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ABOUT P4TUGANDA

Planning for Tomorrow Youth Organization (P4TUganda) is a humanitarian voluntary organization (CBO) started by refugees in the Kyangwali Refugee Settlement, Uganda, Africa. P4T started in 2007 and gained legal status in 2013 with registration number CD / WG / 0199/13.

With over 1.4 million refugees, Uganda is the third largest refugee host country in the world and the largest refugee host country in Africa. 61% are children. Many schools are overcrowded. The average class has 200 children and in other classes there are over 300 children who squeeze into the classroom. Lack of jobs, financial opportunities and dependence on food aid and a contribution of NOK 67 (USD $ 8) monthly for food from the World Food Program force children out of school since families cannot afford school fees.

In Kyangwali, there are over 120,000 refugees and 80% are children and women in Kyangwali from DR Congo, South Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya and Somalia fleeing war, violence, hunger and problems as a result of conflicts in their home country very many years.

When it came to bringing solutions to refugees and the most vulnerable in the host community, the three most important areas in Kyangwali were; education, unemployment and health. We address these issues in four thematic areas; delivery of quality education, health, livelihood and community service.

We believe that by using the people who are part of society who suffer from these conditions, the best solutions can be achieved. We therefore use the Human Center Design (HCD) approach, a Bottom-Up strategy.

Read more about our team in Uganda HERE

Our Vision:

A healthy and self-reliant community that is empowered with knowledge and skills.

Our Mission:

Empowering communities to be healthy and self-reliant through provision of knowledge and skills

To reach this mission, P4T focuses on two strategic goals:

  1. Promoting self-reliance through knowledge and skills, and

  2. Advocating for a healthy community.

P4T programming is guided by the following five strategic objectives:

  1. To enable sustainable community development initiatives through knowledge and innovation

  2. To build income generating capacity through skills training.

  3. To improve individuals' psychological and physical wellbeing.

  4. To positively contribute to a safe and peaceful community through sensitization.

  5. To educate the community on the importance of a clean and protected environment

 

Our core values

We are guided by and strive to uphold the following core values in all the activities we undertake:

Integrity, Commitment , Empowerment ,Equality, Humanity.

Integrity: 

We are transparent and honest in all we do, keeping our promise to all stakeholders.

Commitment. 

Stand beside and advocate for those who have been denied choice and opportunity.

We recognize and use the power of diversity to achieve more together. 

Empowerment:

Empower poor and marginalised people to take charge of their own development.

Share skills and knowledge to create long lasting, sustainable change.

Equality:

Promote diversity and equality throughout our work.

Humanity:

We value respect, acceptance, consideration, appreciation, listening, openness, affection, empathy and love towards other human beings.

Our P4T Motto

Creating the Tomorrow we all Desire

Our P4T Slogan

We Build Tomorrow Together

WHAT WE DO:

1. EDUCATION: Providing quality education to build a sustainable young generation with knowledge and skills.

Education is a basic human right that should be afforded to all .Education may not be denied to any child, including in the circumstances that make him or her a refugee.

a. Early Childhood Development (ECD)/Nursery school. 

ECD is an investment for life. 90 percent of brain development takes place before a child’s fifth birthday, and children who participate in ECD get a head start in their emotional and cognitive development, and are more likely to do well in school and become productive adults but ECD is not accessible by more than two-third of children in Uganda and especially those in refugee settlements and rural areas.

We aim to ensure that underprivileged girls and boys aged 2-6 years have access to holistic and inclusive ECD. We prepare children to transition effectively into primary school.

Early childhood  education is a very   important foundation for mental, social, and spiritual development of a child in the early ages of their life, lack of which can lead to late start in joining school, retardation in learning and antisocial behaviours.

P4T provide quality Early Childhood Development (ECD) since 2015 for refugees and Ugandan infants of age groups from 2 years to 6 years old where they received hot meals during breakfast and lunch time, building of ECD classrooms, provide scholastic and teaching materials, paying caregiver salaries, providing playing areas materials, ECD tool boxes provision, conducting specialized refresher training, and facilitating professional ECD staff and provide access to psychosocial services and trauma healing to estranged parents and guardians. 

b. Primary Education

P4T is providing quality primary education for refugees and Ugandan infants of age groups from 6 years to 17 years old.  P4T Primary started in 2016 with lower primary classes with only 30 children but today, we educate over 400 children. On 21st February 2018, P4T Primary School was licensed with the Ministry of Education and Sport with license number ME/P/9478.  We believe in the power of education to prepare refugees for a brighter future. “Refugee children, future leaders”, said Bienvenu Byamungu, P4T Co- founder.

