Uganda: Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement Project
RMF Sponsors 1,201 Students: Q3 2019
November 18, 2019
Sylvia Nakiirya and Daniel Wakibi
Summary of Activities
Medicine and Human Resources Support
- Received an emergency supply of medicines from RMF, which included 3,595 ampules of quinine, 150 vials of ceftriaxone, 50 packs of metronidazole, 550 blood giving sets, and surgical gloves.
- Monthly VHT meetings, this time conducted in each facility, were undertaken in the settlement throughout the quarter, supported by RMF.
- Participated in the District Nutrition Coordination Committee (DNCC) meeting, where emphasis was put on the utilization of fortified foods.
- Commenced blood transfusions at Panyadoli Health Centre III; 52 clients have benefited from blood transfusion services so far.
- Commenced emergency caesarean section operations; 10 mothers have undergone the operation successfully so far.
- Fumigation of bats at Panyadoli Health Centre III was carried out, and the facility and staff quarters are now both bat-free.
- RMF and partners successfully celebrated World Breastfeeding Week both in the settlement and in the host community.
- Received a consignment of Ebola treatment/prevention items from the RMF Procurement team.
- Construction of a new isolation unit at Panyadoli Health Centre III and fencing of Panyadoli Hills Health Centre II have both commenced.
- Received a consignment of mosquito nets, which are currently in use in the antenatal services and child immunization departments.
- The team distributed 155 bicycles to VHTs to improve their movement within the community; these were supplied by UNHCR.
Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute (PVTI)
- The most recent intake of students, who began their studies during June of 2019, continued their studies during this reporting period. There are 69 trainees in total.
- The two instructors in the TGC department are doing a lot to make sure this department is a success. They have led their trainees through modules on gathered skirts, elastic pajamas, shorts with rear elastic, straight skirts, dresses, and pinafores. They are currently working on the fish skirts module.
- This CJ department has finished training their students on the building of office chairs, beds, tailor stools, and benches, and the coffee set module still ongoing.
- The BCP department has covered the following in the last three months: safety and health, tools and equipment, the different types of bonds (English bond, header bond and Flemish bond), site preparation, building setting, foundations, and trenches.
Kiryandongo Sports Development Program
- We were able to organize two friendly games on August 10 and September 14 with Gentle Stars United and the Water Trust Kiryandongo team, respectively. The first game ended in favor of the RMF team at 2-1, and we lost the second one at 2-3. Great thanks goes to our committed coaches and players for exhibiting such talent in soccer and sports in general.
- This event, which included a large number of sport activities, awarded the final champion with a large goat.
- Peace Engagement Day was of great benefit to the players, because it reaffirmed their dedication to the goals and objectives of our project.
- The teams conducted daily trainings in the 4 community fields in Arnold, St. Bakhita, Canrom, and Cluster K. The fields have aided the daily activity trainings, furthering the success of the project as a whole.
- The playing fields used for practice were maintained and greened.
- Essential training equipment was purchased. It has attracted more participants to the program and created more confidence in the existing players because they are adequately facilitated.
Precious Children’s Centre
- RMF continued to provide financial support to the Precious Children’s Centre in Kawempe, Kampala, which takes care of orphans and vulnerable children. The funding from RMF is used to purchase food for the children. This has helped to keep more children in class and stabilize the center’s operations, contributing to the success of the school’s day-to-day activities.
- The students received adequate instruction, as most of the key needs and requirements of the school were met. Both teaching and non-teaching staff were well motivated, which ensured the smooth running of school activities.
- The school administration has also continued to train and support this year’s primary seven candidates in order to ensure better results on the national exams.
- Lifesaving medical treatment and preventive health services were continuously provided to the refugee and host communities through outpatient, inpatient, maternity, nutrition, ART, and outreach services. Thanks to this comprehensive health coverage, very few lives were lost.
- Received and distributed infrared thermometers at contact points of all the health centers in the settlement for Ebola screening.
- MOH mentorship on management and reporting of nutrition data was conducted for 6 health facilities.
- The ART clinic is implementing the 90-90-90 government strategy of testing all patients that come to the health facility for HIV/AIDS. Those found HIV-positive are immediately enrolled for treatment.
Supplies and Personnel
- RMF recruited additional medical and support staff, which has helped reduce the number of referrals. The majority of medical cases are now handled at Panyadoli Health Centre III, and only complicated cases are referred.
- The bond of collaboration between RMF and Kiryandongo Hospital has been strengthened since RMF has provided a medical officer to support the hospital, especially with cases requiring surgery. This strategy has helped RMF win the hearts of the Kiryandongo District Local Government and has a direct bearing on promoting the peaceful coexistence of refugees and the host community.
- Throughout this reporting period, we maintained our contribution of medications, medical supplies, laboratory supplies, and cleaning supplies.
- RMF/WCF delivered financial support to 2 schools in the settlement: Arnold Nursery School and Panyadoli Self Help Secondary School.
- 1,201 school children were supported in the settlement during the first quarter of 2019, including South Sudanese, Kenyan, Rwandan, Burundian, Ugandan IDP, and Congolese students. The number of youths and children who used to loiter in the settlement has reduced significantly.
- Support to school programs and funding for day-to-day activities were ongoing during the school term.
69 Students Learning Skills
- A total of 69 students continued their studies at Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute (PVTI) in one of the school’s four departments: Bricklaying and Concrete Practice, Carpentry and Joinery, Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy, or Tailoring and Garment Cutting from the January to March intake.
- RMF/WCF has financially sustained Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute (PVTI) and the operation of its four departments.
- Both theory and practical trainings were carried out successfully, and the syllabi were all completed on time.
- Training materials for the semester were purchased and scholastic materials such as books and pens were also distributed.
- RMF has continued to implement our sports development program, which is promoting psychological wellbeing, life skills, and cooperation among the youth. The program has helped diffuse some of the tension existing between different tribes from South Sudan.
- Peace Engagement Day was of great value to our players, since it reaffirmed their belief in the objectives and goals of the project.
- Friendly matches went on successfully and exposed our players to many people with diverse backgrounds and experiences, which not only opened our players’ minds, but also made it possible for them to assimilate into the host community and adopt new ideas athletically, which is an advantage for our project.
Providing for Children
- Financial support was delivered to the Precious Children’s Centre. The funding is used to purchase food for the children, improving their health and ability to concentrate on learning.
- Due to RMF’s support of the Precious Children’s Centre, more children have been enrolled, and there are now 387 children benefiting from primary education and regular meals the school.
- With RMF/WCF’s support, the Precious Children’s Center is able to keep the children in school and provide quality education by continuously employing enough teachers.
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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Vocational Training Graduate
Emmanuel Bashir graduated from PVTI in 2017. He was got at the site within the settlement. The training he acquired from the vocation has helped him become self-reliant.
Sarah Adyero is among the beneficiaries of Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute in the HBT department. She graduated in 2017 with a startup kit, and last year, she managed to find a room from which to operate her own salon business. With the skills she acquired at PVTI, she is able to provide for her own needs and pay for her sisters’ scholastic materials as well.