About KIK

There are over two million orphans in Uganda and over 50% of Uganda’s population is under the age of 15. Many countries, including Uganda, in Africa have been ravaged and torn apart by AIDS and war leaving millions of innocent children on the streets and without a family. Many of these children find their way to the inner city and join a gang inside a ghetto just to survive. The streets are littered with abandoned and/or orphaned children. Many die from malnutrition and starvation. Others die from diseases such as malaria and typhoid. Their numbers are too great and yet they are an unnumbered population. They have become to their society, disposable. However, there are those who refuse to accept these facts as the only answer. Kids Inspiring Kids plans on “Inspiring Nations One Life at a Time”.

Vision:

Kids Inspiring Kids is a non-profit 501(c) 3 Corporation in the USA. The Parent Organization is The International Fellowship of Ministries. Kids Inspiring Kids can issue tax deductible receipts for any money or goods received.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

If it ain't broke...it might actually be broken

You cannot address an issue or a problem without first admitting that there IS one.
In April 2017 a Dutch public broadcasting agency NOS published a story on Uganda "the refugee paradise". The article was titled: "Welcome refugee! Uganda welcomes you with open arms!" A South Sudanese colleague frowned after reading the translated article. "How can they see this as paradise?" he asked. "Don't they know that people who are here are the ones who are not able to go somewhere else? Live in the city, or perhaps another country? There is no such thing as a paradise here."
Uganda is a country about the size of Oregon and home to almost 42 million people. And the population growth is increasing exponentially. It is also home to refugees from at least 13 different countries and over 1.2 million from South Sudan alone. More than 86% of new arrivals from Sudan are women and children. Refugee women arriving in neighboring countries have also reported repeated rape, the killing of their husbands, and abduction of their children. South Sudan's conflict has now raged on for nearly five years and affected more than 4mil lives. 



(For scale: California is home to almost 40 million people and much larger than Uganda.)
193 member states of the United Nations in 2016 adopted the New York Declaration committing members to better share responsibility for the world’s refugees and support the communities that host them in a global compact. This included drawing up a Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF). Uganda was the first country that decided to apply the CRRF once the New York Declaration was adopted.

As of December 2017, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is witnessing a sharp rise in the number of people from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) seeking safety in Uganda. More than 2,650 refugees have crossed the border during the last week of December alone, fleeing fresh violence in DRC’s Ituri province – this is five times the usual number of arrivals. Most of them again, are women and children. Despite gains in policy and practice in recent years, the capacities and needs of refugee women and girls are too often overlooked in refugee responses. In 2016, 51% of all refugees globally were children. Additionally, according to the New York Declaration, an estimated 9.3 million persons with disabilities are forcibly displaced as the result of persecution, conflict, violence, and other human rights violations. Persons with disabilities are among the most marginalized in any crisis-affected community and are over-represented among those living in poverty. Situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies also impact the access to and the collapse of essential services. Uganda hosts the largest amount of refugees in all of Africa: over 1.4 MIL. And Uganda is not receiving enough international support.Many first world countries have used Uganda as a case study and an example of open door policies when it comes refugees, but they ignore the millions of internally displaced people and the basic fact that Uganda's economy is buckling. It is to the point of breaking under the strain of providing for a large population with a shaky GDP and holes in necessary humanitarian aid. The funding needed to support these refugees is just not there. Finally, people are starting to take notice, but more needs to be done. This is currently, the largest refugee crisis that the world is facing.
“The situation is no longer sustainable - for the governments of asylum countries, humanitarian agencies...The cycle of violence must be brought to an end.” -UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi
Refugees await transport © UNHCR/Samuel Otieno

Refuge crisis seems to have become a buzz word that people throw around for money, votes or publicity, but it is a very real problem. It also has very real solutions. At KIK, we are putting tangible solutions in place to serve as a working model for the future.
Many of Uganda's own citizens are in terrible situations. At KIK we work primarily with a group of Acholi refugees. They are the by-product of a war the world forgot about that ended officially in 2006. For 20 years these people endured the harsh conditions of IDP camps (internally displaced persons), eventually making their way to the Banda Acholi Quarters slum area. Now, the government wants that land back as well. They have begun bulldozing homes and forcing people out onto the streets once again. The stress of which has given people heart attacks and caused many deaths.

