This project will sustain and enhance HOCW's adult education program. Refugees arrive in Uganda having lived in conflict areas most of their lives and have not had the opportunity to access basic education services nor are they prepared for work in their new home country. HOCW provides English classes, basic literacy, & job training for 120 refugees. This project will expand the existing program by building an additional classroom and a computer lab as well as allowing us to hire 3 instructors.
The UN estimates there are 150,000 refugees from Rwanda, Burundi, DRC and S. Sudan living in Uganda. They have escaped civil wars, large-scale violence and other trauma. When they arrive in Uganda they face many barriers to successfully supporting themselves and families. They bring with them little or no money, do not speak English or other local languages, and need to heal from the violence they experienced or witnessed. The project will help 120 East African refugees overcome these barriers.
Although HOCW provides support to newly arrived refugees in many ways, this project focuses on adult education. HOCW holds English classes at 6 different levels from basic literacy to advanced. Our community collective has classes in tailoring, jewelry making, soap making, and mat weaving. With the Global Giving Funding, HOCW will build a computer lab to teach basic computer skills as well as utilize computer-based curricula in other subjects such as math and science.
Through offering these classes, HOCW helps facilitate refugees' integration into society, open doors to jobs and independence in their new country. Being able to support one's family is often a first step towards healing the emotional scars of war and conflict. Preparing parents and families to work and be successful also breaks the cycle of poverty. Parents with a reliable income can provide their children with access to education and healthcare, improved nutrition, and reliable water sources.