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OneYouth OneHeart

Bridging the gap for refugee youth and host community youth to peacefully co-exist and co-create solutions to community disasters/challenges

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

Approximately 75% of Uganda's population is youth and the highest urban refugee population in Uganda resides in slums.
However there is a gap between Refugees and host community youth that needs to be bridged in order to peacefully co-exist.There is need for them to come together as one to solve community problems like; luck of clean water supply and proper sanitation habits ,since they are all affected by these challenges.
We will bridge the gap by creating a space or a platform open for community members from diverse background and cultures to come together, share ideas,brainstorm on the different challenges affecting them and co-create solutions to these challenges.
We will offer support by; co-creating solutions with community youth,Provide necessary information to build on ideas,creating partnerships for them to implement there solutions.
We will utilize community based organisations to serve as meeting space.
By co-creating solutions the community will own the solutions and the implementation will be more effective.

WHO BENEFITS?

Community members; Refugee youth and host community youth.
They will co-create solutions and effectively implement the solutions.
We will be able to create partnerships which can help them implement these solutions.

HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF URBAN SLUMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE?

The government is advocating for "youth civic engagement" which was the country's international youth day theme.The government wants youth to be responsible for there communities.It is also providing grants to youth groups that have viable community projects.
Our idea will enable youth to have creative confidence and co-create viable solutions/ projects to community challenges.
We will utilize community organisations as meeting space and will learn to create frugal solutions-Leveraging resources around them.

IN-COUNTRY EXPERIENCE

  • Yes, for one year or less

EXPERTISE

  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for less than one year

GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS

  • Yes

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

OneYouth OneHeart is an initiative that aims at bridging the gap between refugee youth and host community youth.We focus on co-creating platform with youth to dream, inspire and change their lives and communities.
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Thanks for the contribution Liz! It's great to hear that OneYouth OneHeart has been bringing refugee youths together to co-create solutions around the scarcity of clean water supply and proper sanitation habits. What were some of the ideas that came out of the brainstorms and next steps that might be taken to test these ideas in the local community?

Photo of Liz Mukasa
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Thanks Shane,
We came up with a community cleaning activity as our international day celebration where the OneYouthOneHeart refugee youth and Nationals participated in a community cleaning of a city slum,portraying that if the two parties came together and worked together they would be able to collectively solve community challenges- Strengthening youth civic engagement.
We also came up with an idea of using art to recycle rubbish which we are yet to further brainstorm and realize its implementation.
Youth from a certain community came up with a water filtration model to fit there community and is more sustainable ,we are having brainstorming community meetings and we are currently working together to co-create this filter,the youth have shared ideas and presented possible partnerships to implement.

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Through a local CBO, all English for Adults students ( places where refugees learn the basic of English for communication and social integration) are being taught about better practices of washing hands and encouraged to use them so that in case of any disease people should avoid contaminate them selves.

Photo of Lukendo Mbokani Jerry
Team

Ceramic Bio-sand Water filter is one of the ideas that came while brainstorming, a natural simple way of purifying water. One of the cheapest methods that filters and cools down water due to its container's built material. The simple technology will help desperate and vulnerable people, middle and higher class people to get access to safe and clean water to drink. This technology shall reduce the number of waterborne diseases children in slum areas and in the country at large.

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