The Youth Empowerment for the Realization and Promotion of Human Rights in Northern Uganda project is a 5-year-long program led by local organization GWED-G, that uses human rights trainings, empowerment building activities, along with livelihood enhancement initiatives in order to help the youth of N Uganda overcome the hardships experienced during the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) revolution. Donations will go specifically towards financing Income Generating Activities created by youth.
For 20 years Joseph Kony lead the LRA into conflict with the government and the northern Ugandan people. Kony kidnapped thousands of children to become either soldiers or wives of combatants, but also many children suffered living in the IDP camps in Uganda. These experiences left these young people without access to a normal childhood upbringing. This project works with youths who experienced these tragedies.
This project will help to empower those young people who were negatively affected by the war to help them realize their full emotional and economic potentials. This project will sponsor three groups of 25 northern Ugandan war-affected youth, and allow each group to start or further an income generating (IGA) project of their own design. The three IGAs that will be supported through this project will include fish farming, goat rearing, and agriculture.
The program budget ensures that each IGA has enough funding to allow these projects to be self-sustainable, meaning that the profits the youths will make from these projects should be enough for them to reinvest and to grow these economic ventures themselves in the future. By financing these IGAs it will allow for these youths to experience long term economic security and to be able to bring business and prosperity not only to their own families but to their entire communities.