Uganda is Africa’s leading refugee-hosting country. In addition to conflict, refugees have recently experienced a cholera outbreak. As a consequence, there have been forty deaths, while cholera has affected over 2,000 people. Between January and March 2018, 60,000 refugees arrived in Uganda from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
How many refugees are hosted in Uganda?
1.4 million refugees are currently hosted in Uganda. These figures include over one million from South Sudan, 275,000 from Democratic Republic of Congo, 40,500 from Burundi and 37,100 from Somalia.
Recently the United Nations and the government in Uganda discovered cases of ‘gross mismanagement, fraud, and corruption in the humanitarian aid operations of refugees’. As a consequence, a plan has been developed to address the financial and protection related risks.
UNICEF is providing humanitarian support to refugees, unfortunately, their humanitarian appeal for children remains critically underfunded. They highlight this in relation to a funding gap of seventy-two percent.
Currently, UNICEF provides temporary learning spaces for early childhood development centers in the Kakoni and Byabakora zones of Kyaka II refugee settlement.
For example, over two hundred caregivers are trained in early childhood development to provide services within these centers. In addition, UNICEF provides technical assistance, for child protection response coordination in conjunction with child protection partners in these rapidly expanding settlements.
Arua Core primary teachers college partnered with UNICEF recently trained 152 female and 91 male caregivers in modules for early childhood development community childcare. In addition, over 1,539 parents were reached with positive parenting messages. This was achieved through participation in parenting sessions.
This has been established to explore the potential of adolescents hosted in Uganda. An example would be 450 adolescents enrolled in training in Rhino camp.
As a result 159 of these students have successfully started income generating activities through skills in tailoring and trade.