At her 20 years anniversary celebrations in Fort Portal in March 2017, KRC unveiled a new roadmap to becoming a national organization, having operations across the country. Four years down the road, this grand plan is being realized.
In the first half of the year, KRC has successfully expended operations in Northern Uganda and West Nile, on a peace mission in Palebek, Bidibidi and Rhino camps in Lamwo, Yumbe and Madi Okol Districts.
KRC will partnering with the European Union on a 3-year project entitled; ADVANCING PEACEFUL CO-EXISTENCE & RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AMONG REFUGEES AND HOST COMMUNITIES IN NORTHERN UGANDA. The intervention will be implemented in consortia with WORUDET (Women and Rural Development Network) and CESCRA (Centre for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Africa) with KRC as lead partner.
The project launch ceremony took place in July 2021 at Bidibidi, Africa’s largest Refugee settlement with partners drawn from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), UNHCR, co-implementing partners and, representatives of refugees and host communities. At the launch, KRC was officially welcomed to Northern Uganda. KRC will be working in 12 villages in Zone 5 Yangani in Ariwa Sub County and 4 villages in Zone 4 Abirimajo main Kululu Sub County. At the launch, KRC was:
- Granted permission by OPM to implement interventions in the aforementioned allocated zones
- Assigned 2 staff from OPM to support entry meetings (introduce KRC) to leaders of allocated zones including those from host communities
- Accorded membership to the National Social Protection Task Force Working Group
- Added to UNHCR social Protection partners emailing list
- Adopted a member of the organizing committee for the commemoration of the international youth day by UNHCR/OPM to be celebrated on 12th August 2021. KRC was assigned a role of engaging youth from Yangani zone to take stock of their issues and come up with an issues paper that shall be presented at the commemoration.
- Granted permission by OPM to establish own community-based structures to help in ensuring visibility, physical presence and proper tracking and ownership of results.
This entry point into Northern Uganda will be KRC’s launch-pad into more expanded programing for the region.
Tags: Peace building, European Union, Norther Uganda, Bidibidi Refugee settlement