Community State/Province Country

Kashojwa, Kabigo, Uganda

Community Photo
Full Name of Contact
Password (Remember it for later!)
Contact Email
Title of Project
Support Refugees Education
One to Two Sentence Program Vision
Program Vision:

“Empowering Resilience: Supporting Refugee Children’s Hope and Future”

To provide a safe, nurturing, and inclusive environment where refugee children can heal, learn, and thrive, empowering them to overcome adversity and reach their full potential.


1. Provide psychological support and counseling to address trauma and emotional distress.
2. Offer educational programs and activities that foster learning, creativity, and skills development.
3. Promote social integration and community building through cultural events and peer connections.
4. Support physical health and well-being through access to medical care, nutrition, and recreational activities.
5. Empower children to become advocates for their rights and interests.


– Compassion
– Inclusivity
– Empowerment
– Resilience
– Hope


1. Provide a safe space for 500 refugee children to access support services.
2. Implement trauma-informed care and counseling for 80% of participants.
3. Achieve a 90% school enrollment rate among program participants.
4. Foster partnerships with 10 community organizations to expand resources and support.
5. Advocate for policy changes to benefit refugee children’s rights and interests.

By realizing this vision, we aim to transform the lives of refugee children, helping them heal, grow, and flourish, and become active contributors to their communities.

Descriptions of Challenges
Project Challenges:

“Empowering Resilience: Supporting Refugee Children’s Hope and Future”

The project faces the following challenges:

1. *Trauma and Emotional Distress*: Refugee children have experienced severe trauma, posing challenges in providing effective counseling and support.

2. *Language Barriers*: Communication difficulties arise due to diverse linguistic backgrounds, requiring innovative solutions for effective engagement.

3. *Cultural Sensitivity*: Navigating diverse cultural norms and values to ensure sensitive and appropriate support.

4. *Limited Resources*: Insufficient funding, infrastructure, and personnel hinder the project’s scope and reach.

5. *Stigma and Trust*: Building trust among refugee communities, overcoming stigma associated with mental health support.

6. *Political and Social Instability*: Operating in fragile contexts, adapting to changing political and social landscapes.

7. *Capacity Building*: Developing local capacity to sustain support services beyond the project’s duration.

8. *Partnership Coordination*: Collaborating with diverse stakeholders, organizations, and governments to achieve common goals.

9. *Data Collection and Evaluation*: Assessing project impact and progress amidst complex circumstances.

10. *Burnout and Self-Care*: Managing the emotional toll on staff and volunteers, prioritizing self-care and well-being.

Addressing these challenges requires innovative solutions, collaboration, and a deep understanding of the complex issues faced by refugee children.

Longer Project Description
Project Description:

“Empowering Resilience: Supporting Refugee Children’s Hope and Future”

The project “Empowering Resilience” aims to provide comprehensive support to refugee children, addressing their physical, emotional, and educational needs. The project will operate in refugee camps and urban settings, providing a safe and nurturing environment for children to heal, learn, and thrive.


– Provide psychological support and counseling to address trauma and emotional distress
– Offer educational programs and activities that foster learning, creativity, and skills development
– Promote social integration and community building through cultural events and peer connections
– Support physical health and well-being through access to medical care, nutrition, and recreational activities
– Empower children to become advocates for their rights and interests


– Establish child-friendly spaces for support services and activities(center)
– Deploy trained counselors and educators to provide individual and group support
– Develop and implement age-appropriate educational programs
– Organize cultural events and community activities to promote social cohesion
– Collaborate with medical providers for health services and referrals
– Establish a youth leadership program to empower older children

Expected Outcomes:

– Improved mental health and well-being for 80% of participants
– Increased school enrollment and academic achievement for 90% of participants
– Enhanced social connections and community engagement for 85% of participants
– Improved physical health and access to medical care for 95% of participants
– Empowerment of 100 youth leaders to advocate for their rights and interests

Target Population:
Refugee children aged 5-18, with a focus on the most vulnerable and at-risk populations.

Project Duration:
Ongoing to infinity

Refugee camps and urban settings in [Uganda/Nakivale refugees settlement]

Local NGOs, UN agencies, community organizations, and government ministries.

[$20000] to support program activities, staff, and operations.

By addressing the complex needs of refugee children, this project will have a lasting impact on their lives, fostering resilience, hope, and a brighter future.

First Project Steps
First Step Project:

“Establishing Child-Friendly Spaces”

Create safe and welcoming environments for refugee children to access support services and activities.


1.1. Conduct Needs Assessment:
* Identify suitable locations for child-friendly spaces.
* Determine the number of children to be served.
* Assess the availability of resources and infrastructure.

1.2. Secure Facilities:
* Rent or lease suitable buildings or tents.
* Ensure accessibility and safety features.

1.3. Design and Furnish Spaces:
* Create age-appropriate areas for recreation, learning, and counseling.
* Provide necessary equipment, toys, and materials.

1.4. Recruit and Train Staff:
* Hire qualified counselors, educators, and support staff.
* Provide training on trauma-informed care, child development, and cultural sensitivity.

1.5. Establish Operations:
* Develop schedules and routines for activities and services.
* Set up management and monitoring systems.

Month 1-2: Needs assessment and facility securing.
Month 3-4: Design and furnishing of spaces.
Month 5-6: Staff recruitment and training.
Month 7: Launch of child-friendly spaces.

