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Share Me Program- Art, Culture, Skills

Give people on the move, and their host communities in Uganda, a platform to develop and share their unique arts, cultures, and skills

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

Uganda hosts more than 1.3 million refugees living in 12 Districts across the country with the refugees' population outnumbering the host population in some districts. Refugees in Uganda come from around 10 countries with the majority (91.6%) originating from either South Sudan (63.8%) or DR Congo (27.8%). This presents diversity in terms of culture, art, and skills that refugees have. While people on the move should be considered Global Citizens, the unfortunate reality is that they are a lost generation. Unable to live in their communities of origin; they lose their identity, culture, art, and their skills do not benefit them. People on the move are forced to adopt new lifestyles, new norms and practices, and new skills for survival; which undermines everything that defined them before they were forced to move. They, therefore, live an isolated life of rejection with total dependence on the insufficient relief handouts by humanitarian agencies and governments. This is because they are not given the opportunity and platform to share what they have got to benefit themselves, their fellow people on the move, and their host communities. The refugees and the host community shall be the direct beneficiaries of Share Me Program. Share Me Program will establish and equip sharing centers that will identify, recruit, develop and package special attributes from specific countries so that they are shared with refugees from other countries and the Ugandan Host Communities. The Ugandan host communities will benefit from this program and do the same. Periodically, public events will be organized in the refugee settlements, host communities and nationally to showcase unique arts, cultures, and skills of both the people on the move and the host communities. Share Me Program will be fun to all parties involved, it will restore hope for the refugees, maintain dignity and provide opportunities for all.

Geography of focus (500 characters)

Share Me Program will be rolled out in three refugee Districts in Uganda: Kiryandongo, Kampala and Kikuube. Although these are among the oldest refugee hosts in the country, the linkage between the refugees and their hosts is still discrete. The choice of these settlements is because of their diversity; for example, Kyangwali Refugee Settlement in Kikuube hosts 5 nationalities with majority Congolese, Kiryandongo hosts 3 Nationalities with majority South Sudanese and Kampala has all countries.

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

In diversity, there is a lot of resources, talent, and opportunities. Because these were not previously tapped into, it left room for blame games, depression, loss of hope and dignity and missed opportunities by both the people on the move and the neighbors. This idea will build this bridge and create a shared future of stability and promise.

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

Share Me Program will address 3 major human needs for people on the move: 1. Identity: People on the move need to keep their identity. Retaining an identity is more than just a statement of nationality on the Refugee ID or attestation; but it includes the ability to practice their art, live according to their cultures and exploit their skills to meet their needs and that of their communities. 2. Sense of belonging: People on the move need to feel at home to be able to lead a productive life. Share Me Program will provide a platform for learning from the diversity that will allow people on the move to create a new home away from home as well as bridge the gaps between the social groups for the host communities. 3. Equal opportunity: People on the move have skills, talents, and passions that they can use to benefit themselves and the host population in a variety of ways. This is only possible if they are given equal opportunities to realize their full potential.

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

Share Me Program will create a shared future of stability and promise for refugees and the host community by ensuring that: 1. there is love and respect for refugees from all walks of life by either fellow refugees, humanitarian workers or host population. Refugees will be able to identify themselves with dignity and self-confidence without any regret or fear of discrimination. 2. refugees are happy and have big dreams for their future. They are not compelled to do new things or learn new skills for survival; neither are they forced to adopt new traditions and forget their values. They have a platform to share what they love to do or hold in high regards. 4. there is a demand for what people on the move have to offer. Their art, skills, and cultures are appreciated and taken advantage of by themselves and the host population. The whole idea for Share Me Program is to unlock opportunities for unique art, skills, and culture that refugees bring.

