Uganda: Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement Project

The Day of the African Child and World Refugee Day celebrations

June 29, 2015

Naku Charles Lwanga and Alphonse Mwanamwolho

Celebration of the Day of the African Child

We had a great day at the ‘Day of the African Child’ celebrations: Poem presentations from different schools within Kiryandongo Resettlement Camp, band marching, drama and cultural presentations, and art competitions. Please see the paintings and drawings below.

A joint banner was made by all partners who contributed to this day:

All the children were seated in different tents that we had procured, watching educational, drama and cultural presentations, and listening to speeches and poems from various invited presenters and guests:


Our children watching and listening attentively to the poems and performances presented:

Different drawings explaining how our African children are mistreated:

RMF/WCF was fully represented and appreciated on this day of celebration as we fully support the children.  This was heard in the children’s poems and speeches from the invited guests.  Thank you so much for supporting RMF Uganda to be very strong here.
Celebration of World Refugee Day

The invited guests were the Minister for Disaster, the UNHCR Country Representative, the OPM Commissioner, all IP/OP Country Directors, and the Residential District Commissioner. 

Every organization working at Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement was tasked to exhibit what they do; as RMF we exhibited vocational materials which included tailoring products, carpentry products, we staged a temporary salon at the compound where a function was taking place, and invited guests inclusive of the UNHCR Country Representative were extremely happy to see what the refugees can do.  “Vocational Training is solely in the hands of RMF, not being supported much but the result is self-explanatory”, the Representative said.  RMF also hired a drama group to perform a play about the stigma associated with testing HIV positive.  We staged cervical cancer screening and HIV testing; as the function was going on, people were coming for these two services.  The UNHCR Country Representative asked us to put much more effort into the cervical cancer prevention.  In this regard, UNHCR is willing to give us money to buy a TV screen so that we will be displaying educational information at Panyadoli Health Centre III on a daily basis on cancer prevention, HIV, and hygiene promotion.  RMF’s effort was fully recognized and appreciated in the speeches of the invited guests.

All the organizations that contributed to this day were presented on this banner:

The Residential District Commissioner is here excited seeing a refugee with very healthy goats:


 The UNHCR Country Representative watching our RMF staff doing HIV, cervical cancer awareness and condom promotion:



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