This is what Refugees For Prosperity seeks to address
Help a new Comer settle in, anyone who has lived abroad knows how difficult it can be to learn a new language, make friends, understand the culture, find some where to live or a new job.
That is why Refugees for Prosperity address integration programs include language training, rights and responsibility for refugees, such as rights of education, health centers and free of movement.
Also, we provide mentorship courses to understand a local culture, reducing feels of isolation and loneliness, serve as source of practical, advice and problem-solving assistance. provide Refugees for Prosperity of improving English help the youth maintain cultural link to their country of origin and serve as catalyst for fun activities.
Mentor obtain the satisfaction of helping young people, require new skills and learn about refugee issue as well as other cultures.
Why should governments welcome refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants?
We want to live in a world where people who are in grave danger have the opportunity to rebuild their lives in safety.
In a globalized world, sharing global responsibility for global issues is the fair thing to do.
Host communities benefit from the tremendous energy and drive to start new lives, which these people bring.
Welcoming people from other countries strengthens host communities by making them more diverse and flexible in our fast-changing world.
Some of the most inspiring and influential people in the arts, science, politics and technology have been refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants. They were allowed to rebuild their lives in a new country and they thrived as members of a new community.
Refugees for Prosperity working through Program Facilitators and the community mentor fellows mobilize and recruit Refugee youth from the Settlements and in Vocational institutions.
The refugee mentor fellow through weekly mentorship and facilitating of entrepreneurship modules guide the youth to Identify needs with their community. It is these needs that the youth then turn into business ideas, construct business plans and then start businesses. Business startup capital is often got from fundraising, donations from relatives and parents other youth carry out part-time employment accumulative some money then start their businesses.
Refugees for Prosperity also equips youth with market-driven technical skills to accelerate business growth. Professional skills trainers are enlisted to train the youth in a practical skill that the youth can turn into a business. Skills previously conducted include liquid and bar soap making, baking, chalk making, bookmaking, Vaseline and candle.
A select number of youth are chosen for apprenticeship training. Apprenticeship training is long term training in which a youth is paired with an apprenticeship provider. Apprenticeship training includes auto motor mechanic training, bicycle, and motorcycle mechanic, videography and photography, tailoring, hairdressing, Plumbing.
Through mentorship, home visits, and enterprise visits we encourage youth to form similar interest groups and saving groups. Similar interest groups are those in which Youth dealing in similar line items come together to share success, challenges and brainstorm solutions. Youth become each other’s accountability partners and work collectively to ensure the success of their businesses. An example of a similar interest group is Agro- business. This brings together farmers, as well as all in the agricultural value chain line. We support youth to form savings groups, we go ahead to encourage them to register their savings groups at the sub-county with the Community Development Officer and open up saving groups accounts in youth-friendly banks or microfinance institutions.
We link youth to Market, finance and professional mentorship opening up avenues for youth to grow their capital as well as business acumen.
Youth in Vocational institutions are encouraged to start a business in small groups. Youth mostly practice business in line with the skills they are being taught at the Vocational Institute. For example youth in the catering, class bake cakes and fry snacks which they sell to other youth at the school canteen
To further encourage entrepreneurship, Refugees For Prosperity an accelerator ProgramParticipants for the Accelerator are identified from graduates of the Leadership Entrepreneurship and Apprenticeship program through a competitive referral and application process. Participants are selected for demonstrating commitment and the potential to grow big. Over 6 months, youth in the Accelerator participate in a transformative experience that refines their business models, strengthens their business acumen, and makes finance and non-finance linkages needed for growth.
If each refugee youth entrepreneur establishes an enterprise, that creates at least five new jobs. That can move the needle on youth unemployment across the Uganda regions. That is why Refugees for Prosperity conducts learning labs with Youth on job search skills prepare curriculum vitae (CV) and role-plays on interview skills.
We mentor youth on personal productivity, time management, and work etiquette, conduct employment visits to mentor youth at the workplace and inspire youth to be exemplary at the work of place. We as well find linkages to employment for youth by partnering with companies with work with youth.
Refugee Protection is commonly defined as “all activities aimed at obtaining full respect for the rights of the refugees in accordance with the letter and spirit of the relevant bodies of law, namely human rights law, international humanitarian law and refugee law”. Hence, it is correct to assume that protection covers all activities and projects implemented by the different agents working with refugees, and this does not only include legal protection such as provision of refugee documents, but also everyday tasks such as casework and recreational activities. But let’s see first how protection of refugees came about as a concept.
Youth participate in a transformative experience of life-skills, employability, entrepreneurship, apprenticeship and linkage experiences that enable them to: