Success through Vocational Training and Education Support

December 6, 2012

Naku Charles Lwanga and Jonathan White

The Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement in Bweyale, Uganda, is a UNHCR managed refugee settlement that provides shelter, land and support for more than 25,000, comprised of Ugandan IDPs and refugees from Kenya, Congo, Rwanda, Burundi and Sudan.  RMF has partnered with UNHCR in supporting Kiryandango and the greater surrounding community of Bweyale (an additional 30,000 residents) with health care, education and vocational training since 2008.

Photo: Florence Kabwimura, a former student of Panyadoli Vocational Institute Hairdressing Course, is doing well at the Bweyale trading center where she just opened a ladies salon, and is able to earn an income. 

Project Goal:

Assist the refugee settlement with treating the most prevalent conditions in the refugee population with special attention to Malaria and Malnutrition at the Panyadoli Health Center.

Support the education of refugee school children.

Develop the economic component of our humanitarian work through vocational training.

Project Objectives:

  • Provide funding for continuous running of the vocational school.
  • Provide funds for the second graduation ceremony of the vocational school since it was opened last year.
  • Provide funding for the annual registration of candidates in senior four and six sponsored by RMF.
  • Provide money to facilitate candidates taking their national exams in Masindi.  This facilitation includes transport to and from, accommodation, feeding, and the allowance for the teachers who take care of the students in Masindi.
  • Provide school fees and scholastic materials for all Kenyan and Sudanese refugee school children, at the beginning of the term.
  • Continuous maintenance of RMF office compound at the camp and equipping it for use by RMF staff in Kiryandongo resettlement camp.
  • Provide other support as needed/budgeted to the Kiryandongo schools, and community as a whole.
  • Maintenance and repair of the water taps at the health center, and repair of some boreholes at the camp.
  • Maintain adequate medicine and medical supplies to the Panyadoli Health Center. Research the upgrade of Panyadoli Health Centre III to Hospital level.
  • Provide funding to facilitate fieldwork for students studying geography.

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

School Support

Scholastic materials were provided at the beginning of the third term in early September 2012.

All the school fees in all sponsored schools have been cleared for the third term of 2012.

1,643 children, pupils, and students in total are supported by RMF/WCF funding in Nursery, Primary and Secondary schools: 

  • Arnold Primary School, we support 713 students
  • Panyadoli Self Help Secondary School, 101 students
  • Can Rom Primary School, we support 679 students
  • Beth Cole Nursery School, we support 90 students
  • Daystar Nursery; we support 60 children

In summary: 

Beth Cole and DaystarNursery Schools                         150

Can Rom and Arnold Primary Schools                        1,392

Panyadoli Self Help Secondary School                           101

Total Children Supported                                              1,643

Medicine delivery

RMF/WCF, local government, and UNHCR equipped the health centre with pharmaceuticals this reporting period. The last resupply was on August 4th, 2012. 

Vocational Training Institute

Continued financial support and guidance for the RMF Tailoring and Hairdressing Vocational Training Institute; a total of 40 students have graduated since the program began.  All the materials to run the second semester were provided and the examinations for both courses were held August 2012, with the semester ending in the second week of September and graduation ceremony held for both programs. (Full Report on Vocational Institute in Success Stories Section)

Advertisement for application letters for the 2012/2013 Vocational Institutes’ intake was started with the deadline at the end of the first week of October.

Child Protection and Advocacy

Our Kiryandongo area coordinator attended a two day workshop training on child protection at the AAH-I boardroom in the camp on August 14th and 15th. The objectives of the training were to improve knowledge of child protection and advocacy programs for children. The training was instructed by Child Fund-Kigumba. 

Results and/or accomplishments achieved during this reporting period:

  • Among Sharifa, our new camp coordinator, is doing well in representing the organization before stakeholders and in managing the day to day work of the Kiryandongo programs.
  • A total of 1,643 school children were supported over the second term of 2012, including Kenyan, Sudanese, Rwandan, Burundian, Ugandan IDP, and Congolese children/students).
  • Scholastic materials were provided for the third term across all programs.
  • Continued financial support for the running of the Vocational Training Institute for Tailoring and Hair dressing.  Graduation facilitation was released in this reporting period.

Photo: One of two new sewing machines donated to the Vocational Institute by Action Africa Help International

Update: Vocational Training Institute

24 Hairdressing and Beauty Students

16 Tailoring/Garment Cutting Students

Hairdressing and Beauty Courses


There were 24 students in the graduating class for the Hairdressing and Beauty course of the second semester with 12 Ugandan nationals and 12 refugees.  Of these, 21 were females and 3 males.  The performance of the students was generally very good with a total of 20 students graduating with distinctions, 3 students with full credits, and only one that failed.

 There are two instructors for the hairdressing course:

Nakyagaba Teddy (Senior Instructor)

Byamungu Kitsa Adolph (Junior Instructor) 


Lessons went very well during the whole of the second semester.  Lessons generally started at 9:00 am and ended at 4:00 pm from Monday to Friday with exception of public holidays. 