We are relocating these people to the Place of Refuge Village, but we need your help. This Village will create generational impact, sustainability, and change. The foundation for this venture has been laid steadily for over 12 years.

Working with knowledgeable and reputable architects to begin the design phase of the village, we have purchased the initial 100+ acres, drilled 3 wells, started crop rotations, cleared 20-25 acres, are building a storage facility, 2 pit-latrines, installed 6 safari tents and relocated the foundational families and single men, to begin the project. To make this dream a reality, the estimated cost of the project is $3 million (USD). We plan to raise all of this money through charitable donations given as one-time gifts or recurring payments.




“I hope that we will not forget the fundamental objective of the global compact on refugees – to have a real impact on people’s lives. This includes citizens of host communities who sacrifice so much to host refugees; as well as refugees so that they can contribute and not be a burden on host communities – so that both refugees and host communities remain strong and resilient in adversity until solutions are found.” -Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees during High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The REFUGEE CRISIS you haven't heard about

Aerial view of Bidi Bidi refugee camp
When most people think of the "refugee crisis" their mind often goes to Syria or the middle east and Europe. I doubt most people would even think about Uganda, but they should. In fact, the world's largest refugee camp is IN Uganda. Consultations that have taken place since 193 member states of the United Nations in 2016 adopted the New York Declaration committing members to better share responsibility for the world’s refugees and support the communities that host them in a global compact. This included drawing up a Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF).

“The New York Declaration emerged from the Syria refugee crisis – or rather the failure to address some of the challenges of this crisis. But the challenges go well beyond the Syria refugee situation – this is a global problem,” Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees during High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges, told the opening session.

Uganda has taken in 1.3 million people in the past 12 months alone from neighboring countries. Most have come from Southern Sudan because of nearly 5 years of famine and conflict.
A year ago Greece and Turkey bore the brunt of the world's worst refugee crisis. Newspapers and television bulletins were full of stories about the influx of a million people in Europe, fleeing conflict in Syria, Iraq and other parts of the Middle East or Africa.
Now, an even bigger refugee crisis is unfolding, not in Europe but in Africa. But it has had far less media coverage, and most people do not even know it is happening.
Uganda is now in the middle of the world's fastest-growing refugee crisis.
In the past 12 months, Uganda has taken in more than Greece, Turkey or any other country in the world at the height of last year's crisis in Europe.
Every day 2,000 people cross Uganda's borders. They are fleeing famine, drought, and violence. 6 million struggle to find food. This is the highest level of food insecurity the country has ever seen.
According to the UN: almost 276,000 people are estimated to be severely malnourished and in need of immediate life-saving aid.
The lack of access to clean water is also a major issue. It is the cause of death for most children. Since last December roughly two new refugee camps open up each month to accommodate the influx of people to the area. 
Refugees gather. In March 2017 2.8k people arrived every day from Sudan

James Elder, from the UN children's agency UNICEF has said that Uganda has shown an extraordinarily progressive and open-door policy to refugees. So much so, many South Sudanese are expected to stay in Uganda indefinitely. What you won't see in the news is that the government won't even let local Ugandan's return to their land after their own 20-year war. Ugandan refugees are now squatting on land that belongs to the Ugandan government and now the government wants it back. This displaced hundreds of thousands of internal refugees while the influx of foreign refugees continues. The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the country is now massively overstretched. UN agencies and NGOs are struggling to provide enough food, water, medicines and other services needed to sustain such a huge population. The Ugandan Government is seeking around $8 billion in humanitarian assistance.
“Uganda has continued to maintain open borders,” said Ruhakana Rugunda, Uganda’s prime minister. “But this unprecedented mass influx is placing enormous strain on our public services and local infrastructure.” Feargal O’Connell, the regional director of the aid group Concern, “what’s needed is a durable peace so all refugees feel comfortable enough to return home. What’s needed, though, in the short term is funding.”
Over 270,000 refugees in one camp
This small African country about the size of Oregon is surrounded by conflict nations: Kenya, Sudan, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Tanzania. 

