This is our independent Ugandan partner organization working in the Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Southwest Uganda focusing on informal education, community-based organization capacity building and advocacy and livelihoods.
Community-based program to prepare children to enroll in formal schools while working with parents to understand importance of education.
Based on an earlier effort to bring art and English training into the communities which evolved into a structured education experience with local instructors and support
After completing the Soma Soma program the children are ready to begin their formal education in the government schools in the settlement.
Community and parental involvement is critical to the success of keeping the children in school. Workshops are held for parents through out the program..
Once the children have completed the program, the instructors and staff bring them to the local primary schools where they are enrolled. Instructors follow-up to make sure the children are succeeding.
Central to success is the involvement of the entire community. Advisory committees assist with instructor and student selection, content review and class management. In some cases the community builds new structures for the classes.
ACBON – Association of Community Based Organizations of Nakivale was started by Now and Tomorrow Uganda with the hope of bringing capacity building activities to the refugee-founded, refugee-led organizations within the settlement. It is also meant to become a platform for advocacy for CBOs to be included in the service delivery plans of UNHCR and the iNGOs that are lead partners. Several workshops were held on topics such as project management, financial management and grant writing.
The organization is self-governing with a leadership team elected by members who are responsible for determining the vision, mission, structure and activities for the organization. We continue to believe that advocating on behalf of CBOs is an important role for Now and Tomorrow and we will continue to support ways to enhance the professional capacity of individual organizations and collaboration among CBOs.
Six local refugee-founded, refugee-led organizations took the lead in creating over 1200 handwashing stations for vulnerable families
In addition to handwashing, CBO teams provided Covid-awareness information and hygiene training for communities in the settlement
As part of the Soma Soma program, children were taught basic hygiene practices including handwashing and use of latrines
Five local CBOs distributed breeding ducks to vulnerable families so they could increase their increase their flock while using eggs for better nutrition and income
The project provided medicines and inoculations for the ducks in the project and brought veterinary services and breeding instructions to each household involved in the work.
Working with local CBOs, classes were conducted in basic business management including idea creation, business financing, marketing and hiring.
Instructors from the program provided ongoing mentorship for class participants that started small business. In some cases, small, "micro-loans" were provided to buy initial supplies and equipment.
A Congolese refugee living in Uganda for about 16 years. January has a two year diploma in social work and is now finalizing his degree studies in Social Work and Social administration at Makerere University. His experience as a refugee gives a unique perspective and approach in matters concerning relevancy and cultural sensitivity of the interventions of Now and Tomorrow. .
A Burundian refugee living in Uganda (Nakivale) for about 6 years. She is a social worker from Nsamizi Training Institute of Social Development. Her passion and experience in working with children enables her to guide the implementation of Soma Soma. She is fluent in multiple language skills including; French, English, Swahili, Burundian (Kirundi) and Rwandese (Kinyarwanda),
John has over 25 years’ experience various international roles working for Oxfam GB, a the British Council and LINGOs/Humentum. John is also Chair of PM4NGOs, the organization that owns the Project (PM)DPro and Program DPro certifications. He served as Vice-Chair of Anti-Slavery International and Chair of the Dalit Solidarity Network.
John has over 25 years’ experience various international roles working for Oxfam GB, a the British Council and LINGOs/Humentum. John is also Chair of PM4NGOs, the organization that owns the Project (PM)DPro and Program DPro certifications. He served as Vice-Chair of Anti-Slavery International and Chair of the Dalit Solidarity Network. He recently co-founded Pyramid Learning www.pyramidlearning.org to help appropriate, accessible and actionable learning get to those, who need it most. He is also a Senior Fellow of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation.
Patricia supervises all education programs for the Office of the Prime Minister at the Nakivale Refugee Settlement. She coordinates with the government schools as well as private schools, informal education programs and UNHCR.
In his capacity as Community Development Officer for the local district, Silver works with both host country and refugee non-profit organizations to get them registered with the government and assists to build their professional capacity.
Don is also the Middle East Regional Representative for War Child Holland. He is deeply experienced in international development work having been country director in Sudan, Burkina Faso, China and Senegal for Plan International. He also led the development of the Plan Academy
Rebecca is the area coordinator for Alight (formerly American Refugee Committee). She is responsible for all Alight programming in the Settlement and has been working in Nakivale for several years.
Firminus is Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Work and Social Administration, School of Social Sciences at Makerere University in Kampala.
Eric is the co-founder and principal donor of Now and Tomorrow. Prior to working in Nakivale, he co-founded LINGOs (Learning in NGOs), a consortium of over 85 international humanitarian relief, health and conservation organizations.
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