Young African Refugees for Integral Development (YARID), Kampala, Uganda

YARID is a Ugandan NGO which supports and empowers refugees and displaced people in Uganda. Their aim is to help those who have been displaced to integrate into society and become self-reliant. Their beneficiaries are facing deprivation and vulnerability from a lack of access to health care, education and opportunities in their new communities. YARID is led by the refugees they support, using a community development/inclusion model. Programmes are cyclical and often short term, dependent on funding. They run programmes across various locations with some centralised training at their office and in rented centres. YARID is currently based in Kampala with the goal to expand further into Uganda.

 

These have been their recent main projects:

  • Education Programme, which offers English and functional adult literacy classes. The ‘Bridge to Formal Education’ project supports primary school children to access formal education by supporting their families to become more self-sufficient and helping the children integrate into Ugandan schools.
  • Women’s Empowerment Programme, which provides vocational and business education to women to enable them to become self-reliant.
  • Sports for Development, which offers soccer and baseball coaching for children. It uses sport as a tool for bringing people together – the ‘Soccer for Peace’ project is run with UNCR.
  • Computer Literacy and Social Media Project, which offers classes in computer operating systems, Microsoft Office, mobile technology, and social media (Twitter & Facebook). It also provides a hub and social space for members to meet.
  • Job readiness and placement Programme, which provides training to help refugees get employment.

The majority of beneficiaries are refugees and asylum seekers from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, Ethiopia and South Sudan, aged between 15-35.

 

For more information, please visit their website.