Uganda hosts more refugees than any other country in Africa. FCA supports quality education, the entrepreneurship of women and youth, and builds links between learning and earning for both refugees and Ugandans.
Finn Church Aid’s (FCA) operations in Uganda span across the rights to quality education, sustainable livelihoods and peace. FCA’s role and responsibility have grown in response to the massive influx of refugees from South Sudan in 2016 as well as continued violence in DR Congo.
Most of the inhabitants of the refugee settlements of northern and south-western Uganda are women and youth. Refugees co-exist with Ugandans in settlement areas.
FCA also supports skills training for youth in slum areas under the theme of peace.
Population: 40.9 million
Currency: Ugandan shilling
Languages: English (official), Swahili (official), Ganda (Luganda), Arabic, other indigenous languages
Religions: Protestant 45% Roman Catholic 39%, Muslim 14%, other 2%
FCA in Uganda: Since 2014
youth received business training and career guidance and counselling.
children’s primary education was supported.
women benefited from women’s groups’ activities.
Supporting refugees and host communities in Uganda
FCA works with the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR as well as other actors in responding to the refugee situation in Uganda. FCA was selected by the OPM and UNHCR as an implementing partner in education and livelihoods in Bidibidi, Yumbe district – one of the world’s largest refugee settlements and works in several other settlements in the north and southwest of the country.
In 2019, our education activities impacted 67,997 learners at the primary level and 8,961 at the secondary level. We supported the construction of 49 classrooms in Uganda during the year, and the pupils of those schools were provided with school materials. We also distributed hygiene kits to girls so that menstruation would not interrupt their school attendance.
Teacher training is one of the cornerstones of quality education. A total of 2,605 teachers participated in our training courses in pedagogy, classroom management, and psychosocial support in 2019. School staff and families are trained to advocate for sustainable solutions to protection and livelihoods.
In 2015, FCA established the first school for children with disabilities in Adjumani district, which has been home to refugees from South Sudan for nearly 30 years.
FCA’s other current donors in the refugee response include EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), Education Cannot Wait, The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM).
Livelihood opportunities for women and youth
FCA has developed a business model which is implemented in the Rwamwanja refugee settlement with Congolese refugees and host community students. The project involves supporting graduates for job readiness, to write business plans, starting their own businesses and linking them to the private sector for employment within for instance tailoring, blacksmith welding, sandal-making, construction, hotel management and motorcycle maintenance.
In 2019, FCA supported the business training and career guidance of 1,610 youth. Almost all of the participants completed an internship as part of their training. During the year, 32 youth completed a programme that provided them with EU-certified diplomas in micro-entrepreneurship.
FCA also supports a skills training centre in Katwe, a slum area in the capital Kampala that has a reputation associated with criminality, prostitution and recruitment of extremist groups.
Women’s Bank savings groups reached 8,394 women who benefited from training sessions and savings, as well as through loans granted by the groups to female entrepreneurs.
In Kamwenge, Wakiso and Yumbe, women established 1,038 businesses in 2019; in Kamwenge alone, the women’s groups saved 107,341 euros.
Our country programme in Uganda reached a total of 119,095 people last year.