$[8 000] for facility rental, equipment, staff salaries, and training.

This first step project sets the foundation for the “Empowering Resilience” project, providing a safe and supportive environment for refugee children to heal, learn, and thrive.

Who the Project Impacts
The “Empowering Resilience” project impacts:

1. *Refugee Children* (5-18 years old): Direct beneficiaries, receiving support services and activities to address their physical, emotional, and educational needs.

2. *Families and Caregivers*: Indirect beneficiaries, benefiting from the positive impact on their children’s well-being and development.

3. *Community Members*: Benefiting from the project’s community-building activities, promoting social cohesion and inclusivity.

4. *Local Organizations and Stakeholders*: Partnering with the project, enhancing their capacity and resources to support refugee children.

5. *Government Agencies and Policymakers*: Influenced by the project’s advocacy efforts, informing policies and programs supporting refugee children’s rights and needs.

6. *International Community*: Benefiting from the project’s knowledge sharing and best practices, enhancing global efforts to support refugee children.

By impacting these groups, the project contributes to a broader ecosystem of support, fostering a resilient and protective environment for refugee children to thrive.

Follow-up Phase II Steps
Phase II: Implementation and Expansion (Months 7-18)

Step 2.1: Program Expansion

– Scale up counseling and educational programs to reach more children
– Establish additional child-friendly spaces in new locations

Step 2.2: Staff Capacity Building

– Provide advanced training for staff on trauma-informed care and child development
– Hire additional staff to support program expansion

Step 2.3: Community Engagement and Outreach

– Strengthen partnerships with local organizations and community groups
– Conduct outreach activities to raise awareness about the project’s services

Step 2.4: Advocacy and Policy Influence

– Collaborate with local authorities to advocate for refugee children’s rights
– Inform policy decisions affecting refugee children’s access to education and protection services

Step 2.5: Monitoring and Evaluation

– Establish a robust monitoring and evaluation system to track project progress
– Conduct regular assessments to ensure program quality and impact

Step 2.6: Sustainability and Resource Mobilization

– Develop a sustainability plan to ensure long-term project viability
– Mobilize resources through grants, donations, and partnerships to support project expansion

By following these steps in Phase II, the project will expand its reach, strengthen its impact, and ensure long-term sustainability, ultimately improving the lives of refugee children and their communities.

How We Measure Success
Measuring success in the “Empowering Resilience” project can be done through various indicators and metrics, including:

1. _Number of children served_: The total number of refugee children benefiting from the project’s services.
2. _Improvement in mental health and well-being_: Assessed through psychological evaluations and surveys.
3. _Academic achievement_: Monitored through school enrollment, attendance, and academic performance.
4. _Social integration and community engagement_: Evaluated through participation in community activities and events.
5. _Parental and caregiver engagement_: Measured through attendance at workshops and support groups.
6. _Staff capacity and training_: Assessed through training evaluations and staff feedback.
7. _Partnership and collaboration_: Evaluated through the number of partnerships established and sustained.
8. _Advocacy and policy influence_: Monitored through policy changes and advocacy efforts.
9. _Program satisfaction and feedback_: Collected through surveys and focus groups from children, parents, and staff.
10. _Long-term impact and sustainability_: Assessed through follow-up studies and evaluation of the project’s long-term effects.

By tracking these indicators, the project can demonstrate its success in empowering refugee children and their communities, while also identifying areas for improvement and growth.

Detailed PDF of Project
Community Photo 2
Community Photo 3
Description of Photos
*Photo:* A young refugee girl, aged 10, sits at a desk in a makeshift classroom, surrounded by fellow students. She wears a bright smile and a determined look, her eyes shining with hope. In her hands, she grasps a pencil and a notebook, eager to learn. The classroom walls are adorned with colorful drawings and educational posters, a testament to the dedication of her teachers.

*Caption:* “Empowering Refugee Children through Education”

*Description:* This photo captures the resilience and determination of refugee children, who despite facing unimaginable challenges, remain committed to their education. The image highlights the importance of supporting their academic journey, providing them with the tools and resources necessary to build a brighter future.

*Hashtags:* #RefugeeChildren #EducationMatters #EmpoweringYouth #HopeInAction #SupportTheirFuture

Final Comment
“The ‘Empowering Resilience’ project has been a remarkable journey, demonstrating the transformative power of education and support in the lives of refugee children. Despite the odds, these young individuals have shown incredible strength and determination, inspiring us all with their resilience. As we conclude this project, we honor their courage and dedication, acknowledging the profound impact that access to education and resources has had on their lives. May their stories serve as a testament to the boundless potential that exists within every child, and may we continue to support and empower them to build a brighter future for themselves and their communities.”

NOTE: The individual that filled out this application has testified that he/she will NOT use copyrighted information or photos for which they do not have permission. If information or photos used here are copyrighted, please contact us and we will immediately delete the copyrighted material. ® International Cities of Peace is a registered trademark of Cities of Peace, Inc. Trademarks include Inspire Peace™ and City-to-City Collaboration Program™. Safety, Prosperity, and Quality of Life: the Consensus Values of Peace (cc) by J. Frederick Arment is licensed under Creative Commons BY 4.0. To view a copy of this license, visit