A total of 5,739 school children were supported by RMF/WCF funding for the second term of 2015 in
Nursery, Primary, and Secondary Schools; including Kenyans, South/Sudanese, Rwandan, Burundian,
Ugandan IDPs, and Congolese children/students. New partnership with World’s Children Fund results in more staff and more help in all areas of medical and educational need. Distributions of scholastic materials to all children in the different schools were made. RMF/WCF, local government, and UNHCR equipped the health center with pharmaceuticals this reporting period.
As a result of RMF’s partnership with JICA and the Government of South Sudan new staff was recruited and additional courses were introduced for the vocational training institute.
132 students graduated from the Vocational Training Institute on August 15th, 2015 with skills in such areas as Tailoring, Hairdressing, Carpentry, and Bricklaying.
With extra medical help the community has become less sick resulting in productive activities especially farming. Many families provide vegetables to supplement the food rations provided by WFP.
The community’s interest in the Vocational Training Institute increases as does the amount of students who apply. 183 applicants were interviewed and 92 were admitted.
Recruitment of new HIV/AIDS staff has boosted the volunteers, counseling, and testing provided in Panyadoli Health Center III. Communities are being sensitized on prevention.
The Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement in Bweyale, Uganda, is a UNHCR managed refugee settlement that provides shelter, land, and support for more than 100,000 people. They are comprised of refugees from Kenya, DR Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, and South Sudan. RMF has partnered with UNHCR in supporting Kiryandango Refugee Settlement, the surrounding community of Bweyale, and the greater Kiryandongo District (an additional 266,197 people) with health care, education, and vocational training since 2008.
The Vocational Training Institute continues to offer basic skills to refugees in the settlement as a way of improving their livelihoods. Therefore the objective of empowering all refugees in the settlement with skills is still achievable as this year’s target is not far from being achieved.
In the month of August, the Vocational Institute graduated its second intake of the year 2015 with 132 students registering for the DIT exams and the same number graduating. The dropout rate has gone down.
The function was graced by the country representative of JICA South Sudan, the Undersecretary Ministry of Labor, South Sudan, and the Settlement Commandant plus partner managers within Kiryandongo. The invited guests could see the level of vocational skilling as the Settlement Commandant thanked the Government of South Sudan for showing that love and commitment and JICA at large for extending a big hand to the Kiryandongo refugee community by skilling them through RMF.
The Undersecretary was pleased with RMF’s efforts to see that the refugees receive those skills so that they will be able to earn a living. The function started at 9:00am and ended with the representatives giving out start-up kits to the graduates, and then the guests and the students were served lunch. The day was full of celebration and community.