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A forum for expression, exploration and imagination to foster sense of mutual understanding between IDPs & host communities in IDPs camps.

Using culture to provide a forum for expression and exploration to foster a sense of mutual understanding between IDPs & hosts communities.

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

Uganda is the largest refugee host in Africa with the refugee population 1.3 million coming from neighboring countries facing both political and social conflicts. As conflicts in neighboring countries rages on, desperate civilians continue to pour across the borders into Uganda. While they escaped the death and destruction of wars, many refugees now find themselves in desolate refugee camps in Uganda. These refugees pack into urban slums and refugee camps, straining services and resources, leading to strained tensions with local populations. Lives are on hold and official work is prohibited. While international humanitarian organizations scramble to provide food, shelter and medical care to refugees, other critical needs often fall through the cracks, such as educational and creative activities for youth to focus on, trauma relief and mentorship programs. There is a lack of arts and culture that enrich the human experience and no platform for refugee voices to reach out to the world to tell their own stories. To address these, Eagle Eye Initiative has teamed up with refugee artists and educators into a forum for expression, exploration and imagination which in turn fosters an improved sense of well-being, belonging and mutual understanding among refugees and their host communities in Uganda. We facilitate workshops and public art projects with young refugees. Through discussions and art-making, refugees explore social issues, their dreams for the future, and their plight as refugees. In host communities in Uganda, refugees and Ugandan young people work on collaborative arts-based projects that focus on reducing tensions and promoting social cohesion between these two populations. Hundreds of children have had the opportunity to participate and add their own creativity to singing, dancing and painting throughout Ugandan refugee camps and in host communities, bringing colors and life to a desolate environment and spreading messages of hope to local residents

Geography of focus (500 characters)

Uganda continues to be the largest refugee hosting country in Africa with nearly 1.45 million refugees, which represents 3 per cent of Uganda’s entire population. , with more than 1 million who fled South Sudan. Beyond this massive displacement into northern Uganda, many settlements in the southwestern part of the country are also seeing steady influxes of refugees from the Democratic republic of Congo 82% of all new refugees in Uganda are women and children.

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)

Many refugees across Uganda face similar challenges, refugees from DRC, Burundi, and Rwanda living in southwestern Uganda underlined protection concerns as a major issue. Women and girls, frequently mentioned experiencing assault, sexual violence, and intimidation, often while collecting firewood in host communities. On the other hand, South Sudanese refugees living in northern Uganda reported prioritizing emergency assistance such as basic services. so our idea will help to leave in harmony.

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

There are so many problems that will be solved by our idea and they are listed hear ,finding affordable housing,finding employment,language and communication barriers,racism and discrimination,community attitudes,impact of disrupted education on schooling.

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

In Uganda cultural activities bring very many people together and its one of the the activities that all people enjoy the happiest moment. These cultural activities are educative, entertaining, peace promoting, restoration of hope in the people, stress management, promotes norms and values are passed so Using culture to provide a forum for expression and exploration to foster a sense of mutual understanding between IDPs & hosts communities, will promote all the above in the end IDPs and host communities. Positive change will be seen if the IDPs start participating freely in the activities of the community together with the host communities.

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

Uganda’s humanitarian miracle is, I believe, cultural: Ugandans see this as a moral obligation, rather than a political operation or PR campaign the only activities that now Ugandans enjoy most are promoting and protecting their cultures, tradition and norms and they like to teach them to so may people that's why Uganda is the country with the highest number of refuges and foreigners in Africa. that means Uganda is a very friendly country that's what inspires me.

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

Uganda is a very friendly country that hosts people from different countries that’s why it’s the only country that has the biggest number of IDPs in east Africa. Uganda continues to be the largest refugee hosting country in Africa with nearly 1.45 million refugees, which represents 3 per cent of Uganda’s entire population. , with more than 1 million who fled South Sudan. Beyond this massive displacement into northern Uganda, many settlements in the southwestern part of the country are also seeing steady influxes of refugees from the Democratic republic of Congo 82% of all new refugees in Uganda are women and children.Uganda is a humanitarian superpower that is almost completely unrecognized as such outside humanitarian and aid circles. Second only to Turkey in the number of refugees within its borders, Uganda is special not only because of the numbers it welcomes, but because of the way it treats them Uganda is expected to host 1.11 million refugees from South Sudan in 2019

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

Cultural diversity creates a rich and varied world, which increases the range of choices and nurtures human capacities and values, and is therefore a mainspring for sustainable development for communities, peoples and nations. Through culture we shall introduce people to new norms and values that will help them bond with the host communities for example dressing cord, food, traditional games, music dance and drama so that they can fit well in the host communities. There will be need to change a bit in the culture for the betterment of the IDPs and the host communities.

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

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) will help refugees and immigrants to defended their rights, asylum seekers, and internally displaced persons in Uganda. International Rescue Committee will help vulnerable Ugandans recover from war and safely rebuild their communities.The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives,Doctors Without Borders, is an international humanitarian medical non-governmental organisation of French origin best known for its projects in conflict zones and in countries affected by endemic diseases.

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

  • Service: A new or enhanced service that creates value for end beneficiaries

Idea Proposal Stage

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

Group or Organization Name

EAGLE EYE INITIATIVE (E.EI) LIMITED

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

Eagle Eye Initiative is a non government, non political and non profit registered organization based in Uganda. it works tiresomely to improve the lives of the marginalized people in Uganda. our organization helps to provide school materials to the poor, provide sanitary towels to girls, teaching mind set change and all in all promoting peace amongest the people of Uganda. so since our organization helps the marginalized and promotes peace, so our idea fits in. we are the best group because Culture means the 'way of life' of groups of people, meaning the way they do things, so if we teach the refugees our culture we will become one family and there will be no discrimination amongest each other.our mail goal as eagle eye initiative is to see all people happy .

Type of submitter

  • We are a registered Non-Profit Organization

Organization Headquarters: Country

UGANDA

Organization Headquarters: City / State

KAMPALA/UGANDA

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Thanks so much

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Hi, SSEWANTE ANDREW, welcome to the Challenge. We wish you success in your good work!