South Sudan is home to one of the three largest refugee crises in the world. Due to famine and war, 3.7 million people have been forced to flee their homes, and 100,000 are on the brink of starvation. 6 of every 10 South Sudanese children are refugees.
Most of these refugees have fled to neighboring Uganda. The majority are in Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement; only a year old, this settlement is home to 300,000 people and is one of the largest refugee settlements in the world. They experience food, water and medicine shortages daily.
One Light Global sees Bidi Bidi as a place to reinvent the way refugee camps are created – from slum like camps to centers of empowerment, community collaboration and innovation. Because of Uganda’s policy toward refugees, which allows each family a plot of land, permits employment and allows freedom of movement, new solutions are readily possible here.
We are committed to building revolutionary resource centers that will empower refugees to collaborate together to create innovative water, food, and housing solutions – as well as receive education, healing, skills and life training, and more.
Our vision is to create a model that can be used worldwide in the creation of camps that will allow refugees to be empowered contributing citizens rather than victims wherever they are. We are also building a learning center and empowering women refugee entrepreneurs from DR Congo and Ethiopia in Nakivale refugee settlement.
Our resource center provides:
ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY
BASIC HEALTH NEEDS
2017 - BUILT A PRIMARY SCHOOL WITH INNOVATIVE RAIN CATCHMENT DESIGN
2017 - PROVIDED A WOMEN'S EDUCATION AND TRAINING SPACE AND PROVIDED SEWING MACHINES
2017 - BOUGHT A YEAR'S WORTH OF REUSABLE SANITARY SUPPLIES FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS MADE BY CONGOLESE REFUGEES FOR ETHIOPIAN REFUGEES
2017 - PROVIDED A REFUGEE WOMEN'S COLLECTIVE WITH EQUIPMENT TO GROW CROPS AND BUILT A SOLAR POWERED STORE TO SELL THEIR VEGETABLES AND GOODS TO REFUGEES AT REDUCED COST
2017 - ESTABLISH PARTNERS TO CREATE REFUGEE RESOURCE CENTER
2017 - EMPOWERED A REFUGEE BY PROVIDING HER A SEWING MACHINE TO START A BUSINESS MAKING BABY SWEATERS FOR VULNERABLE NEWBORNS
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