, training in one of the school’s four departments: Bricklaying and Concrete Practice, Carpentry and Joinery, Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy, or Tailoring and Garment Cutting.
- Training sessions were effectively conducted and stayed on schedule.
- Instructors’ salaries were paid in a timely manner, which enables PVTI to maintain a highly motivated team.
- The cleanliness of the school’s premises was maintained by ensuring that the compound lawn was mown and the training workshop and office kept clean.
- Follow-up visits were conducted for former trainees. In this way, the vocational training team was able to provide them with technical support on how to improve their businesses.
Kiryandongo Sports Development Program
RMF has continued to implement our sports development program. During this reporting period, the following activities were carried out:
- Conducted regular soccer training and organized matches both inside and outside of Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement.
- Continued to conduct counseling and dialogue sessions with boys and girls in order to promote peace in youth communities, which has helped players cope with trauma and other psychological problems.
- RMF purchased essential sports training items, including balls, cones, sports bibs, uniforms, and cleats, among others.
- The team successfully participated in the intra-settlement match that saw all the teams to the final. This helped improve the skills and confidence of the players.
Precious Children’s Centre
- RMF continued to provide financial support to the Precious Children’s Centre in Kawempe, Kampala, which takes care of orphans and vulnerable children.
- Renovation of the dormitories and the purchase of new beds for the children.
Sports Development Program
18 Successful Matches Held
- Teams engaged in intra-settlement tournaments, as well as friendly away matches for a total of 12 matches inside the settlement and 6 matches outside the settlement.
- Participated in the ECO’s Communal Agricultural Project in which our team was trained on a variety of good agricultural practices and instructed on how to start a small-scale commercial farm without owning a lot of land.
Diffusing Tribal Tensions
Teaching Life Skills & Cooperation
- The Kiryandongo Sports Development Program has contributed to diffusing tribal tensions that existed within the refugee community, especially among the youth, by promoting psychological wellbeing, life skills, and cooperation.
- This program continues to conduct counseling and dialogue sessions with boys and girls in order to promote peace in youth communities.
PVTI Applications Received
87 New Trainees Accepted
- On April 9, 2018, PVTI ran an advertisement to promote the application to our vocational training programs. Out of 356 applications received, 133 eligible candidates were shortlisted for interviews. After the interview process and considering the institute’s financial capacity, 87 trainees were accepted.
- On May 21, 2018, the orientation of the new trainees was headed by the PVTI Principal and assisted by the instructors.
- On June 1, 2018, PVTI conducted trainee Guild Representative elections to promote the concept of democracy.
Recruiting New Staff Members
- The health program at Kiryandongo continues to improve the health of refugee communities and host communities.
- This reporting period, RMF recruited new staff members to work in the Operating Theatre (recently constructed at Panyadoli Health Centre III with funding from RMF), as well as other medical departments. This additional staff will eliminate the need for many referrals to other health facilities.
8,570 Children Receive Aid
- Delivered financial support to schools in the settlement supported by RMF/WCF: Beth Cole Nursery School, Arnold Nursery School, Can Rom Primary School, Arnold Primary School, and Panyadoli Self Help Secondary School.
- 8,570 schoolchildren were supported for the second term of 2018, including South Sudanese, Kenyan, Rwandan, Burundian, Ugandan IDP, and Congolese pupils. The number of youths and children who used to loiter in the settlement has reduced significantly.
Precious Children’s Centre
Financial Support Provides Stability
- Financial support was delivered to the Precious Children’s Centre. This is used to purchase food for the children, improving their health and ability to concentrate on learning.
- The funding from RMF is used to purchase food for the children. This has helped to keep more children in class and to stabilize the center’s operations.
The Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement in Bweyale, Uganda, is a UNHCR managed refugee settlement that provides shelter, land, and support for more than 100,000 people. They are comprised of refugees from Kenya, DR Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, and South Sudan. RMF has partnered with UNHCR in supporting Kiryandango Refugee Settlement, the surrounding community of Bweyale, and the greater Kiryandongo District (an additional 266,197 people) with health care, education, and vocational training since 2008.
- To serve as a health care implementation partner with the UNHCR and Ugandan Government
- To provide health care services to over 100,000 refugees and persons in the community via the Panyadoli Health Centres
- To provide skills training for South Sudanese refugees to enable them to become self-reliant
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Paride Anur and Samuel Odongo
2017 PVTI Graduates
Paride Anur and Samuel Odongo are two friends who graduated from the Bricklaying and Concrete Practice (BCP) program last December, without startup kits. Paride and Samuel have worked hard to find work within the community.
They were hired by UNHCR to build toilets for Persons with Special Needs (PSNs) in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement; as a result, they can add toilet-building to their vocational skills. During an interview, Paride said he used his salary from the toilet building project to buy tools like building squares and plumb bobs. He also used part of the money to take care of his family.
Paul Ivan Odongo
2017 PVTI Graduate
Paul Ivan Odongo graduated with a certificate in Bricklaying and Concrete Practice (BCP) in 2017. He worked hard to find contracts that could generate enough income to earn him a living. Last year, Odongo participated in construction in Bidibidi, and he is currently building within the settlement.
Odongo is a very committed former trainee who accepts all forms of employment, not just building contracts, which shows his strong work ethic. He expressed appreciation to RMF for imparting him with useful skills.