Currently, a total of 10,083 students are supported by RMF/WCF funding in nursery, primary, and secondary schools, including South Sudanese, Kenyan, Rwandan, Burundian, Ugandan IDP, and Congolese children/students. School fees for all RMF-sponsored students were paid at the beginning of the reporting period:
We continue to provide financial support and guidance for the four departments at RMF’s Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute (PVTI). During this reporting period, the following accomplishments were achieved:
RMF has continued to implement our sports development program, which is promoting psychological wellbeing, life skills, and cooperation among the youth. The program has helped diffuse some of the tension existing between different tribes from South Sudan. During this reporting period, the following activities were carried out:
RMF continued to provide financial support to the Precious Children’s Centre in Kawempe, Kampala, which takes care of orphans and vulnerable children. The funding from RMF is used to purchase of food for the children. This has helped to keep more children in class and to stabilize the center’s operations.
Patricia Biira is a three-year-old girl who was born with holes in her heart. Thanks to RMF’s support, she underwent a successful heart surgery at the Uganda Heart Institute on August 16, 2017 and received emergency treatment a week later, when a new attack almost claimed her life. Patricia is now at home with her parents, and according to the medical review that was done in September, she is recovering steadily. Our team will check on Patricia’s progress again during the second quarter of 2018.
A total of 80 students continued with their studies at Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute (PVTI), completing their training in one of the school’s four departments: Bricklaying and Concrete Practice, Carpentry and Joinery, Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy, or Tailoring and Garment Cutting. 79 of these students took the DIT exams on April 25, 2018, earning certificates that will facilitate further studies and/or employment at reputable businesses.
Training materials for the semester were purchased in the required quantities and in the required timeline. Scholastic materials such as books and pens were also distributed.
Financial support was delivered to the Precious Children’s Centre. This is used to purchase food for the children, improving their health and ability to concentrate on learning.
RMF recruited additional medical and support staff, which has helped reduce the number of referrals. A majority of medical cases are now handled at the Panyadoli Health Centre III, and only complicated cases are referred to Kiryandongo Hospital, Gulu Hospital, or to the national referral hospital in Mulago.
The bond of collaboration between RMF and Kiryandongo Hospital has been strengthened since RMF has provided a medical officer to support the hospital, especially with cases requiring surgery.
The health centers have maintained a high level of cleanliness and we maintained our contribution of medications, medical supplies, laboratory supplies, and cleaning supplies.
Delivered financial support to schools in the settlement supported by RMF/WCF: Beth Cole Nursery School, Arnold Nursery School, Can Rom Primary School, Arnold Primary School, and Panyadoli Self Help Secondary School.
10,083 schoolchildren were supported for the first term of 2018, including South Sudanese, Kenyan, Rwandan, Burundian, Ugandan IDP, and Congolese pupils. The number of youths and children who used to loiter in the settlement has reduced significantly.
RMF purchased and supplied required office stationery for the program, and facilities entrusted to RMF have been protected accordingly. Throughout the reporting period, no cases of theft were reported.
RMF has continued to deliver health services according to the tripartite agreement between the UNHCR, OPM, and RMF. Thus, RMF continues to perform our duties as the UNCHR Health Implementing Partner in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement.
The health program continues to improve the health of refugee communities and host communities.
The program hosted a total of 3 teams from other districts and 4 teams from the host community. This has been a good avenue for interaction and, consequently, creating bonds of friendship among participants.
Additionally, RMF purchased essential sports training items, including balls, cones, sports bibs, uniforms, and cleats, among others.
A special training session was conducted for the coaches by Asuman Lubega, an expert in soccer and a general advisor of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) House Uganda. During these sessions, the coaches were taught special skills for managing a team.
The sports development program has started attracting media attention. During the reporting period, the StarTimes TV crew came and conducted media interviews with the participants. This is helping to create publicity for the program.
The sports program has enabled some participants to secure scholarships for secondary school.
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.
Vivian Adokorach graduated in 2016 from PVTI’s Tailoring and Garment Cutting Department. Equipped with her startup kit, Vivian works at Bweyale market, making designed and kitenge clothing, bed sheets, pillowcases, and other products.
The money she earns assists her in buying food and other essential supplies at home, as well as more material. Vivian said that the only problem she has is capital to buy material that will attract more clients.
Scovia Achola graduated from PVTI in December 2017. She did not receive a startup kit, but she rents a sewing machine at UGX 10,000 per week. She loves her work, and she said that during market days she earns more than UGX 20,000, which helps support her family, paying school fees for her siblings and looking after her sickly mother.
Scovia is optimistic that from the savings she will accumulate this year, she will be able to expand her business, therefore being able to open her own shop.
Dorcus Angee graduated in August 2015 from PVTI’s Tailoring and Garment Cutting Department. Equipped with her startup kit, Dorcus rented a veranda in front of a shop, where she does her tailoring work and also sells clothes and bags to make ends meet. She is optimistic that by the start of next year, she will have saved enough money to shift to a better location and expand her business.
Dorcus also describes the difficulties of her situation: she spends part of her earnings on repairs for her sewing machine, the site of her business is not very comfortable, and dust disturbs her business. Despite these difficulties, she is thankful for the opportunity and to RMF and Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute for the skills acquired.
The program faced a shock in November 2017 due the death of Caroline Tukugize, the well-loved RMF program manager for Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement. She died shortly after undergoing a successful C-section to deliver twins at Paragon Hospital in Kampala.
Our team is keeping in touch with Caroline’s husband, Francis, and we are providing support for her twins.