Innovative projects for refugees, former child soldiers, and host communities in northern Uganda
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Dec 2012 01

What we do

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GRG facilitates the reconciliation and reintegration of former child soldiers of Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army with their communities in northern Uganda.

We started projects in Uganda in 2006, working with 425 people.

Projects are done through groups. Each group has 15 to 30 members: half former child soldiers and half community members.

2006-2011: 17 groups of 425 people total. Groups graduated in 2011 after reaching social, economic, and community goals.

Currently: 21 projects with 530 people total.

Eleven types of projects, each designed by the community:

  • Conflict resolution training
  • Leadership development
  • