Uganda: Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement Project

Hiccup Circus at Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement, Uganda

January 30, 2015

Alphonse Mwanamwolho

Today, 24th January 2015, Hiccup Circus presented their informative performances that the community had been eagerly awaiting following the posters that we had pinned earlier on at public places in the Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement inviting the community for the event. A very special Thank You to RMF’s Cindy Stein Urbanc for introducing RMF to Hiccup Circus and for fundraising herself to make this event possible!

The performances were dramatizing two themes: Encouraging communities to take children for Immunization and HIV/AIDS Prevention. The performances attracted a significant audience of approximately 1,000 people, mostly children and youths (as you see from the pictures); the performances were so amazing that everybody was laughing a lot.

The audience appreciated the creativity and the messages. In my opinion it will be very good to have this performance again when there are public functions in the settlement say during World AIDS Day, etc. It is entertaining and educational. It was a big success.

(L) Hiccup Circus entertaining the audience of refugees and nationals at Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement; (R) Rear show by Hiccup Circus

(L) A young boy watching Hiccup Circus from a tree; (R) Watching amazing performances by Hiccup Circus

(L) Audience watching Hiccup Circus – who could avoid laughing or smiling?; (R) Fire show

(L) A performing entertaining the gathering at Kiryandongo; (R) Hiccup Circus dramatizing the importance of breastfeeding and immunizing of all children

Large gathering watching Hiccup Circus performances


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