Refugees and local host communities grapple with education and skills gap making it difficult for them to have a source of income and transition from unemployment or vulnerable employment into decent jobs. Our aim is to link the young people that will have undergone our capacity building with decent employment from our partnerships with job sourcing and recruitment companies supported by local economic development.
Over one million refugees have fled to Uganda in the last two and a half years, making the Pearl of Africa the third largest refugee-hosting country in the world after Turkey and Pakistan, with 1.36 million refugees by June 2018. Children, adolescents and youth make up the highest population bracket with limited income-generating opportunities; both refugees and host communities are challenged by the lack of access to capital, lack of skills and few employment opportunities as reported by UNHCR.
Our trained volunteers will be engaging the refugee youths to equip them with Entrepreneurship, employability, leadership and personal development skills. Our intention is to support refugees to thrive economically and socially. We will work to transition refugee camps from just temporary communities where people languish waiting for wars to end but as centers where they triumph over trauma and train them to be agents of positive change & social transformation and become economically empowered.
After successful entrepreneurship, employability, leadership and personal development training, the graduate refugees are able to set up small businesses, be the leaders in their communities, catalysts of change in their communities, get formal or informal employment that will enable them to earn income for sustainability. The graduates will attain knowledge on how to create sustainable business models and also become empowered young leaders who can lead choice-filled lives.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).