14 Jun -
16 Jul 2017
civil war in South Sudan has led to a continuing influx of refugees into Uganda. The Ugandan government has set up many settlements for these displaced people. Team Rubicon was invited to partner with Feed the Hungry in their mission to provide food to children at the Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement in northern Uganda. This settlement is run by UNHCR and the Office of the Prime Minister. It has a stated capacity for 50,000 people, but is currently housing more than 85,000,90% of which are women and children. There are between 11 and 15 schools within the settlement, some educating more than 5000 children. FTH has committed to feeding these children in their school setting, with research showing attendance at school is considerably higher and more consistent when a meal is provided there. This is particularly important given the Ugandan Government’s progressive approach to managing refugees and providing a pathway to integrate into society via a formal education. One of the schools in the settlement was recently declared the best in the entire Kiryandongo District. Current cooking solutions are basic and generate heat inefficiently. FTH requested TR assist in the construction of permanent, secure kitchen structures to enable more effective feeding of large numbers of hungry schoolchildren and promote more sustainable use of fuel sources (firewood).
TR volunteers worked alongside Feed the Hungry UK to build 7 secure, permanent kitchen facilities to feed thousands of school children in the Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement, home to Kenyan and South Sudanese refugees.