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 Isingiro District in Western Uganda

No of Occupants:

121,987 Refugees

Origin of Refugees:

Congolese, Somalis, Burundians Rwandan, South Sudanese, Sudanese, Liberians, Ethiopians, Eritreans, Kenyans, Pakistanis and Senegalese

Sectors Implemented

 Livelihoods Self-reliance and Community Service

 Environment and Natural Resources Management

 Safe Access to Fuel & Energy (SAFE)

 CTA(Community Technology Access)

Nakivale Settlement

PUBLISHED — 20-April-2017

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Officials getting information from the community in Nakivale Settlement

Nakivale is home to 121,987 refugees and 21,068 nationals/host community members. 41.2% of this population are youth between 18-36 years of age. The project target age range is 15-36 and this accounts for 45.7% of the total population.

Ongoing Activities

  • Livelihood: Includes activities such as 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: Includes activities such as 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 wetland demarcation.
  • Energy: Includes activities such as 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.
  • Others include:
  • Training on income generating ventures like business management and other non-agricultural income generating activities like tailoring.
  • Monitoring and supporting refugees’ activities through provision of advisory services in various agricultural and non-agricultural activities.

Success Stories

Through the period of implementation in all of the sectors, improvements have been made in the lives of the beneficiaries and the community at large, but the most remarkable ones include:

  • Increased level of food security in households to the extent that even when World Food Program (WFP) reduces food rations, the community easily understands and is able to cope.
  • Having secured food for family consumption, the refugees can now also sell the surplus to earn income and use it to provide other needs like decent housing (iron roofing and use of not burnt bricks), clothing and some productive assets like motorcycles as boda bodas, mobile telephones and bicycles
  • Change in attitudes of the refugee community to the level that they have realized that they too are responsible for their well being and therefore can aid in providing for the family needs. They have also taken up initiatives to conserve the environment by constructing and using energy saving stoves, which save more firewood in food preparation than the ordinary 3 stones, planting trees to replenish the vegetation cover and most importantly, planting trees to protect Lake Nakivale green belt
  • The refugees have also been able to acquire productive skills like tailoring and put them into use to improve their living conditions, as some of them are now earning from sewing people’s clothing. Some have even opened their own tailoring businesses.
  • Refugees’ levels of creativity have improved to the extent that some are able to start business with proceeds from the harvests of their backyard vegetable gardens (such as tomato and onions) and some other small businesses.