Our programmes aim at empowering refugees to live a fulfilling life and contribute to socio-economic development in the country. We focus on four thematic areas: education; women empowerment; sports for development; and computer literacy and social media.
Speaking English is necessary for refugees living in Uganda, to successfully integrate into society. YARID offers English classes from non-literate to advanced levels.
Currently we have three English centres: One in Katwe, in Makindye Division, One in Nabulagala, in Lubaga Division and one in Kyebando, in Kawempe Division
Under the Education Programme there is “Bridge to Formal Schooling” project (BFS) supports primary school children to integrate into formal education. In 2015 the BFS project was an IDEO/Amplify Refugee Education Challenge Winner and was funded to be implemented at Katwe Primary School, In Kampala. Currently, in partnership and support from Street Child UK, the project hasd been expanded to Kyaka II refugee settlement where we have so far supported nearly 1,000 refugee children since January 2020.
Women's Empowerment Program (Wep)
Refugee women are among the most vulnerable in society. They are often victims of rape, torture, grief, and cultural gender constraints. YARID seeks to support women to become self-reliant and facilitate the process of empowerment through education, vocational trainings, sports, sexual gender based violence (SGBV) awareness, HIV/AIDS awareness, and hosting women-specific discussion groups.