By the end of 2006, a war the world forgot about was coming to an end, but Northern Uganda was still reeling from the devastation that Kony and his Lords Resistance Army had wrought. The people of Northern Uganda, mostly the Acholi people were now left in Internally Displaced Persons Camps (IDP camps). After over 20 years of survival, many of these people have no skills sets and no place to return "home" to. 
A group of them found their way to the Banda Ghetto outside of Kampala. Kids Inspiring Kids has been working with these people for over the past decade. This crisis is a complicated one. There isn't an easy solution, but KIK is making a difference. 
A lot of people are familiar with the viral video that explains the global issue of refugees. Immigration, World Poverty and Gumballs - Watch here 
Everyone has a different take on this. It is more of a statement of fact than a solution to the issues at hand, but there is something incredibly evident...even if you let all the refugees into other countries, it doesn't help the root issues or the people that currently reside in those other countries that are having to face the strain it puts on the host's economy.

Place of Refuge Village addresses a large section of these problems. It relocates internal refugees and resettles them onto land that has clear land title and sustainability. Having worked with the same people group for over ten years has allowed for the development of skills sets needed for SELF-sustainability. 
This solution will have a Generational Impact. This isn't about putting a band-aid on a problem and hoping it will just work itself out. This is about changing a nation. If you were to have asked the people group we work with ten years ago what their biggest dream was, it was to get out of Africa. They thought that maybe if they were just able to go to America or the UK THEN they could have a better life. Now, if you were to ask them they are hopeful about changing the world around them, right where they are. They want to make a better life for themselves and their family and they are excited about the Place of Refuge Village. It has been a complete mindset shift. They are now realizing they have everything they need to have a better life without having to get out of Africa. They are cautiously hopeful.
International governments are not always the solution and even more of an issue is how long legislation takes. There are better solutions it just requires a little creativity and less temporary solutions. Often times it is up to dedicated individuals and organizations dedicated to making a difference that can move seemingly immovable mountains. 
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Chores for Charity: KIK Charity Jar

At Kids Inspiring Kids we understand that the best way to make the biggest impact is to start with kids! Even in America we sometimes lose hope as we get older and our dreams become dampened with the reality of everyday life. But if you ask a kid what they want to be when they grow up, they often have BIG goals. 
Through our volunteers and partners, we have had several kids directly involved in impacting our vision here in Uganda. This coming month we want to spotlight kids in the community under 18yrs old that want to make an impact with KIK. There are a lot of ways they can accomplish this:
One easy way to get your kids involved is Chores for Charity. For one month instead of paying out cash for chores around the house, fill a KIK Charity jar. At the end of the month send us the final amount labeled Chores for Charity and we will individually recognize each kid personally with a thank you card and photo from Uganda.
Challenge your kids to go above and beyond this next month. Show them that every little bit matters and counts when it comes to impacting the world around them.




Thursday, June 29, 2017

Lira- Rebuilding After the War

Recently, Kids Inspiring Kids as well as an American volunteer, Jeff, traveled to Lira in Northern Uganda. While they were there they met some amazing people who will become an integral part of helping the people in the Banda Acholi Quarters. A counselor will be coming to the Quarters next month to help the people with PTSD from all of the trauma they have suffered. We are very excited to partner with amazing locals. 






