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  • Refugee Stella: Now I have got the knowledge, skills

    By Richard M Kavuma

    When I first come across Stella Kiden Amosa at the end of November 2017, she is explaining to visitors how her group makes briquettes using local materials.

    “We get waste materials such as maize cob, sawdust, groundnut husks or simsim husks, and we carbonize them,” says Stella, one of 20 women in the Fanya Kazi Group in Zone 3 of Palorinya refugee settlement in Moyo district of northwestern Uganda. “We then crush them and add other things like clay soil, molasses and we put in that machine called 12-piston, which produces the briquettes.”

  • Partners impressed by progress on EU-funded water systems in West Nile

     

    IOM Uganda last week hosted partners from the ministry of Water and Environment, Office of the Prime Minister, UNHCR, District Local Governments and agencies to present its designs for upcoming piped water system in Palorinya settlement in Moyo district. The stakeholders also inspected ongoing works for a water system for Zone 4 of Bidibidi settlement in Yumbe district.

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  • International Migrants Day: Stakeholders Call for Safe Migration

    IOM Uganda on Monday hosted the commemoration of International Migrants Day, with ceremonies in the Ugandan capital Kampala.

    Different speakers noted that migration is reality that cannot and should not be fought; rather, what needs to be done is for the government and its partners to strive to make migration safe.
    The Migrants Day theme in Uganda was “The Challenges and Promises of Migration”, mirroring the global theme of “Safe Migration in a World on the Move”.

  • From Congo to Uganda to America: Mulumba’s family begins a new life

     
     
    For a group of Congolese about to fly out of Uganda’s Entebbe airport to settle in America, the mood around Benwamanzi Mulumba’s family is markedly dull.
    From three-year-old Kevin to 46-year-old Jeremiah Mbaha Munganga, nothing gives away any sort of excitement as the refugees are briefed by officers from IOM, the United Nations Migrations Agency.
  • Dinah: We want to make soap easily available to refugees 

     

    As Singajo Dinah Scopas explains the process of making soap under a tree in Palorinya settlement, Moyo district, she has the full of attention of IOM Uganda chief of Mission Ali Abdi. Her large frame, authoritative tone and unhurried confidence give her the aura of a passionate school teacher.

    “First, in bucket A we mix about 400 grams of caustic soda with about a quarter a litre of water and stir a little and then we keep that bucket away because it gets so hot,” says Dinah, the chairperson of Hope Women’s Group in Morobi, Palorinya.

  • IOM Uganda hosts experts to discuss Global Compact on Migration

     
    On 17-18 October 2017, IOM Uganda hosted experts from various sectors for a consultation on what Uganda would like to see included in the Global Compact on Migration (GCM).
     
  • European Union and IOM Uganda support small businesses in city slums

     
    The European Union-funded SSCoS project, implemented by IOM Uganda, today handed over an assortment of goods and equipment to 41 beneficiaries to start or boost their business in four slums in Kampala. The colourful handover ceremony was held in Bwaise, at the premises of the Action for Fundamental Change (AFFCAD). The project, Strengthening Social Cohesion and Stability in Slum Populations, also works in Kisenyi, Katwe and Kabalagala slums, with partners ACTogether, YARID and Xavier Project.
  • EU, CERF and IOM Step Up Life-saving Support South Sudanese Refugees in Uganda Hit 1 Million

     
    Kampala – The number of South Sudanese fleeing to Uganda has surpassed 1 million. IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has intensified its efforts to help refugees and the communities hosting them in coordination with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Since the crisis erupted in South Sudan in December 2013, nearly 4 million people have been displaced from their homes due to insecurity and rising humanitarian needs.