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.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

URGENT ACTION HUNDREDS LEFT HOMELESS BY FORCED EVICTIONS: Amnesty International

URGENT ACTION HUNDREDS LEFT HOMELESS BY FORCED EVICTIONS

, Index number: AFR 59/8409/2018

Ugandan soldiers have been forcibly evicting communities in the Apaa area in northern
Uganda since 15 March. So far, more than 250 homes have been burnt and destroyed,
leaving hundreds of people, including children homeless. The evictions have been
carried out by the authorities in violation of the constitution and international human
rights law.

Photo Credit Amnesty International

Since 15 March, hundreds of people in Oyanga, Luru, Acholi Ber and Gaji villages in Apaa area, northern Uganda, have been left homeless after forced evictions by members of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF). This has resulted in hundreds of people, including children, spending nights in the bush during the ongoing rainy season. The latest forced evictions took place on 11 May. So far, soldiers have burnt down more than 250 homes, destroyed property and beat up villagers. According to reports from members of the affected community, armed soldiers beat them up, burnt their food and crops and threatened them with further violence in a bid to intimidate people into leaving their homes. According to media reports, the forced evictions are being carried out at the behest of the Uganda Wildlife Authority and the National Forestry Authority who allege that the villagers are occupying Zoka Forest reserve and East Madi Game Reserve.
The forced evictions are in contravention of an injunction issued by Gulu High Court in February 2018 stopping any evictions until a case filed by some of the villagers regarding the boundary dispute is heard and determined. The evictions have also been carried out without the safeguards required under international human rights law. Further, as a state party to the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa (Kampala Convention), the Ugandan authorities should refrain from, prohibit and prevent arbitrary displacement of populations and provide protection and humanitarian assistance to internally displaced persons
without discrimination of any kind.

Please write immediately in English or your own language:
- Calling on the Ugandan authorities to stop the forced evictions immediately;
- Urging them to provide emergency assistance to the victims of the forced evictions, including emergency shelter and access to food and sanitation, and guaranteeing their safe return to their homes;
- Calling on them to conduct an impartial, thorough and transparent investigation into the forced evictions and reports of violence by the UPDF and take necessary steps under law to hold those responsible to account.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 26 JUNE 2018 TO:

President Yoweri Museveni State House Office Entebbe P.O. Box 25497 Kampala, Uganda Fax: +256414235462 Email: molly.kamukama@statehouse.go.ug Salutation: Your Excellency

Minister of defense Adolf Mwesige Ministry of Defence Mbuya Chwa II P.O. Box 3798 Kampala, Uganda Fax: 0414222812 Email: mod.ps@defence.go.ug Salutation: Honourable

And copies to: Uganda Wildlife Authority Sam Mwandha Plot 7, Kira Road, Kamwokya P. O. Box 3530 Kampala, Uganda Fax: N/A Email: info@ugandawildlife.org

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country (Congressmen, Senators, etc.). Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 
Apaa has been subject to territorial disputes for decades. The residents of Apaa were forced to flee during the Lord’s Resistance Army war and settle in camps outside their villages. In 2002, while still in camps, parliament gazetted the area as a nature reserve to promote tourism in the north. Now Apaa is part of a boundary dispute between Adjumani District, which has designated the area a wildlife conservancy and forest reserve, and Amuru District, which claims it as community ancestral land. 
On 10 February 2012, the High Court in Gulu issued a temporary injunction which instructed Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and its agents or servants to stop “further eviction, destruction, confiscation or conversion and or interfering with the land rights, occupation and uses of land belonging to the [local communities] in the areas of Pabbo and Apaa in Amuru district, pending the determination of the main suit”. Despite this, UPDF soldiers continued to forcibly evict the community and occupy the area. They blocked the communities from rebuilding the destroyed livelihoods following the violent evictions. 
As of 2018, some of the evicted people relocated to other areas of Amuru district, while those with no alternative places to relocate returned to the contested land. The latest court injunction was issued in February 2018. Rachel* (not her real name), from Luru ‘A’ village in Apaa, described how armed soldiers surrounded her home on the evening of 1 May. After asking her to bring all her possessions out of her three huts, they burned the huts down and stole the possessions. Rachel says the men hit her twice and told her that if they returned to find her still there, they would kill her. They then photographed her. Rachel spent one night in the bush but returned to the land on which her home had stood the next day. She told Amnesty International she has nowhere else to go. 
Victor* (not his real name), from Acholi Ber, said he was subjected to three separate forced evictions between March and May. All five huts in Victor’s family compound were burnt in the first attack on 15 March. They managed to rebuild four of the huts, but soldiers returned in April and burnt them down again. On 2 May, seven UPDF soldiers returned to the village to find Victor sleeping in an iron-roofed shelter normally used for farming equipment. He says the officers demanded to know what he was “still doing here” and then severely beat him using the butt of a gun and a hammer, laughing as he tried to escape. Victor told Amnesty International that he has difficulty walking due to the beating.