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

As a refugee for most of my life, I know that giving handouts to refugees is good but not good enough since it creates a sense of dependence. Empowering refugees to benefit from the opportunities in the host community is really wonderful but it creates undesirable competition between people on the move and their hosts. Creating spaces that allow people on the move to develop their unique arts, cultures, and skills to share with the local community is the big deal for me. This is because it introduces new and unique products and services that are enjoyed by both the refugees and the host population unrivaled.

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

Share Me Program will build a bridge between refugee communities from different origins and the host communities. This is needed because refugees do not feel at home in their refugee settlements, while the host communities feel invaded by strangers that compete for their resources and opportunities. This is happening because refugees lack the platform to offer what they have got. In Uganda, the majority of refugees live in rural settings in Refugee Settlements while a significant proportion live in Kampala, the capital city. With no land to cultivate in the settlements and no business or job opportunities to keep refugees busy in both urban and rural settings, refugees always spend their time counting their losses and worrying of what tomorrow will bring. They live in abject poverty with no income and insufficient handouts. In settlements, refugees resort to the illegal harvest of environmental resources for survival, while those in urban are locked up in gambling, betting, and crime.

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

All refugees in Uganda have unique arts, skills, and cultures that they can share with fellow refugees and the host communities. Some refugees have formed groups to share what they have got. In fact, P4T has previously supported Congolese and South Sudanese women, and Congolese youth to share their art. CONGOLESE: The Congolese people are well known for their fashion and art. People in the host communities love the kitenge wear but they have not discovered the SAPE dressing code. Congolese music is played everywhere in Uganda and having groups performing these songs is undoubtedly needed. SOUTH SUDANESE: They have a rich culture and art with wonderful traditions and foods to share RWANDESE: The MUDIO dance is a winner in event entertainment that can be shared SOMALIS: Their tailored designs and foods have the potential of high demand especially by Muslim communities BURUNDIANS: The drumming dance is popular There is, therefore, something unique that every refugee can share.

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

P4T will work with 3 key stakeholders to roll out Share Me Program. GOVERNMENT OF UGANDA: The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), a government directorate already works with P4T by providing land needed for all our refugee settlement projects, supervising activities and monitoring results of our interventions. OPM will be a key partner in Share Me Program. UNHCR: P4T submits periodic reports to UNHCR in Kyangwali. In Share Me Program, UNHCR will carry out monitoring of the project: taking part in field monitoring visits and participating in review, planning and reflection meetings. COMMUNITY LEADERS: Local leaders will help to identify project beneficiaries and support community-based monitoring and evaluation of the project. COMMUNITY MEMBERS: The experts of this project shall be the community members who are also the project beneficiaries. They possess the art, skills, and culture that this project will develop, package and share. PROJECT STAFF.

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Arriving and settling at a destination community

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Platform: Creating a community or market that facilitates interaction between users and resources

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Prototype: We have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.

Group or Organization Name

Planning for Tomorrow Youth Organisation [P4T]

Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

Planning for Tomorrow Youth Organisation (P4T) is a youth-led refugee founded community-based organization that started in November 2007 and was first registered with the Government of Uganda in August 2013. The mission of P4T is to empower communities to become healthy and self-reliant through provision of knowledge and skills. Share Me Program fits well into P4T strategic goal 1 "To promote self-reliance through knowledge and skills" and it will also help P4T to achieve strategic objectives 1a "To enable sustainable community development initiatives through knowledge and innovation and 2a "To improve individuals' psychological and physical wellbeing". P4T is the best organisation to solve this problem because it what informed her foundation. In 2007, after 10 years living as refugees in Kyangwali, we aspired to use Congolese Art to keep women happy, hopeful and self-reliant. We, the founders of P4T, are refugees, with lived experiences of this problem.

Website URL:

www.planningfortomorrow.org

Type of submitter

  • We are a registered Non-Profit Organization

Organization Headquarters: Country

Uganda

Organization Headquarters: City / State

Kyangwali, Kikuube

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Marvellous

We are doing very similar work in Cape Town - simply enabling people to spend time together and share skills and thereby to create real human connections and create opportunities for one another!

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