Blog by Jimmy and Helen
Volunteers Actogether Uganda
“A slum is not a chaotic collection of structures; it is a dynamic collection of individuals who have figured out how to survive in the most adverse of circumstances. Slum people in Uganda have been affected by a number of problems; this has compelled them to articulate their grievances to officials both at local and central government. From poor sanitation, theft to unemployment, are among the sensitive problems affecting slums today in Uganda.
Kisenyi slum the biggest slum in Kampala city:
The IOM project (strengthening social cohesion and stability among slum population project) has finally heard the voice of slum dwellers to curb the unemployment issue that has for a long time affected the slum residents. International Organization for Migration (IOM) in partnership with Actogether and other Organizations such as Action for Fundamental Change and Development (AFFCAD) Xavier Project and YARID are involved in the project.
The project initially started with slums of Kawempe Division and now finally it has spread its wings to Makindye Division. It is to provide the vulnerable youth with dreams and vision by giving them startup kits. Youth from Katwe I and Kabalagala received their equipment and IOM will be monitoring the progress of each individual’s business for a period of two years. This is going to change the livelihood of the beneficiaries through doing decent income generating activities.
|Strengthening social cohesion and stability’s overall objective is to tackle the root causes of inter-communal conflict in slum populations by addressing the sources of grievances – such as unemployment – and by strengthening community cohesion around shared development assets.|
|Katwe I and Kabalagala beneficiaries receiving their startup kits.|
In conclusion, this project is going to change the face of the urban poor/ slum dwellers in particularly the youth since they are the majority of people living in the slum areas of Kampala and this will also reduce the rate of idleness and high criminal rates in the slum areas since they will be kept occupied by their businesses.