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Place of Refuge Village is a NECESSITY. These people deserve a place they can call home without the threat of government removal or rebel harm. Help us resettle these people ASAP. Your contribution will directly affect these people's lives and well being. 

Friday, May 11, 2018

#MothersMatter: The Story of Christine Apio

In honor of Mother's Day this weekend we are taking the time to specifically highlight some amazing mothers that we work with in Uganda, Africa. These stories are told in their voice and in their words.

The Story of Christine Apio:
I am 39 years old and have four children.  I also take care of my brother’s two children who are orphans.  I grew up in Lira with my five brothers and sisters.  My parents were farmers but life was not bad.  It wasn’t bad that is until the rebels came.  I was 18 years old and in Primary 6 (sixth grade).  They killed 3 of my brothers and sisters and abducted me right from school. I attended a “mixed” school of boys and girls but I didn’t know what happened to my friends. I spent one year in the bush.  My job was to welcome new people that had been abducted and I was also used for “entertainment” purposes whenever the Commander told me.  I tried to escape several time but failed.  These resulted in beatings and starvings.  They beat me and rolled me in the mud and beat me again on my wet skin.  I was in so much pain.  I was given the word at some point that my parents were dead and my sister was traumatized because she had witnessed their death.
I waited and waited and then one day I pretended there was no water for drinking.  When I reached the river, I dropped down to my stomach and inched my way over one kilometer to get away.  After crawling for what seemed like hours I stood up and started running. I had cuts and scrapes all over my knees but I ran and ran.  I met an old man and he helped hide me for two days.  He then took me to the military barracks in Lira.  Soldiers surrounded me and I wasn’t sure I was safe but they gave me clothes and things for bathing.
After that I went to my Aunt’s in Lira.  My Aunt did the best she could but since I had been in the bush with the rebels for over a year my Aunt and the people around thought I needed to go through a “Purification” process.  My mind was not stable during this time.  The people put herbs in my mouth and ears.  Crazy as it was I did get better and better as the weeks went by.
Soon I was able to travel.  I was brought to town where I met my husband.  He was a roofer and we lived together as husband and wife even though we didn’t have a formal wedding ceremony.  We had two children and then my husband got a contract for work in the capital city of Kampala.  We moved to the Banda Acholi Quarters, that was four years ago.  We still have land in the North but neither of us feel safe to go back to it.
Our HIV status is unknown at this point and we live one day to the next.  There is not enough food and school fees, especially for the children of my brother, are hard to come by.  I’m excited about the new village, Place of Refuge.  I pray in my heart to God, “If you made me, redeem me”.  A new place to call home with enough sustainability and a better chance for my children is my redemption.

This Mother's Day #MothersMatter
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Thursday, May 10, 2018

#MothersMatter: The Story of Gloria Akello

In honor of Mother's Day this weekend we are taking the time to specifically highlight some amazing mothers that we work with in Uganda, Africa. These stories are told in their voice and in their words.

The Story of Gloria Akello:

I sometimes wonder at the world.  What would it be like if I were born in a different time, a different place with a different skin color?  I’m only 16 but I feel sometimes like I’ve lived long enough.  My father died as a result of working in the rock quarry.  One day there was a rockslide that fell on him.  He fell sick and spent one month in the hospital.  They said there was nothing more to do so we took him to the village in the North where he shortly died.  This left my mom with seven children to look after including a cousin.  My mom’s only means of support is rolling paper beads to sell.  I was in Primary 6 and while not the best student I was still studying nonetheless.  During one of my holiday times I was back in the Banda Acholi Quarters and started hanging around a boy who was in Senior 1, a few grades higher than me.  We fooled around and I got pregnant as a result.  I’m not proud of what I did but the facts were I was pregnant.  I went full term only to deliver a still-born baby boy.  They let me see him before they took him away and I named him Daniel Nicholas.  He looked sweet but I’m glad he doesn’t have to live the hard life.  I don’t want to go back to regular school.  I’ve seen and done too much at this point and I don’t think it would benefit me.  I instead would like to do a tailoring course but that too takes money.  Money I don’t have.  All I want at this point is to live a better life, a life of purpose and meaning because some days I don’t feel like there is any.  Kids Inspiring Kids started a youth program and I feel that I am loved there.  They talk about a village where we can live a life of purpose, go to school, get medical attention.  I dream about that often and wonder if my life can make a difference.  I believe it can...

