As part of the activities to commemorate the World Day for Safety and Health at work 2016, InterAid Uganda staff have participated in a health run organised by the Ministry of Gender Labour and social development.
The final celebrations will be commemorated under the theme, “Workplace stress: A collective challenge”, at Kampala Capital City Authority on the 28th April, 2016.
The commemoration comes at a time when there is a dire need to popularize and practically implement relevant laws on occupational safety and health so as to prevent occupational incidents, accidents, injuries and death in Uganda. Over 15 members represented InterAid Uganda.
On April 14, 2016, a group of students from Nkumba University donated clothes and other household items to Refugee youths supported by InterAid Uganda. The function which took place at Antonio Guterez community centre in Kabusu, saw over 100 youths walking away with plastic /polythene bags full of clothes and other items like sugar, salt, soap and mattresses.
Esther Omanyindo 22, a refugee from Congo and currently staying in Mubarak Zone, Makindye Division received a mattress. She is a young mother with 3 three children and this is what she had to say about the donation. “I am so excited; you have saved me from the coldness. Since 2013 when I arrived in Uganda, I have been sleeping on the floor with my children. I am so grateful”.
Shafiq Kagimu, the team leader as well as the Class Coordinator for Social Work and Social Administration (SWASA) year 3, said the items were solicited from the students’ fraternity as well as the communities surrounding the university.
On Saturday 9, April 2016, InterAid Uganda hosted a delegation of high ranking officials from UNHCR headquarters in Geneva Switzerland. The function which took place at Sheraton hotel began with the exhibition where different groups of refugees show cased the different economic activities they are involved in. These included farming, Art and craft, tailoring, as well as co-curricular activities among others.
The delegation was treated to an hour of free entertainment from Tunaweza group. Tunaweza is an entertainment refugee youth group that specialises in Music dance and dram (MDD). The entertainment ranged from the drama skits, jazz, traditional Kinyarwanda and Kirundi music, then the Congolese music which did not leave people in their seats.
While officiating at the function, the Assistant Commissioner for Youth and Children Mondo Kyateka offered Tunaweza group an opportunity to be the lead entertainment group for 2016 International Youth day in August.
Kyateka asked the youth group to use music to unite people other than promoting hatred.
As the rainy season kicks off in most parts of the country, Refugees in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement have received planting materials from InterAid/UNHCR. The Planting materials include 6 kilograms of Maize and 3 kilograms of beans for each family.
According to Simon Amani, InterAid Uganda’s Livelihood officer in Kiryandongo, the distribution exercise is targeting 1000 households. It aims at supplementing the food supply as well as bringing extra income to the households.
“We are running away from the dependency syndrome. The current supply targets new arrivals from September 2015 to March 2016 who are already resettled in the camp. Those who got last season shall not get because we believe they kept some seeds for planting this season,” Amani said this while distributing the seeds at Magamaga Trading centre on Friday.
Amani discouraged the refugees from selling the seeds because they are meant to boost food production for the families. “Sometimes, there are delays in food supply and distribution but with the supplementary food production families can still have food to feed on until the next distribution,” he said. “If you are found selling these seeds in the market, you will be arrested. If you are not ready to plant them, leave them for those who are ready,” Amani added.