Unleashing abundance in unexpected places
At the refugee settlements where we work in Uganda, Alight hosts people from some of the most diversely populated camps in the world, with residents from DRC, Sudan, Somalia, South Sudan, Burundi, and several other countries.
These settlements are abundant. The confluence of cultures makes for an energizing and creative environment, bursting with ideas. We work closely with these communities and other organizations operating within the camp, coordinating our services to meet the needs of the diverse and vibrant population.
Violence prevention is crucial to helping families and individuals get back on their feet. Too often victims do not feel empowered to tell anyone about the abuse, and one of our goals is to encourage more women to report violent incidents. In this we’ve made great strides, utilizing community mobilization to unpack the power imbalances between men and women. We are constantly seeking out new opportunities and ways to support women and girls in not only feeling safe, but achieving their dreams.
Refugee settlements in Uganda are large communities, with a diverse set of needs. We work to meet those needs in whatever ways we can, including assisting community groups to build and design schools, providing supportive counseling services, resettlement orientation, and providing the everyday items required to run a household.
The World Refugee Day 5k
The power of running is universal - it inspires personal triumph and pushes us to new heights and hopes.
The World Refugee Day 5k brings the power of running - and racing - to Nakivale Settlement in UGanda. It's a run like no other. Gathering over 1,000 runners in Nakivale to race for hope, for fun, and for each other, it’s truly a joyous event. Refugees unite, bringing their all to the starting line. And they find unexpected strength, resiliency, and possibility along the way.
The World Refugee Day 5k is a moment of power and possibility for the people of Nakivale. It's a time when everyone can show up to the starting line, regardless of who you are and where you're from. Everyone is in it together.
– Randhir Singh, Uganda Country Director
Uganda: Recent Info
—Exciting news from team Kuja Kuja! We’re happy to announce that Kuja Kuja has won the Service Design Award from CORE77! “The platform is the first of its kind and entirely public,” the award notes, “a bold move for a humanitarian organization working in such challenging conditions.” (more…)
The World Refugee Day 5k is a race unlike any other.It gathers refugees, Ugandans, and friends from all over the world to come together and celebrate what’s possible. It shines a light on an often forgotten place, telling a story of hope and ideas, optimism and peace. And it's a moment of unity, with refugees from 13 different countries running together, all headed for the finish line. (more…)
—Anyone who has ever played a sport, has an all-time favorite sports team, or even knows someone who breaks out the body paint and funny hats every Sunday afternoon, realizes the power of sports to change lives. It’s true for ourselves, our friends and family. So why wouldn’t it be true for refugees around the world? (more…)
—You may not have heard of Bidi Bidi. A few short months ago it didn't exist. It has very quickly become the second largest refugee camp in the world. This summer it was a huge, empty, arid patch of land nearby the small Ugandan border town of Yumbe. But today it is home to some 270,000 refugees, most of whom have fled the violence and upheaval in South Sudan. Read More...