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The Solidarity Eden Foundation Resource Center

For the last 3 years the organization has been serving refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, South-Sudan.

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

With the increase of the security instability and famine in the great lakes region, Uganda is one of the world’s largest refugee populations host countries. Only this year Uganda has hosted more than 40,000 refugee families from the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. The Solidarity Eden Foundation aims at setting up more opportunity parameters for these refugees in Uganda by opening a Youth Resource Center that will help give more room of training that uplifts their self-reliance in this host country. The Solidarity Eden Foundation has been serving refugees between 17 and 24 years old through Language Development, Vocational Training, Community Development Program and Creative Arts. Most of these refugees face a language barrier, unemployment and other additional challenges. This is where our programs intervene and help them integrate in the community. Due to the high demand, we aim at establishing a community center that will enable us to support more refugees. Through the establishment of this resource center, youth will have the opportunity to develop their English Skills, learn some vocational skills that will help them identify business opportunities around them and promote self-reliance, will have an opportunity to attend to developmental workshops that promote entrepreneurial skills and youth will have more time to develop their Music, Dance and Drama skills. We believe this resource center will transform a lot of lives.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Our beneficiaries are refugee youth between the 17 and 24 years old from the post and ongoing conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Burundi. These youth are approaching to their early adulthood. We therefore look for projects that can benefit them to become self-reliant.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

With the high refugee population in Uganda, there is a limited support for the refugees especially the youths in between 17 years to 25 years. Most of refugee organizations focus on children and women. This is what makes our project to be unique since our target group are left behind in the community. Our activities include both male and female participants. Also our activities are implemented by refugees who have faced the same challenges as the people they serve. Our program model is adaptable to both refugees and local Ugandans. It involves both.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Pilot: I have started to implement the idea as a whole with a first set of real users.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

The Solidarity Eden Foundation is a registered refugee youth Organization based in Kampala, founded in 2015. https://solidarityedenfoundation.org

Expertise in sector

  • 3-5 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

Due to the different active rebel army groups’ troubles in the region, my family and I were forced to flee to Uganda for asylum in 2008. At first my life in Uganda was not a good experience due to a lot of challenges faced. I later joined Soccer Without Borders as an English teacher. In 2015, I founded the Solidarity Eden Foundation. After being empowered through football I became an aspiring leader with excellent management. Over 8 years I have been serving in the community development field.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

Peace, due to the increase number of refugees in Uganda, there has been a discrimination in the host communities therefore this project targets to bring together local nationals and refugees. This will promote social inclusion and cultural exchange which will decrease the discrimination rates in the host communities. Prosperity, due to the language barriers that refugees face, there has been a limited access to basic needs. Our project aim at empowering these refugees with skills and create some projects for self-reliance.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

As the Program, the Solidarity Eden Foundation Uganda will strive to strengthen its activities and come up with innovative approaches to better serve the broken communities especially youth at our Youth Resource Center in the following parameters: Within this project, the Solidarity Eden Foundation will seek to explore its current staff members who will be very vital to the implementation of this project, also will the ones in charge of different commitments including the activities that we are hoping to put in place to benefit the broken communities. Partnerships: within the 3 years of operations, the Solidarity Eden Foundation has built strong partnerships with other local organizations in the community. The Solidarity Eden Foundation has as well collaborated and work in hand with refugee organizations including but not limited to the Finnish Refugee Council, the Interaid Uganda, One Youth One Heart a UNHCR umbrella , Youth Association for Refugee Integration and Development.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

We have about 236 refugees youths who attend our daily programming. These youths are ready to learn new skills and create small projects for self-reliance.

Geographic Focus

Kampala, Uganda/Nsambya Gogonya

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

36

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No

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Great idea, can't wait to see it implemented. Keep up the good job. Let's connect at Kakuma Ventures