This Mother's Day #MothersMatter
Instead of flowers this Mother's Day, give a gift to your mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin, sister, friend, etc. that not only blesses her, but also impacts a mother half a world away.
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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

FAQs for Volunteering with KIK

Want to volunteer with KIK but have questions?! We have you covered. Check out our FAQs: 


Here is what you need to know:

KIK accepts volunteers on a short-time basis (up to 3 months). Longer time must be approved and additional visa arrangements made. We accept volunteers after an application has been made. If you are under 18 years old you must have written parental consent in addition to the application. We welcome volunteers from all over the world. Previous volunteers have been from USA, Russia, Austria, Italy, Venezuela and more.
What would I be doing at KIK?
KIK has purchased land for Place of Refuge Village, so Phase I building projects are starting. Various other projects are also available (i.e. feeding, medical outreach, etc.) during volunteering with KIK. You will be given a detailed itinerary based on, but not limited to, your skill sets, group size, length of stay, current projects, etc. before you arrive. During the week KIK may go into individual homes in the slum to counsel, administer minor medical and assist with individual and family needs. KIK’s primary goal is to teach character.
How do I get to KIK? What is the nearest airport? What documents do I need?
The main airport in Uganda is Entebbe airport. It is about 45 kilometers from the KIK headquarters in Muyenga/Bukasa, Uganda (just outside of the capital city of Kampala). We will pick you directly from the airport and return you upon your departure. The cost of this is $40.00 each way (this fee may be included in your volunteer package, inquire specifically). You may acquire a tourist visa at the airport upon arrival. The cost is $50.00 USD. You will need a valid passport with at least 6 months remaining time before expiring on it. You must carry your inoculation card that shows your vaccine records and have it available if asked.
Immunizations and other health questions including HIV/Aids?
Contact your personal doctor, or find a local travel clinic, to obtain proper immunizations for travel to Uganda. Yellow fever is currently the only required vaccine for entering Uganda, but it is recommended that you are current on several others.
Malaria is a concern here, and caution should be taken to avoid mosquito bites by using a deet-based repellent and sleeping under a mosquito net. Mosquito nets are provided at KIK. Short-term volunteers can consider malaria preventatives like Doxycycline (cheap) or Malarone (expensive). Please note that Doxycycline can make you sun sensitive and Uganda is on the equator. Most doctors no longer recommend Larium (Mefloquine) because of the side effects. Most long-termers don’t take anti-malarials because there is treatment here and it is effective. Consult your doctor for further questions.
Consult the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/travel) for Ugandan recommendations and for a “Travel Health Clinic” in the US.
This is Africa, there is HIV. The only way it can be transmitted is blood to blood contact, and we are careful about that. Many of the women in the women’s group and several kids are HIV+ many are on ARVs.
Regardless of how careful you are about what and where you eat and drink, you might have some minor problems with your health while here. The most common incidents relate to gastrointestinal problems and parasites. These are easily and inexpensively treated. People here get the normal cold, flu, infections, etc, as they do in other countries.
The cost of volunteering and where will I stay?
Depending on the group size you will most likely be staying at KIK headquarters, family style. We are in a gated compound and very safe. You will be sleeping under a mosquito net. Any other foods, travel, crafts, etc not outlined in your itinerary will be at your own expense. Our volunteer packages include room, most meals, drinking water (bottled or boiled), toilet paper, and transportation to projects. Showers are provided and in the event of no running water (this sometimes happens) water will be brought in for bathing and laundry. You will be responsible for washing your own clothes but water, basins, and laundry soap is provided.
Large Groups and groups wanting to put together packages with other requirements (i.e. additional travel, safari’s, bungee jumping, ATVing, etc) need to contact KIK for rates and availability. nicole@kidsinspire.com
Other expenses and money?
There are also some hot spots around the area and in town where you can also use a laptop. Some places charge, others, like restaurants, won’t charge if you are eating there. There is a weekly Craft market in which to buy souvenirs or gifts at reasonable prices.
You can exchange American dollars, Canadian dollars, Euros or British Pounds at the Forex Exchange Bureaus. You need to have 50’s or 100’s for the denominations to exchange. The American dollars especially need to be series 2006 or higher, new bills preferably with no marks, tears or creases in them. You can use a Visa, not a Mastercard (if it has the plus symbol), in several ATM machines that will dispense Ugandan Shillings. You need to check with your local bank for the exchange rates and fees to use them. Credit Cards are not commonly used in Uganda and only a few places take them. Traveler’s checks are also very difficult to cash. Bring cash to exchange or plan on using your visa card in the ATM machines.
There are many sights and things to see while you are in Uganda. If you want to take an excursion trip to Jinja and see the Source of the Nile or go Whitewater rafting arrangements can be made for you. Also, there are land and water safaris in Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls if you want to see animals. All trips vary in price depending on the type of accommodations you may desire.
What should I bring with me?
A checklist of recommended items to pack will be sent with your final itinerary.
Anything electrical must be on 240 current. If you have something that is on 110v you must also have a converter. You might also consider an adapter for Africa (prong) to use for your electrical items that may not need a converter (i.e. laptops, iPods, some phones, and cameras). Sunscreen and bug spray are also recommended. Your personal toiletries (shampoo, washcloth (micro-fiber works well), towel), a pillow, and comfortable clothing/shoes. Dry-fit clothing works well. All pants need to be knee length as well as skirts/dresses for women. No tube or mid-drift tops. Bathing suits need to be modest. No see-through clothing. Shoes should be comfortable and sturdy. Tennis shoes can be a bit hot for your feet and washing socks are sometimes difficult. Shoes like Tevas or Crocks are recommended. Do not bring expensive jewelry. Uganda has lots of orange dirt, light colored clothing tends to get stained very quickly. Wash and wear clothing is the best, especially dry-fit and clothing with lycra in them. Earplugs are also recommended, especially if you are a light sleeper.
Is Uganda safe?
As far as risks in traveling, Uganda is very visitor friendly. The people here are mostly very peaceful and non-violent. The Bradt Travel guide states that Uganda is one of the safest places for tourists. We have had many volunteers come and go without any incident. It is important to take precautions, as you would anywhere, by not being alone at night.
What language (s) do they speak in Uganda?
English is common and Luganda is spoken in the city and outlying areas. Luo is spoken and used in the slums as the people we work with are the Acholi people that were displaced during the war in Nothern-Uganda. If needed, you will have an interpreter otherwise, you can get by in most places with English.
International Communication

