Uganda: Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement Project

Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute- February 2016 Progress Report

June 30, 2016

Summary of Activities

This report covers the second month of our three-month skills training program at RMF’s Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute (PVTI) in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement. The training started on January 11, 2016 and is scheduled to end on April 11, 2016.

There are 95 students enrolled to receive vocational skills training.

The Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute offers four program areas:

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

This report highlights the Vocational Training Institute’s achievements and challenges during the month of February 2016.


Trainees’ general attendance been good, although training days were interrupted by national holidays for presidential, parliamentary, mayoral, and council elections. The Vocational Training Institute was obliged to follow the national directives so as to allow trainees and instructors to participate in their national rights.

Settlement programs of food distribution also affected trainees’ attendance; whenever there were food distribution activities in the settlement, trainees went to get their rations.

Four trainees intentionally or unintentionally dropped out of the training and these included three from the TGC and one from the HDBT departments. The table in the "More Photos" section illustrates the summary of the general attendance and the dropout with reasons as to why they dropped out of the training.

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Results &


Practice Bricks Drying

Molding of Trainees Bricks

Creating Needed Supplies

Manufacture of trainees’ practice bricks is near completion. These are specific bricks, types of 9”, 4”, 2”. A total of 7,000 bricks have been molded, and after the bricks are baked, an estimated 6,000 or more will be secured for the trainees’ practice work.

Completed Building BCP project

Progress of the BCP Project

Construction Going Well

The BCP project made tremendous progress during the month of February, with the completion of inside and outside wall plastering, and the installation of all nine windows and one external door. Trainees (supervised by their teacher) also completed the veranda, shed, and a ramp outside the building. They also screeded the floor throughout the building and built a doorframe for the inside door.

Hairdressing learning to set hair

Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy

Hands on Learning

Trainees are still handling module three, which consists of different hairdressing approaches. During the month of February, the trainees were trained how to plait three threes, pencil, how to style and blow dry a client’s hair, and how to finally set a pineapple style.

Laying Bricks

Bricklaying and Concrete Practice

Putting up Walls

During the month of February, trainees concentrated on walling, and four types of walls were made: T-junction, return wall, double return walls, and cross walls

Sanding a clothing rack

Carpentry and Joinery

Practical Skills

During the month of February, trainees were each able to make a stool. They were then put in groups of three and made four tables, two door frames, a cloth rack, and three beds.

White Shirt Made by Trainee

Tailoring and Garment Cutting

Clothing Made

Three main items were made by trainees during the month of February, including a blouse, a fish skirt, and a short-sleeved shirt

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& Objectives


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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