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Teach me how to fish-Uganda

Creating a baseline mindset change and skill development platform among the Refugees in Uganda.

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What problem does your idea solve?

“Teach me how to fish” challenges the dependence syndrome of the refugees on the host government and international humanitarian community, to self reliance through mindset training, skill development and formal educational (read, write and arithmetic) so as to be taught on how they can rely on themselves with out being given fish to eat which they have not worked for.

Explain your idea

Teach me how to fish is an ideal which has so far been put into reality among the refugee women, young orphan children between 10years to 18 years and young girls in refugee settlements of Uganda to teach them the basics and get them out of the comfort zones of dependency on the international refugee organizations. These have been disabled at an early stage of development where everything has been provided for and there for it’s a time for fishing by them not being provided fish to eat. "Teach me how to fish" is done in the following ways; 1.Selection of the pioneers. This is done through the community leaders to select vulnerable refugees. A total number of 100 applicants pass through local leaders and they are interviewed independently in their local languages about the zeal for mindset change . 2.A total number of 20 are chosen as initial proprietors from 100 who are all impartially members of this idea 3.The rest do not benefit directly because their levels of desire to change is manifested through them therefore they become "teach me how to fish" social workers to select the second phase of the beneficiaries. 4.With in the second phase, each social worker selects one person to join,a total number of 80 more members are interviewed and 40 are selected and the rest also became members. 5. A total number of 180 beneficiaries have gained from this ideal with 500 members in every refugee settlement in 3 years.

Who benefits?

Three refugee settlements in Uganda including, Rwamwanja, Kyangwari and Adjuman, targeting young orphan children between 10 to 18 years, young girls and widows as our direct beneficiaries and all other refugees benefit indirectly. The government and the international humanitarian organisations who spend a lot of resources in form of shelter , food and clothing with out mindset training for self reliance among the refugees will also benefit since refugees are taught how to fish for themselves

How is your idea unique?

"Teach me how to fish" focuses mostly on the mindset lessons to emancipate the refugees from mental slavery of dependency syndrome to work towards a self change and. Mindset training is the basic unit to skill development unlike other organizations which "only provide fish to eat" that is food, shelter, clothes but not teaching them how to fish/work to get them by themselves. In this case refugees have not only lost hope but confidence in them towards work hence mentally disabled. "Teach me how to fish" is directly focusing on the young children, youth and women through mindset coaching lessons followed by the skill and talent development and applicability then the fishing is for themselves to prove and inspire others. Those who excel are accorded with formal education to know how to Read, Write and Arithmetic for 5 years. A total number of 145 have been accorded with a target of 500 from each of the three refugee settlements.

Tell us more about you

teach me how to fish came up as an idea under the Sycamore green relief which is an organisation dealing in refugee relief, disabled nationals and the education of orphans and girl child in Uganda. teach me how to fish deals has so far registered 180 refugee members,and has a target of 500 members in each of three refugee settlements that is Rwamwanja, Kyangwari and Adjuman. Mindset training, skill and talent development and formal education are our focal point for self reliance in this idea.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?

The issue of conflicts and political instabilities in great lakes region has inevitably persisted and therefore this has generally increased the number of refugees in these countries. Uganda being the recipient country with a total number of 509,077 refugees by 2016, the policies behind the refugees support by Ugandan government to the international community is "Extra-version," many of Uganda’s historical advocates for refugee rights have been “progressive” not just because of their support for refugees but also as a means to access and allocate resources towards their refugee-hosting constituencies. Hence policies do not favor the independence of refugees to work towards their empowerment and self reliance.

Where will your idea be implemented?

  • Uganda

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

Expertise in Sector

  • I've worked in a sector related to my idea for more than a year.

Organizational Status

  • We are a registered non-profit, charity, NGO, or community-based organization.

Idea Maturity

  • Piloting: I have started to implement my solution as a whole with a first set of real users.


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