We prepare children to transition effectively into secondary school and registered and facilitate learners to do National Examinations (UNEB) and over 20 student transition to secondary every year. Refreshing training for teachers, Pay teachers’ salaries, provide scholastic and teaching materials, provision of sanitation and hygiene facilities including school and latrine constructions.

c. Community based school feeding program : School Feeding to increase enrolment and retention of refugee children in school.

Malnutrition is real in our community, yet a hungry child cannot concentrate in class. Our idea is to increase enrolment and retention of refugee children in schools in Kyangwali refugee settlement by engaging children, teachers, parents. The project benefits both refugee and host community children who have struggled in class because of lack of midday school meals both in ECD/Nursery and primary school children aged 2 years to 17 years. P4T support school to provides hot meals to the children during break and lunch times. The purpose of this program is to fight hunger in school to reduce absenteeism, school dropout, ulcers, and malnutrition, while improving enrolment and concentration in class and excellence in academic performance. P4T provided hot meals for the last 6 years (320,000+ meal days) to both our children and school staff.

Scholarship Program

There is only 1 secondary school in Kyangwali and over 80% of Refugee children are not able to afford to pay for their primary, secondary and college school. When they do not join secondary school, their dreams are shattered. The girls get married off at tender age or are introduced into prostitution by peers while the boys engage in child labour and most of them get lost in drug and alcohol abuse at puberty. 40 percent of girls in Uganda are married before the age of 18. Around 10 percent of these girls are married before the age of 15. Around 35 percent of girls drop out due to marriage and 23 percent drop out due to pregnancy. In contrast, allowing girls to continue through secondary education significantly reduces the chances of early marriage and childbearing.

Education empowers by giving refugees the knowledge and skills to live productive, fulfilling and independent lives. Change a child’s life through sponsoring.

2. LIVELIHOOD: Creating a self-reliant community.

P4T has the vision of creating a self-reliant community. This is done through the intervention of building livelihood opportunities for the local communities. When parents live in poverty, their children suffer. Without a source of income, they are unable to provide vital pay school fees, medicine, food, and Clothing. We help refugees and host community escape the cycle of poverty, through a range of vocational training, entrepreneurial skills and equipping them with the skills they need to earn a sustainable income. We support and encourages community savings and loans groups to invest for the future and set up small businesses.

3. HEALTH

a. Health Education

Forewarned is forearmed! Clearing misconceptions and providing informative knowledge to majorly illiterate population is so empowering and protective.

Lack of information about health crises is a crisis in itself. Ailing from violating war situations and living in states of emergencies; HIV/AIDS, GBV, Cholera, Ebola and now COVID 19 have remained misunderstood and mishandled in the multi-cultural refugee population. P4T provide health education both refugees and host communities mostly in area of Cholera, Ebola, HIV/AID, COVID-19. So far, over 1000 have received our educative information.

b.Medical Camp

P4T hosted a medical camp in January 2021. The camp brought in 11 International Medical Volunteers, provided direct health services to 3000+ patients and trained 120+ health workers in two health centers (Maratatu and Kyangwali Health Center III) in Kyangwali Refugee settlement . This is on top of medical supplies worth USD 23,000 and medical equipment worth USD 18,000 equipment like ultrasound machines.

c. HIV/AIDS

In Uganda, close to 1.6 million people live with HIV out of whom 96,000 are children below 14 years. Orphans due to Aids are estimated to be 660,000 yet the country loses 28,000 people to Aids annually according to the study by UNAIDS.

Kyangwali refugee settlement is a multi-cultural area that needs multi-cultural approach to solve common problems such as HIV/AIDS and SGBV. P4T focuses on the first 90 of ensuring that 90% of people are tested and know their status. In creating awareness and sensitizing people about Community Health, HIV/AIDS . We carry out these training, awareness campaigns and activities such as sport, music dance and drama to fight ignorance, misconception, stigmatization, recklessness, negative attitudes and loss of hope.

CONTACT P4TUGANDA

Planning for Tomorrow Youth Organization (P4TUganda)

Kyangwali Refugee Settlement Field Office, Uganda.

P.O. BOX 294, HOIMA UGANDA

MOB: +256 775 006144 |MOB: +256703655805/MOB: +256 775 749226 | OFFICE:   +256 392 001374          

Email: planningfortomorrow@yahoo.com | Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/p4tpage 

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