ADRA’s Country Director for Uganda, Charles Ed II Aguilar, details some of ADRA’s projects for refugees, including building solar wells, classrooms and playgrounds, and providing reusable sanitary pads. He explains why Uganda has “the friendliest refugee policy in the world.”
Question: As ADRA's Country Director for Uganda. I understand a major part of your work is in a Sudanese refugee camp. How big is the camp? Why are the refugees there?
Answer - February - Refugees - Verification - Number
Answer: As of February 2019, there are 1.2 million registered refugees (verified through biometric verification). The largest number are coming from South Sudan with about 801,000 registered. The rest are from Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Somalia, Rwanda, Eritrea, Sudan, Ethiopia, and more.
Uganda has the friendliest refugee policy in the entire world. Uganda doesn’t put refugees in camps, but rather in settlements — where refugees have freedom to move around the country and are given a small plot of land where they can build their new “home” and do backyard gardening for sustainability.
Settlements - Uganda - Bidibidi - Refugee - Settlement
There are 14 refugee settlements in Uganda. Bidibidi Refugee Settlement is the largest, with more than 224,000 South Sudanese refugees.
In 2018, ADRA was present in six of the 14 refugee settlements.
Refugees - South - Sudan - Democratic - Republic
The refugees coming from South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo are mostly fleeing from war and violence.
Can you tell us about some of the projects ADRA is working on in the settlement?
ADRA - Projects - Refugee - Settlements - Activity
ADRA is implementing several projects in the refugee settlements. Our largest activity right now is our partnership with the United Nations World Food Program where we assist with complementary food assistance to more than 60,000 refugees from Congo.
ADRA also constructed solar wells, playgrounds, classrooms, community centres, dormitories, latrines and bathing shelters.
ADRA - Damage - Bidibidi - Refugee - Settlement
In 2018, ADRA was tasked to help mitigate the environmental damage in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement, ADRA planted over 100,000 trees (with more than 70% survival rate —...
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