Towards improved quality of life
Through sustainable rural community development program, IAS Uganda seeks to contribute towards improved quality of life through integrated livelihood and empowerment projects in the districts of Pader, Agago, Abim, Katakwi and Amuria. In the year 2014, the approach was coupled with the Humanitarian Intervention in West Nile- Arua District in support to South Sudan refugees by engaging in an Emergency Water Sanitation and Hygiene intervened in Arua where the response was both at community and school level.
The lessons learnt from the Interventions in Northern Uganda (Pader, Agago, Abim, Amuria and Katakwi) where they are grappling with dependency syndrome to introduce livelihood activities were employed as a measure to enhance resilience among the refugees in Arua District.
Resilience in emergency
Can refugees save and become enterprising? Yes they can. The refugees in Ocea village in Rhino Camp in Arua District are
engaging in Village Loan and Savings (VSLA):
After IAS conducted awareness campaigns on the benefits of VSLA as a means of achieving self-reliance, a group of 25 South Sudanese refugees (Salaam VSLA) with no much source of income, came together and initiated a Village Savings and Loan Association. The aim of saving money was to develop a loan fund to enable them establish petty income generation activities. The group is composed of 18 women and 07 men who are carrying out saving and credit activities saving between UGX 2,000 – 10,000 per week plus a social welfare contribution of UGX 1,000 weekly. Consequently, in 12 weeks the group members had saved a total of 2,505,000 (Approx. $864) out of which some social welfare fund is put aside to support members faced with exceptionally hard situations. Since the commencement of the savings activities, members are engaged in petty businesses dealing in buying and selling food items such as; tomatoes, cassava flour, Onions, salt, sweet potatoes, and sugar. The profit realized from the sales is used for weekly savings and to provide household basic needs supplementing support from WPF.