What we achieved
We have all left the camps now. We are all fully cultivating and out of school children are back in school and we have enough food to support them and we can provide clothing, books and pens – in the camps we couldn’t do that.Community member
Remote rural areas of the Katakwi District in Uganda were heavily affected by violent conflict caused by the Lord’s Resistance Army and incursions by Karamoja warriors. In 2010, internally displaced people (IDP) began returning to their farms and small rural villages to restart their lives.
Many children who grew up in the camps were dependant on services available within them and missed out on gaining vital life skills such as growing food. This meant they struggled to re-establish their farms in areas that had been left uncultivated for many years. Children were also often traumatised and had experienced only limited access to schooling in IDP camps.
How we got there
We focused on developing and supporting appropriate farming skills in the community through demonstration gardens in schools. These led to the creation of community farming groups and boosted support for the school.
Alongside this, we introduced the standard Link package of school support with a focus on learner centred teaching methods and the creation of child-friendly school environments. This also included training school stakeholders and district education staff, support for supervision of teachers and the development of participatory planning and accountability.