Uganda: Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement Project
Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement Project Q4 2013 Report
February 26, 2014
Naku Charles Lwanga and Jonathan White
Summary of Activities
School Support: All the school fees in all sponsored schools have been cleared for the last term in 2013. 1,286 children, pupils, and students in total are supported by RMF/WCF funding in Nursery, Primary, and Secondary schools.
Medicine Delivery: RMF/WCF, local government, and UNHCR equipped the health center with pharmaceuticals this reporting period. The last resupply was on October 8th, 2013. A great increase in the number of patients and medicine demand is foreseen for the next quarter because of the influx of South Sudanese refugees entering Kiryandongo as a result of the crisis in South Sudan that started in mid-December.
Vocational Training Institute: Continued financial support and guidance for the Tailoring and Hairdressing students at the Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute; a total of 60 students were admitted at our last intake. All the materials for the second semester of 2013 were provided. The 10 tailors who graduated from Panyadoli Vocational Institute and were given funds to begin their own tailoring businesses are making profits already; 10% of their profits are going back to the Vocational School to purchase supplies for the next classes of students.
Vocational Training Institute
New Students Accepted
60 new students were accepted to the Vocational Training Institute, 30 for Tailoring and 30 for Hairdressing, with their first semester ending on October 18th, 2013; their second semester began in November 2013.
Graduates Open for Business
Loans Afford Workspace
The 10 tailoring graduates who had been provided with the support to start their own businesses received monies to pay their commercial space rent in advance. Tailors making profits are donating 10% of their profits back to the Vocational Training Institute.
School Materials Purchased
Students Can Study Comfortably
Students and pupils study safely and comfortably without stress because their school fees are paid and scholastic materials such as books, pens, and pencils were provided for third term 2013 thanks to RMF/WCF.
School fees paid
1,286 students supported
Refugee School children were supported for the second term of 2013, including Kenyan, (South) Sudanese, Rwandan, Burundian, Ugandan IDP, and Congolese children/students.
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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Auma Santa operates an over locking machine that runs on a generator (no electricity available in her shop), sewing ladies’ skirts. She started by herself and one other employee; now she has five additional assistants as students in training. Auma is a very hardworking business woman and is progressing rapidly as seen from her product demands.
Her challenges are:
- Machine spare parts (bobbin cases) are very expensive and consume a lot of her profits.
- Fuel for generator is very expensive too on daily consumption.
- Her rent has been increased to USH 100,000/= from 80,000/= per month due to increased demands for business spaces by other business owners.
Her achievements are:
- Her profit has increased from USH 300,000 ($125) to USH 600,000 ($250) per month.
- She also receives money from the income of her students in training.
Nekesa Rose operates two machines provided by RMF and one by AHHI and has been successful in her business operations. She began by herself, but now is training students. Each of her students gives her 3.25% of their income per activity. Her business start was tough but she is now beginning to realize profits in her business, ranging from USH 100,000 ($41) to USH 150,000 per month ($61)
- Training other tailors and employing others in her business.
- Paying school fees for her children is easy now.
- Her techniques have increased in many designs requested by customers.
- She is now saving for the future.
- High cost of rent due to high demand of business spaces has made her rent rise from USH 80,000 to USH 90,000 per month.
Martha operates two sewing machines and one additional machine for a trainee. In her shop she also has a woman who knits sweaters and gives Martha a percentage of profits. Martha asserts that her profits per month range from USH 150,000 ($61) to 200,000 ($82) which makes it possible for her to cater to her family’s needs and expand her own skills. Her only major challenge is that when shopping for supplies in Kampala she hasn’t been able to negotiate lower prices. She is always busy in the shop selling both second hand and new clothes.