Every year, Yarid partners with outside organizations to host special topic workshops relevant to refugee issues. Yarid strives to host guest experts and student groups to continue learning as an organization and more deeply engage in the complex issues at hand.
Conflict Transformation. The refugee experience is often created by conflict. Political, religious, ethnic, land-control, among others, even interpersonal conflicts all contribute to the complex factors that creates a refugee. YARID members hail from many different backgrounds, diverse ethnicity and nationalities, yet all find themselves in Uganda together.
Conflict is addressed among the groups and reconciliation techniques are taught. Students from around the world seek to understand refugees' lives.
Students from the School for International Training (SIT) wanted to understand why refugees left their home countries, why they chose Uganda, and how they manage to solve their conflicts.
Local YARID staff and guest speakers presented was followed by focus group discussions where students and refugees could dialogue on these topics directly.
Gender and Development. Refugee women face many challenges including social constraints, economic disparities, and lack of access to education. This makes women vulnerable to exploitation and unsafe. YARID seeks to empower refugee women by educating on gender inequities, women's rights, and reproductive and maternal health, and sexual gender based violence.
YARID staff and participants partnered with SIT students to discuss gender issues among refugees in Kampala. Issues included: sexual gender based violence, refugee women's common struggles, and women's empowerment. Robert (YARID) and Pecos (PPDR Uganda) presented, then group discussions on various topics, testimonies from participants, and included visits to refugees' homes by SIT students.
HIV/AIDS Awareness. The HIV/AIDS workshops provide information refugees need to live a more informed and healthier life. HIV/AIDS is a major issue of concern for refugees. While knowing about HIV/AIDS is important to all people, refugees are often vulnerable to HIV. Many refugees have been victims of rape and went through different kinds of sexual violence both in their countries of origin and in Uganda where they are vulnerable to sexual exploitation due to economical constraints.
Refugees in Uganda are often victims of educational, political, and social exclusion. There is no system in place to address most of their problems. The national program on HIV/AIDS is often in languages which are not known by refugees and does not suit refugee realities. Many refugees are still ignorant about the disease and vulnerable victims. Their are many cases of refugees who have tested HIV/AIDS positive and die regularly.
In most cases they are not informed about any kind of medical treatment available for people infected by HIV/AIDS. YARID seeks to fill the gap in urban refugees’ access to HIV/AIDS knowledge with the HIV/AIDS Club, which brings them important information about HIV/AIDS prevention, knowledge, and treatment.
Human Rights. Since 2009, YArid has involved in the promotion and protection of refugee rights in Uganda addressing issues regarding Torture, Sexual and Gender Based Violence against refugee women, trafficking and exploitation of refugees in Uganda. YARID advocates for refugees, both men and women in Uganda through international human rights standards.
Our efforts focus on targeting the public, as well as policy makers, in order to forge partnerships at different levels of society. To achieve this aim, the organization reaches out to refugees in settlements in Uganda. Our strategy includes mobilizing, empowering, and linking refugees and rural communities together through capacity building, awareness raising, and advocacy for community development.
The goals of this program are to empower refugees through training, advocacy, education and entrepreneurship programs to enable them to play an active role in all the spheres of the community.