The best news is that Aniye is now officially registered both in Uganda (Aniye Movement, NGO permit No.; MIA/NB/2019/02/2433) and in the UK (Company Number 12274043). This is a great step forwards to make the organization efficient and sustainable.
Ndejje’s hair saloon was opened in November and profits will go towards caring for a group of orphan refugee children which were adopted by several families in the community. This project is led by Dr. Hortencia Salama, helping Congolese refugee women to generate their own income. Our collaboration with the Refugee Association for Development is continuing and we will keep monitoring the progress of this project and help whenever needed. Our other friends at Kandaakiat Organization for women empowerment received a six years’ small funding grant to run an education program for women and girls in Kriadongo Refugee Camp and in Kampala. And lastly, Angels Refugee Support Group has been granted funding for general operation costs and security training for their LGBTQ refugees. In November and December, we ran two more fund raising training courses to small NGOs and promised to support the development of new grassroots organizations. More information of our new collaborations is coming soon.
Children in Uganda had started their holidays vacation and we started traveling around Kampala offering children days of playing activities to make their vacations more fun. The first activity was with the excellent Little Light Children’s Center Uganda – a self help community center, at the Namuwongo slums in Kampala. https://web.facebook.com/littlelightuganda/
We keep teaching different art and vocational skills in different refugee groups around Kampala. We are extremely satisfied to see that many of our groups are already managing to sell their products and are eager to learn new skills.
We are happy to announce that Aniye is now successfully registered as not-for-profit company in the United Kingdom. Maisie Paddon who will be managing the UK office was in charge of the process. She is now working on opening our bank account and setting everything up so we can fundraise to support our local grassroots projects allies. Noga Shanee is still in charge of our projects in Uganda.
Check out what we achieved in our first year of operation April 2018 – April 2019.
Download our first report here.
“Our main goal is to better understand the real reasons behind civil bloodshed in refugees’ countries of origin, and to make this information accessible to them; promoting peace by explaining that the real enemy is not their neighbor, but rather the economic systems that use and abuse them.”
An article by Dr. Noga Shanee, in Glocal Magazin, looking at the connections between the social and environmental roots of the current African refugee crisis.
Click here to download the full version (pages 6-8).
We continue our program of teaching women refugees about common disease prevention. Today, Dr. Hortensia Toledo gave a talk about malaria to a group of thirty Congolese women in Ndejje, kampala.
This week we completed our third Grant Proposal Writing workshop for small Human rights and environmental NGOs in Uganda. We believe that the solution to Africa’s problem is not aid or charity and will not come from outside! There are thousands of local activists who offer effective, realistic solutions, based on their intimate understanding of the local problems. But these initiatives are often blocked by a discriminative funding system which is evidently biased towards top-down, western led, costly projects.
We are committed to help small grassroots organizations to achieve their goals and bring real change to African people and nature.
Thank you very much to all collaborators and participants and we hope this workshop will help you achieve your important goals.
The Azande community of South Sudan was the first refugee community to welcome us when we arrived in Uganda exactly a year ago. They were kind and encouraging and where very active in conserving their rich culture, as well as learning new skills to achieve a better life in their current state as refugees in Uganda.
Although we have not visited this community for a few months, they kept progressing, and last week they invited us to see their work. We were extremely happy to see how far they advanced and are happy to get back to working with them and developing many new projects together.
Thank you very much to Monique Petiot who was with us for the last four months teaching English to the group of Congolese children in Ndejje. These children have no parents and the church group who cares for them can not afford to send them to School. Monique gave was putting a lot of effort in making their learning experience as exiting as possible and the children love her.
The best news is that Monique has promised to come back in a few months for a longer period to teach the same group. Also, for the time of her absence, Carol Nava, a local teacher, will keep teaching the children.
So we wish Monique good time back in Europe and we hope to see her back here soon.
Kandaakiat for women Empowerment is a wonderful women, refugees led organization we have been collaborating with since we started our work here in Uganda. They have many productive projects including liquid soap making, beaded bags and sawing. This week we taught some of the women and girls some jewelry beading techniques.