• Inside the APEAL Project: Enhancing social protection and safety nets for refugees

By Jack Nyakairu-Project Officer KRC

The Access Protection Empowerment Accountability and Leadership (APEAL) Project is implemented in Kyaka II refugee settlement since May 2020 is coming to a close with gratifying outcomes. The project was implemented in a consortia with KRC working alongside CARE, International Rescue Committee, Save the Children, War Child Holland and Humanity and Inclusion, three other local partner organizations, the Office of the Prime Minister and local governments.

Jack Nyakairu, KRC’s Project Officer for the APEAL project caught up with Minonga Kabangu and Racheal Kizungu and he recollect their stories.

Minonga Kabangu

Minonga Kabangu, 38 years arrived in Uganda with his family in 2015 and settled in Bwiriza zone, Kyaka II refugee settlement, Mpara Sub County Kyegegwa District.

Minonga has faced many challenges in his life. Before fleeing civil conflict back home in DRC, he had been diagnosed with Hernia and undergone a major operation in 2000. Despite his health condition, Minonga started working extremely hard to ensure that his family was okay and this worsened his sickness. When Minonga when enrolled for the APEAL project, he was referred by KRC to Medical Teams International for more specialized treatment for Hernia.

Minonga was enrolled in the KRC facilitated VSLA program and is a member of AMANI Village Savings and Loans Association in Ndolerire village in Bwiriza zone. Together with other members of the VSLA, he was trained by KRC in financial literacy and VSLA methodology. Minonga has been saving with the group and one time acquired a micro loan of Ugx 50,000 which himself and the wife used to start a small business in their locality.

Minonga was referred to Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and enrolled on multipurpose cash program in September 2020. Cash from DRC has helped him in supplementing income earned from his small business. On top of this, He got another loan from the group and added to the profit they make from the clothes business, and bought a sewing machine which his wife operates after she had been trained in skills of sowing clothes back in Congo.

Photo: Mr. Minonga Kabango with his family and poultry around his kitchen garden in his back

Photo: Mr. Minonga Kabango with his family and poultry around his kitchen garden in his back

 

Save the Children which is a partner in APEAL project visited his savings group and selected him for support in setting up a kitchen garden in his back yard. He was supported with seed (dodo, carrots, spinach, onions, sukuma wiki and egg plants) and he has set up the kitchen garden which has helped him to supplement his diet and he also shares the vegetable with his neighbors.

Minonga says that his participation in the APEAL project greatly improved his livelihood and thanks KRC for enlightening his family about forming and managing VSLA groups. He now happily lives with his wife and 6 children. The oldest girl is in primary 5 at Bwiriza Primary School.

Racheal Kizungu

Racheal is a 17 years refugee girl staying in Kyaka II refugees’ settlement in Kyegegwa District. She is leaving with her single mother after the family lost contact with her father because of the war in Congo. While in the settlement, Racheal’s mother doesn’t have any source of income and entirely depends on food rations provided in the refugee camp. Racheal doesn’t go to school and finds it hard to get her basic necessities since her mother is not having any income. As a result, Racheal is exposed to many risks and difficulties to cope since she is a young adolescent girl.

 

Photo: Racheal Kizungu knitting poncho sweaters

Photo: Racheal Kizungu knitting poncho sweaters

Racheal’s mother joined one of the savings group supported by KRC where members help each other to solve day today issues in their lives. Her mother encouraged her to join the Girl Shine Program run by the International Rescue Committee in the settlement which gives girls life skills training.

In the Girls Shine Program, KRC trains young girls in different life skills, including making of poncho sweaters and crochet sandals. Racheal is actively involved in her group, “Girl Child” where she is the group leader, and encourages her members to stay focused. With the skills they have acquired, Racheal and the other girls are able to make Poncho Sweaters and Crochet sandals. The girls are working hard to ensure that they make good quality products which they can sell locally in the settlement and outside the settlement to earn an income.

Racheal has become an inspiration to her peers in the group and others who are not in her group always look to her for guidance and advice on how to meet their daily challenges.

Save the Children which is a partner in APEAL project visited his savings group and selected him for support in setting up a kitchen garden in his back yard. He was supported with seed (dodo, carrots, spinach, onions, sukuma wiki and egg plants) and he has set up the kitchen garden which has helped him to supplement his diet and he also shares the vegetable with his neighbors.

Minonga says that his participation in the APEAL project greatly improved his livelihood and thanks KRC for enlightening his family about forming and managing VSLA groups. He now happily lives with his wife and 6 children. The oldest girl is in primary 5 at Bwiriza Primary School.

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Photo: Racheal and her group members during training

 

Photo: The girls display their products Photo: Some of the products they were trained to make

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