The number of refugees has been increasing since 2009; therefore, more support is needed to respond to humanitarian needs of this increasing number.

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The settlement is located in Kyegegwa District in Western Uganda

No of Occupants:

28,892 Refugees

Origin of Refugees:

Congolese, Rwandan, Burundians, Sudanese, Eritreans

Sectors Implementated

 Environment and Natural Resources Management

 Safe Access to Fuel & Energy (SAFE)

Kyaka II

PUBLISHED — 25-April-2017

chaka II settlement

Settlers in Kyaka II waiting to get logs.

Kyaka II Refugee Settlement is a refugee camp in Kyegegwa District in Western Uganda. Kyaka II encompasses 81.5 square kilometers in the three sub counties of Mpara, Kyegegwa and Kabweza in the eponymous Kyaka county. It houses 28,892 refugees. Nsamizi-UNHCR project implementation in Kyaka II terminated in December of 2017.


  • Livelihood: Distribution of crop seeds, goats, and pigs as well as farming using tractors, vegetable farming, backyard gardening, fish farming, micro-credit financing, VSLAs, and skills training in carpentry, tailoring and mechanics.
  • Environment: Protection of Lake Nakivale green belt, sensitization on environmental conservation, tree planting in schools, community woodlots and households, sand-mine restoration, training in tree seedling production, nursery bed management and wet land demarcation.
  • Energy: Research on renewable energy, energy saving stove construction, production of charcoal briquettes, sensitization of the community on biomass fuel or briquette use, provision of solar lights, and distribution of charcoal briquettes.

Success Stories

Chantal is a female Congolese refugee from Bunagana in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She is 34 years old and married with four children. She resides in Gisura B in the Rubondo zone. She came to the settlement in 2005 due to instabilities in her home area, which left all of her belongings destroyed and others robbed by the militia group. She has benefited from a number of support efforts from the Nsamizi-UNHCR project, like educational sensitization on agronomic practices, receiving and planting high yielding seeds and recieving training in tailoring with one of the tailoring groups in Gisura. After acquiring these skills, she harvested her crops and sold and bought a sewing machine for 300,000 Ugx, which she is using now to repair people’s clothes where she earns additional daily income.