Young African Refugees for Integral Development (YARID) is a registered NGO based in Kampala, founded in 2007 by young Congolese refugees living in Uganda.
YARID unites urban refugees through avenues like sports, English classes, and vocational skills training in order to address social issues like ethnic conflicts, unemployment, public health, and lack of access to education.
Refugees that YARID serves mainly come from the Great Lakes Region: Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi.
Our Mission. The mission of YARID is to empower refugees, orphans and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) around Africa to overcome the burdens of deprivation and vulnerability to become healthy, educated, self-sustaining and contributing members of society.
Our Story Sedrick Murhula Ntwali and Kefa Mushagalausa Mayange lived as refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo in the congested urban neighborhood of Nsambya in Kampala. After living the everyday struggle and observing the same of their peers, they decided to rise up and make change in their community.
In 2007, YARID was founded with the hope that young refugees living in Kampala can make great changes in their own communities and live a successful life despite the challenges of being refugees.
With nothing but a soccer ball, Sedrick and Kefa successfully managed to unite refugees from Congo, Rwanda and Burundi. After playing on the field they started discussing issues related to their lives, offering motivational speeches, and communicating hope to improve the lives of refugees in Kampala. Robert Hakiza later joined Sedrick and Kefa as a Co-founder in bringing the vision of YARID to life.
More volunteers, including local Ugandans and other refugees, joined YARID to contribute to the lives of refugees, IDP’s, and other marginalized groups in Uganda. Today, YARID is one of the best-known refugee-run organizations in Kampala serving more families each year at a grassroots level.