URISE is the short form of (U: Ubuntu. R: Restore. I: Inspire. S: Solve. E: Encourage) Initiative for Africa offers innovative and blended learning with a mission to develop talents of kakuma refugee youths between the age of 16-35. The objective is to empower and educate young refugee people of kakuma in peace building, peacekeeping skills as to raise a generation of peace ambassadors who are ready to advocate and promote a non-violent environment. We envision to build a conflict-free zone by empowering young refugee people build their economic and social values. Improving the living standards of young refugee men and women is at the core value of our motives.
The URISE Initiative is a social enterprise that look at goodwill people to support its work and carry out some income generating activities to facilitate its achievement. It is a program which is in direct response to the growing number of violence and killings of civilians in most of the African countries. We see young refugees people in kakuma as the potentials elements of the social change. They have power to construct a true social value. Unfortunately, their powers have been and/or are being manipulated by power hungry people who do not have good intention to young people’s daily lives. We envision to build a peaceful environment by creating a working community: a community where everyone strives on making peace the same way we make money. A place where young people will be energized to be useful for the society. We intend to create a platform where young people will be paired with mentors for a period of one year. During this period, a mentee and the mentor will have weekly planned activities to strengthen their relationship and help to improve young person’s confidence and optimism. We intend to introduce computer and technology skills, and teach to youth the topics below;
- Computer basic skills
- Web design
- Graphic design
- Computer programming
- Video and film editing
- Business and communication skills.
We are using tech skills to prevent future outbreaks of violence and to institute conflict resolution measures, we also plan to build a course to peace that would help to bridge gaps and to unify Kakuma refugees who were from different countries. The course would be offered free of charge and would serve as a way to appeal for calm and peaceful existence among all communities and peoples in Kakuma Camp.