Kiryandongo Support Programs and Vocational Training

March 18, 2013

Naku Charles Lwanga and Jonathan White

Project Background:

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: Scholastic material supplies being delivered to the vocational school:

Project Objectives:

  • Provide funding for continuous running of the vocational school.
  • Provide funding 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, 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 (note any changes from original plans):

School Support

  • All the school fees in all sponsored schools have been cleared for 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

Panyandoli Self Help Secondary School                    101

Total Children Supported                                         1,643

Medicine delivery

RMF/WCF, local government, and UNHCR equipped the health center with pharmaceuticals this reporting period. The last resupply was on November 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 complete the year were provided and the examinations for both courses were held on November 7th and December 12th, 2012, with the semester ending in February 2013.

Results and/or accomplishments achieved during this reporting period: 

  • New teaching staff for tailoring was recruited for the vocational school.
  • In October 2012, 40 new students were accepted, 20 for Tailoring and 20 for Hairdressing, and started their first semester which ends on February 15th, 2013
  • A total of 1,643 school children were supported for the final term of 2012, including Kenyan, Sudanese, Rwandan, Burundian, Ugandan IDP, and Congolese children/students.
  • Continued financial support for the running of the Vocational Training Institute for Tailoring and Hair dressing was provided.
  • The RMF/WCF office at the camp was maintained.
  • Jane is employed at the health center by RMF to support herself and her daughter Lucy instead of depending on RMF’s monthly stipend; she is doing very well at the health center.

Country Page: Uganda Initiative Page: Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement Project