Uganda: Vocational Training and Tailoring Shop Program

2014 Graduation and End of Year Party

January 26, 2015

The audience gathered to receive the graduates at the Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute compound:

Arrival of the guest of honor with the Country Director and Area Coordinator:

The guest of honor taking her seat with the other guests:

Graduates showing up before the guests, ready for the ceremony; they came in singing and dancing with a lot of joy as you can see:

The graduates receiving their certificates from the guest of honor:

The best performers receive their gifts:

Lunch offered by RMF/WCF to everyone who attended the occasion:

The guest of honor for this occasion was Camp Commandant Mr. Turyagenda Emmanuel, assisted by Mr. Robert Baryamwesiga (OPM). All stakeholders were invited, UNHCR, UNICEF, IRC, ACF, INTERAID, Concern Worldwide. All staff from all health centres (local government and IRC) attended, DRC, Windle Trust, and all RMF staff including VHTs, Interpreters, etc.  There were more than 200 people in attendance.  There was eating, drinking and dancing with joy as we celebrated the success of the year and building togetherness.  Thank you very much RMF/WCF for the party.


In April 2011, RMF initiated the Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute (PVTI) at the Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement after being presented by the refugee community with issues surrounding the lack of skills and vocational training for students graduating from the settlement high school.
After researching which skills would provide the quickest earning opportunities and the most efficient economic investment requirements for RMF, we narrowed the programs down to:

  • Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy
  • Bricklaying and Concrete Practice
  • Carpentry and Joinery
  • Tailoring and Garment Cutting


  • To train the refugees with relevant vocational training skills
  • To prepare the refugees for the work world with entrepreneurial skills for both employment and self-employment
  • To prepare refugees with basic skills that they shall use for nation building when returning to their home country
  • To foster a cycle of improved economic stability and opportunity in the region