Uganda is considered a prime example in dealing with refugees. Instead of setting up refugee camps, the Ugandan government is trying to integrate those affected by displacement into local village communities. The refugees receive small plots of land from the Ugandan government for provisional management. According to the UN Refugee Agency (UHNCR), 1.4 million people have now sought refuge in Uganda. Around 1,800 are added per day. More than three quarters of them are women and children under the age of 18, escaping from war and persecution from southern Sudan (1).
The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is using a special fund to provide additional support for school and training projects in order to relief the situation for the refugees and their helpers in Uganda (2). Nevertheless, the aid from Germany and other donor countries are far from sufficient. According to UNHCR, food rations for refugees have already been cut in Uganda. Health stations in the refugee settlements also lack medical staff and medicines and with more than 200 students per class, schools are more than overcrowded. Students4Kids tries to help the situation in Uganda in the long term by its commitment to fight micronutrient deficiency.
(1) UN Refugee Agency Germany (UHNCR). German Online-Article 18/08/2017. Available via https://www.uno-fluechtlingshilfe.de/news/eine-million-gefluechtete-aus-dem-suedsudan-in-uganda-652.html
(2) German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development. German Online-Article 13/10/2017. Available via http://www.bmz.de/20171013-1