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Learn about our background and how P4T was founded

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Planning for Tomorrow (P4T) is a humanitarian voluntary organization started by Bienvenu Byamungu together with other refugees in Uganda in 2007, and gained public status in 2013 with registration number CD / WG / 0199/13 with a vision to build a healthy and self-reliant community that is empowered with knowledge and skills. The founders came as refugees to Kyangwali from the Congo (DRC), South Sudan, Rwanda, Kenya and Burundi, along with thousands of others fleeing war, violence, famine and other problems that have resulted in conflicts in their homeland since 1996.

In 2021, P4T was fully registered in Norway with Registration number 926 924 826 with the main purpose to fundraise and raise resources needed to support P4T's projects in Uganda and also to promote multicultural diversity in Norway by promoting Integration and intercultural dialogue and work with a diverse and inclusive society.

In 2007, after 10 years as a refugee, we lost hope of ever returning to our homelands. The loss of this hope nevertheless ended up in something good when it led to us forming Planning for Tomorrow. After being unproductive and dependent on others, living in poverty with no income, little food, lack of education and otherwise a difficult life with a low standard of living, we decided to make Kyangwali in Uganda our home and try to improve our lives. society. The start-up began as an association in 2007 and is now an internationally recognized organization. We gathered a group of girls and women who learned to sew and design tablecloths and other crafts as a source of income for their families. This meant a big change for 50 households / families.

In 2010, we decided to increase our efforts and our activities. We saw that the community around us was still facing many difficulties and therefore we started a mobilization to enable the environment around us to help themselves. The campaign was about finding out how much the community itself could do without help that we did not have in our immediate environment at the time. We talked to everyone we could about humanism and volunteering and we managed to get volunteers in who cleared roads, cleaned unprotected water resources, set up housing and toilets for the extremely vulnerable groups. This included orphans, the disabled, widows, mothers and the sick and elderly. This large group of volunteer hardworking people affected the lives of very many during these years and received great local attention.

In 2015, we started a partnership with World Vision Uganda and set up 41 latrines adapted for the disabled in the Kyangwali Refugee Settlement. In May of that year, we decided to do something that seemed impossible. Given that the children in the area lacked access to good education, we started an Early Childhood Development Center (TBS) in a room in our office. We started with 26 children, at kindergarten and primary school level with 2 caregivers / teachers. Today we have a school with 10 classes (3 TBS, 7 at primary school level) with a total of over 600 orphaned and vulnerable refugee children as well as Ugandan toddlers from 3 to 17 years of age. They get a hot meal as well as medication they need at school. P4T kindergarten and primary school also provides work for 20 teachers and other employees. Without any guaranteed income, we have done the best we can with temporary funds, and have both qualified and unqualified teachers to give the children what they need.

In the same year (2015), P4T was awarded funding from the US Embassy in Kampala through the PEPFAR program to implement a "Living Positive" project for children affected by / living with HIV and orphans. This project provided for the social and economic strengthening of 81 households with orphaned and vulnerable children who were affected by / or had HIV. The project supported these 81 households from 15 October 2015 to 14 September 2016, and positively affected the lives of over 400 people through skills training, agricultural training and starter kits for carpenters, tailors, small-scale bakeries and sewing kits, etc.

In February 2018, P4T Kindergarten and primary school was publicly approved by the Ministry of Education and Sports with registration number ME / P / 9478.

We believe in the power of educating children to prepare refugee children for a better future that eradicates poverty in the society in which they live. "Refugee children are tomorrow's leaders," says Bienvenu, P4T's director.

P4T started with voluntary counseling and testing in the Kyangwali Refugee Settlement and the community at large. In the so-called 90 90 90 HIV / AIDS strategy, we focused on the first 90 by ensuring that 90% of the population was tested to find out about their condition. We created awareness and enlightened the population through training and workshops. We used music, dance, drama, drawing and painting about HIV / AIDS and gender-based violence, and also offered sports activities such as football competitions for women as part of empowering women. All of these activities were intended to combat ignorance, misunderstandings, stigma, ruthlessness, negative behavior and hopelessness.

We have the COMMITMENT, we have the VOLUNTEERING spirit, we have the feeling of  HUMANITY, and we have INTEGRITY to use all donated funds for our purposes, and make a difference in society.


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