Caritas International Belgium in partnership with Caritas Hoima and Fort Portal has launched a Sh2.274 billion program on Humanitarian Aid and Resilience for Victims of Displacement in Kyangwali Refugees and Kyaka II refugees settlements respectively.
The program targets 23,000 refugees both directly and indirectly and will support 90 Village Saving and Loan Association groups with seed capital of Sh2.5 million per group.
Launching the project at Kagoma village in Kyangwali Refugee Settlement, Alexandre Brecx, the first Secretary and Deputy Head of Cooperation at the Embassy of Belgium said they are concerned over the worrying security situation mainly in the Democratic Republic of Congo which has left people killed and others displaced.
He commended the government of Uganda for offering a hospitable place to war and conflict victims saying they are committed to support their lives.
Brecx said the Belgium Government through the International Community like United Nations and others are working very strongly to address the root causes of insecurity in the Easter part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Bishop Vicente Kirabo of Hoima Catholic Diocese however asked countries as well as those fighting for power to embrace reconciliation and peace to avoid displacement of people from their communities.
He commended the Belgium government and donors for extending the support to what he described as vulnerable sisters and brothers to have basics of their life needs.
Fr. Francis Magezi Exeviur, the director Hoima Caritas Development Organization said the project will support livelihood protection and safeguard, skill younger refuges to stop depending on Aid but start caring for themselves, environmental protection, and health among others.
The project will end in May 2022; Uganda accommodates about 1.3 million Refugees.