Hope is still alive in a refugee camp
There is hope for refugees in the Nakivale refugee camp which is located in Isingiro, Uganda. This camp is a home to a vibrant population of over 100 000 refugees. These refugees from Kenya, The Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia have one thing in common: they come form neighbouring countries that have suffered from conflicts over the years.
Despite their differences they stand in solidarity to build a better life for themselves. The majority of these refugees live a life that many can't imagine is a reality. They conquer the worst day by day with determined personalities and smiles on their faces.
Over the past few years the Kamran Farid Foundation (KFF) has partnered and supported a Non-Government Organization called Just Path. This NGO is based in the Nakivale refugee camp. Through education, health and wellness programs, sustainability and emergency relief support, our foundation has empowered this community to reunite families, restore their dignityand basic human rights.
Just Path was founded by John Semahoro who is a refugee himself from the DR Congo, together with Kenneth Wynne who at the age of 20 traveled from Connecticut, USA to Uganda. They had a vision to bring change to the living circumstances of the refugees in the Nakivale refugee camp. Their aim is to re-establish the lives of refugees who have been displaced due to the ongoing conflict in their home countries.
The strategy is that once the Just Path team meets a refugee, they are assessed and based on their needs they begin to harness the skills of those individuals. Once the individuals’ skills are cultivated, Just Path are able to make a profession through it and engage them into more learning opportunities. Opportunities that will help the society be independent and live a sustainable lifestyle include driving school, English classes, sewing lessons, hair saloon school, medical school, and so forth. After the heaviest burdens become lighter for the refugees, they are able to live with less worries and invest into the development of their new community.
The journey has truly been worthwhile. Our foundation is looking to be able to see sustainability in the projects for the families by increasing profitable opportunities, as well furthering their education. In addition, Just Path wants to see all families speaking proficient English, and able to successfully provide for their respective families and community as a whole. Just Path also hopes to see more families united and able to live together again. In the future we hope to improve the current projects and look into ways to expand it ; this means more families, more economic projects, more refugees living a respectful life. We are constantly evaluating Just Path’s progress and looking for ways to develop the NGO, for the benefit of the people we are collectively passionate about empowering!