Uganda: Vocational Training and Tailoring Shop Program

Vocational Training Institute Report, Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement

August 21, 2014

Naku Charles Lwanga and Jonathan White

Project Objectives:

  • Provide funding for continuous running of the vocational training institute.
  • Support renovation of hair dressing classroom (rebuilding and painting).
  • Funding 10 tailors to create tailoring business within Uganda
  • Provide training in basic business skills for vocational students.
  • Support the Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute with fuel for running the generator to support the tools in the hair dressing classes and sewing machines in the tailoring classes.

Summary of RMF/WCF-sponsored activities carried out during the reporting period under each project objective"

RMF Uganda team hosted RMF CEO Dr. Martina Fuchs for a program and needs assessment visit for all Kiryandongo programs in February 2014.

Continued financial support and guidance for the RMF Tailoring and Hairdressing Vocational Training Institute; with a total of 54 students admitted in this 5th intake.  We interviewed 71 applicants with 54 passing the interviews.  All the materials for first semester of his year 2014 were provided.

In this new semester 2014, 54 new students were accepted at RMF’s Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute in Kiryandongo, 24 for Tailoring and 30 for Hairdressing, and started their first semester on the 21st of February 2014; the first semester ends on the 31st of May, 2014, and the second semester will begin on July 4, 2014.

Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute

One of the applicants is asked to read her application letter to evaluate her reading abilities

Area coordinator, data clerk, and PVTI instructors in the first meeting with the 5th intake of new students
Vocational School New Student Orientation
All the students who were admitted turned up to attend lessons, with a total number of 54 attending the first day of classes. School rules and regulations were read to them by the principal, other rules and regulations were emphasized by the coordinator, and the instructors.

New students listen attentively to the remarks of the coordinator
Tailoring shop business progress
During the visit of RMF’s CEO to the camp, she realized that only a few of the 10 tailors’ businesses RMF was sponsoring were making reasonable profits and there were concerns about the reasons. A meeting was held with RMF staff, vocational instructors and the tailors to address the concerns.  The concerns were mostly focused on calculations and management that in turn called for business management training. 

Business Management Training Class:
Hairdressing instructor Adolph Byamungu trained RMF’s sponsored tailors on the following topics:

  • Business management
  • Business planning
  • Marketing management  
  • Record keeping
  • Customer care
  • Creativity in business.


Some of the vocational training materials purchased this quarter


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