You can place international calls for about 30 cents per minute. You can buy a mobile phone here for under $50.00 and then load airtime on a sim card to make calls. Texting is about 10 cents per international text. You can also use an international phone that is either tri or quad band. It must be unlocked. Just buy a local sim card and load airtime. You can use your laptop to skype from an internet cafe and send messages from a cafe or hotspot. Many cell phone providers now have international plans. Please check with your local carrier before you travel to avoid unexpected costs.
If you wish to receive mail while you are here you can do so. KIK has a post office box, but mail service is slow and mail usually takes 2-4 weeks depending on the country of origination.
Groups

If you have a group that wants to come out contact us directly for more information at tomi@kidsinspire.com or nicole@kidsinspire.com .

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Volunteer Summer 2018

Volunteer Opportunity Summer 2018


Volunteering shows the world what kind of world you want to live in. Place of Refuge Village is now a reality and we need help. This summer Kids Inspiring Kids is looking for 10 volunteers to selflessly give of their time to help change the lives of the people of Uganda. Spend your summer break exploring what Winston Churchill called, "The Pearl of Africa" and bring hope to these amazing people. This trip will be taking place July 11-25, 2018. We recommend a minimum 14+ day trip to accommodate traveling, jet lag, and projects. 

Itinerary
  • Day 1- All parties arrive/Airport travel to Kampala
  • Day 2- Exchange $/See Kampala
  • Day 3- Craft Market/Lake Victoria Visit -Cultural Dance & Dinner
  • Day 4- Trip to Banda Ghetto/Slums
  • Day 5- Local Church (Optional)/ Pack for Place of Refuge Village (PRV)
  • Day 6- Travel to PRV/Lake Wamala visit
  • Day 7- Village Projects (wells, agriculture, building, etc.)
  • Day 8- Village Projects (wells, agriculture, building, etc.)
  • Day 9- Jigger Clinic Training/Prep/Lake Wamala boat trip
  • Day 10- Jigger Clinic in local schools/ Learn to make Banda Beads
  • Day 11- Village Projects/Prepare for local outreach
  • Day 12- Local outreach/Pack/Travel to Kampala
  • Day 13- Jinja Source of the Nile trip
  • Day 14- Local food market/Final group Dinner/Airport PM
  • Day 15- Airport runs as needed
  • Subject to change based on current projects, size of the group, length of trip, etc.

COST: $1,000.00 FOR TWO WEEKS
Discounts available for groups of 10

*$250.00 deposit required within 45 days of scheduled itinerary.
*Trip must be paid in full 30 days prior to scheduled itinerary.
*Trip may not be canceled within 29 days of scheduled itinerary. This will result in the loss of all payments.
*Trips canceled 31+ days of the scheduled itinerary will lose the $250.00 deposit.

-Flight information must be sent to KIK 21-30 days prior to scheduled itinerary. Please keep in mind that due to the time change and length of travel, you will need to leave 1-2 days PRIOR to scheduled itinerary.
-Once the deposit is paid KIK will send finalized itinerary, travel/packing checklist, and additional information.
-Please keep in mind passports can take 4-6 weeks and must have more than 6 months remaining in order to be valid. There is a rush service available if needed. https://www.uspassporthelpguide.com/ 

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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. 
Learn more about how Kids Inspiring Kids is addressing the refugee crisis in Uganda. 
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