These women will come to the Banda Quarters to council our people with PTSD



"The Lord’s Resistance Army has been fighting the Government of Uganda since the mid-1980s. In all, the conflict is estimated to have killed tens of thousands and forced nearly 2 million Ugandans to flee their homes, while also spilling over into Southern Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo." - UN.org
"The first major step forward came in August 2006 when the two sides signed a cessation of hostilities agreement which has since been converted into a formal ceasefire...This was followed in mid-2007 by the signing of agreements setting out the broad contours of a final settlement based on comprehensive solutions to the conflict – including measures to address the economic, political and social difficulties in northern Uganda, as well as a set of principles on human rights, accountability and reconciliation." -UN.org

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Buy a Shirt, Support a Village

#BuyaShirtSupportaVillage

Kids Inspiring Kids is building a new sustainable village for 3000 Acholi people that currently reside in the Banda Acholi Quarters. These incredible people have endured so much in their lifetimes, and yet again face adversity as the city of Kampala plans to reclaim their land and demolish their living quarters in the next 1-2 years. This will displace thousands of Acholi families, inevitably resulting in many deaths. 
When you purchase a shirt you not only have the opportunity to support the building of Place of Refuge Village, you also can proudly display the charity you helped support by wearing the shirt you receive. 
#BuyaShirtSupportaVillage on your social media once your shirt is shipped! 








Less than $20 will save thousands of lives.


Click this LINK  or the photo above to see additional details. We are halfway to our goal with 20 days left in the campaign.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Safari Tents...and how YOU can help right NOW!

As we establish a strong foundation and consistent supervision, we want to move a few anchor families out in the next couple of months to provide essential leadership.
The beauty is that these tents can be set up quickly, are easily movable as we build and grow, and allow us to transition these families to the village much sooner than anticipated.
$3,500 will provide one 16' x 24' tent and all interior furnishings for 4 people. Six tents would help us move families out more quickly filling this foundational leadership need.
This is a gift that will keep on giving! As we are able to build permanent housing, we will continue to use the tents for work groups and visiting teams.
Thank you for your help friends!


How to Donate
1. You can use our link on this page to donate through PayPal with your choice of funding. This can be as a one-time donation or a recurring payment. Please be aware that this method does result in a 3% surcharge to our organization. Click: DONATE
2. You can mail a check directly to “Kids Inspiring Kids” at 3601 Fowler Drive, Austin, Texas 78738. Please specify “Village Project” in a note or on the check so that we can appropriately direct your funds.
3. You can provide a check to one of our volunteer fundraisers to be deposited directly into the Kids Inspiring Kids account. Contact Nicole at nicole@kidsinspire.com

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Next Phase....pigs, cows and chickens!

With the completion of the second well on the Place of Refuge Land, we are now entering the next phase!
This phase will cost about $60k and consist of clearing land and starting to build the homes that the relocated families will live in. Click on the photo for more Village information and to make a donation.

The purchase of animals will help us clear the land naturally and provide food. 








Buy a PIG for $90.00 USD








Buy a COW for $250.00 USD








Buy a CALF for $100.00







Buy a CHICKEN for $10.00 USD







Buy a GOAT for $30.00 USD







Buy a PIGLET for $25.00 USD













We also will be purchasing a brick maker. This machine mixes mud with concrete and makes strong bricks that don't have to be fired in a kiln. It is also more efficient and faster. The local bricks deteriorate after some time, but bricks made with the brick maker will last a lot longer, provide better insulation and weather the elements more effectively. 


Click on the photos to make a DONATION at the bottom of the page and mark the PayPal notes accordingly. OR send a check to the address below marked accordingly. 

Thank you to everyone who is supporting and continues to support our efforts in Uganda, Africa.


How to Donate
1. You can use our link on this page to donate through PayPal with your choice of funding. This can be as a one-time donation or a recurring payment. Please be aware that this method does result in a 3% surcharge to our organization. Click: DONATE
2. You can mail a check directly to “Kids Inspiring Kids” at 3601 Fowler Drive, Austin, Texas 78738. Please specify “Village Project” in a note or on the check so that we can appropriately direct your funds.
3. You can provide a check to one of our volunteer fundraisers to be deposited directly into the Kids Inspiring Kids account. Contact Nicole at nicole@kidsinspire.com