All theory and practical topics were satisfactorily taught by instructors. 

Instructor: Byamungu Kitsa Adolph

  • Pedicure/Manicure                           
  • Pineapple gel
  • Styling                                              
  • Retouch
  • Shaving
  • Blow out
  • Tonguing/Flat ironing    
  • Blow dry
  • Folding                                             
  • Introduction to hairdressing

 Instructor Nakyagaba Teddy

  • Plaiting lines                                        
  • Twisting
  • Body massage                                    
  • Three-three twists
  • Facial                                                      
  • Pencil (plaiting)


  • All the above listed topics were satisfactorily taught by the instructors and met the expectations of the students.
  • Mid-term tests for hairdressing began on the 15/08/2012 and ended on 16/08/2012 with all 24 of the students performing well.
  • Performance of the instructors was evaluated by the students through assessment forms, feedback was submitted to the coordinator, and advise is given to instructors where necessary (areas of improvement).
  • Final examinations (second semester) started on 10/09/2012 and ended on 19/09/2012 without any complaints from instructors and students.


Florence Kabwimura, a former student of Panyadoli Vocational Institute Hairdressing Course, is doing well at the Bweyale trading center (she has a ladies’ salon shop), and is able to earn an income.   (Photo at top of page)

Tailoring and Garment Cutting Courses 

At the beginning of the second semester, only 16 students returned to the Tailoring Program and 6 had dropped out due to reasons explained later in report. The second semester commenced on 11/16/2012.  The number of refugees is 7, and Ugandan nationals 9, with 1 male and 15 female. 

The instructors are:

Namatovu Maxensia (Senior Instructor).

Mwaka Simon (Junior Instructor). 


All lessons were satisfactorily taught, from 9:00am to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday with the exception of public holidays. The following tailoring and garment cutting practicals and theory topics were taught by instructors:


  • Recruitment of a new senior tailoring and garment cutting instructor, Namatovu Maxensia who started on 01/06/2012.
  • Students are now able to operate the sewing machines without assistance from the instructors and to tell when the machines are faulty and need repair.
  • Students are able to calculate and divide measurements enabling them to take customer measurements and record in their books.
  • Students are able to draft patterns, cut and make a school uniform (dress, skirt, and shirt), blouse, short, baby dress, and suits.
  • Action Africa Help International (an implementing partner) donated two sewing machines to the tailoring department and the local agreement was signed between AAH and RMF.
  • Examinations for the second semester were from 10/09/2012 to 21/09/2012


Auma Santa, a former student of the tailoring and garment cutting class is now doing very well at the Bweyale trading center, operating a tailoring shop (she sews and designs garments) and is able to meet her family’s needs.

Photo below: Santa and Ebong Innocent displaying completed pillow cases.


The semester closed on the 04/10/2012, with a blissful graduation ceremony that was attended by many people, including:

  • OPM
  • Parents, teachers and students
  • RMF staff
  • Refugee community leaders
  • Supply donors: AAH, DRC, KDLG, Samaritans Purse

The ceremony was accompanied by the following activities;

  • Speeches from distinguished guests
  • Presenting end of semester report-challenges, achievements, general recommendations, performance, and discipline
  • Exhibition of skills and items
  • Presentation of certificates to students-OPM
  • Entertainment from students (songs, dance, and drama)

Graduation Day Photos:







Appendix C

Speech by Students’ representative

Our honored guests, graduates, RMF/WCF, OPM, AAH`I, Community leaders, Parents, Children, Ladies and Gentlemen welcome to our Graduation day.  Feel the happiness and the joy of the day.

On behalf of the Students, I am in the midst of you to present our congratulations and positive attitudes  shown during the entire two semesters we went through of learning, getting vocation training in hair dressing and tailoring  at PANYADOLI VOCATIONAL INSTITUTE.  Blessed be the Lord God  of  mercy who poured his grace to us until we finished our Sessions.  It was not an easier work but by the direction of the Omnipotent  we  have succeeded.

During   our studies,   we   went   down and high divers temptations. We stood firm and very determined to   rescuer and achieve our Goals.

The fortune of being graduated today is in accordance with the existence of our Teachers that RMF we recognize all by starting by ADO BYAMUNGU in Hair Dressing and SIMON in Tailoring they deserve our congratulations,

We congratulate in abundant RMF that thought to our future by putting and funding the school for the benefit of the Nation. Director RMF Uganda Mr. Naku Charles Lwanga with skills and potentials has been a back bone during our studies.

We are here by presenting our recognition and congratulations to the following service providers and organizations.

UNHCR in collaboration with AAH`I for their contribution of power or steamer that facilitated practicals.

The effort of the communities around for the stabilization of our institution in pieces of advice when misunderstandings occur between Students and Instructors.

All the students despite linguistic barrier, social affairs, they must receive this congratulation.

We recognize our parents, spouses, children of our households with their assistance morally, materially, given during this journey we have completed today.

We don`t forget the Landlord OPM for their security hand in hand with POLICE PANYADOLI.

We thank you all.

For God and my country

Head Prefect

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