about planning for tomorrow youth organization
P4T brief background
Planning for Tomorrow Youth Organization abbreviated as P4T is a Community Based Organization that started in November 2007 in Kyangwali Refugee Settlement. P4T is a refugee initiative that was started by an eighteen (18) years old refugee boy (Bienvenue Byamungu) who had been living in refugee life since he was eight (8) years old. After living for ten (10) years in refugee life, Bienvenue together with other refugee youths in Kyangwali Refugee settlement came up with the idea of changing lives of their own people whose home has become a refugee settlement with almost no hope of ever going back to their home countries.
Hunger, poverty, illiteracy, sexual and gender based violence; HIV/AIDS, orphan hood, stress and frustration and dependence were the problems that people would rather get used to them than try to solve due to lack of resources and skills to resolve. From nowhere, P4T came up with a quick solution that included the community participation to solve common problems. Significant benefits have been realized since the beginning of these efforts and these include:
Participatory fighting of hunger and poverty Being an organization with no resources to bring tangible materials in the community, P4T engaged community members in life skills trainings using locally available materials like banana fibers, papyrus, and bendable sticks to make domestic items that can be easily sold in the local markets. When needs arose for industrial products like threads, P4T partnered with NGOs in the settlement like Finnish Refugee Council (FRC) in 2007 to supply the threads for trainings. 30 people were trained in Kyebitaka village in 2007. This form of Handcraft activities for self-reliance resumed to full swing in 2012 when members of the community with no means of livelihood in this gazetted refugee settlement camp were engaged in fundraising works like digging, weeding, and planting gardens for money to raise money for training materials. At the end of 2013, 215 vulnerable women were trained in Kyebitaka village under the P4T Mwangaza group in Ndegeya making life skills and 50 vulnerable women were trained in Table cloth knitting and designing in Kasonga Village under the P4T Join-Hands-Together Group. Training centers have since been created in so far six (6) villages that demanded for expansion of these projects in their area but the training has not been affected due to other unattended costs. Participatory fight on HIV/AIDS and SGBV
P4T involved the community in the fight against HIV/AIDS and SGBV through creation of awareness using visual mechanisms of drama acted by the common community members. The emotional content showing the negative effects of SGBV and HIV/AIDS together with the relief of preventing and solving these form of violence has gradually created an environment of people willing to fight HIV/AIDS and SGBV. These efforts have managed to gain recognitions in the settlement by awarding of a trophy (goat) to the P4T struggle group in 2009 from International Medical Cops (IMC). Drama is so far ranked by P4T as the best way of eliminating vices that endanger human wellbeing like HIV/AIDS and SGBV and plans are underway to do a wide participatory involvement in this activity. In January 2015, P4T organized a successful Youth Debate Competition in Kyangwali refugee settlement which was attended by over 300 audience and 20 debaters on the topic: “Religion provides the best approach to solving Sexual and Gender Based Violence in families and Communities” Participatory Voluntary and humanitarian assistance
Even with nothing to offer each other, P4T still managed to show refugees that they can work together to solve problems that are facing fellow members of the community. With poverty, HIV/AIDS, SGBV behind our backs; we go ahead to use our energy to help other vulnerable members of the refugees community. There are elderly people, orphans, child headed families, people living with HIV, contaminated water sources, bushy roads in our communities that we can together help in making them better. So far P4T has facilitated Voluntary construction of shelter for 20 PHAs and OVCs in Kyangwali Refugee Settlement; Cleaned five (5) unprotected water sources; Distributed 10 goats to extremely vulnerable people like the Child mothers, child headed families, single mothers and widows; Distributed scholastic materials to 30 OVCs and Cultivated beans and maize in size of land 40*60 meters to 10 child headed families and widows in Kyangwali Refugee Settlement. Community Based School Feeding Programme
Many children are performing poor in Primary Leaving Examination and Uganda Certificate Education due to hunger hence high number of school dropout according to the Deputy headmaster, Kyangwali secondary school. In Kyangwali Refugee settlement, some families have one meal in a day or even no meal at all. This exacerbates the situation and calls for an urgent action like the Community based school feeding program which can at least give students and pupils with courage to go to school and concentrate in class. In March 2014, P4T started mobilizing schools, students, pupils and community for this programme. In this programme, parents cultivate crops in the school gardens, teachers manage the implementation of the school feeding as pupils and students fetch water and firewood. By September 2014, 3 schools had finished their first harvest while one primary school had started feeding primary six and primary seven pupils. We reach the following schools, kinakyeitaka primary school, Runyawawa primary school, Malembo primary school and kyangwali Secondary School.
Empowering communities to be healthy and self-reliant through provision of knowledge and skills
A healthy and self-reliant community that is empowered with knowledge and skills.
- To enable sustainable community development initiatives through knowledge and innovation
- To build income generating capacity through skills training
- To improve individuals' psychological and physical wellbeing
- To positively contribute to a safe and peaceful community through sensitization
- To educate the community on the importance of a clean and protected environment.
how we work in communities
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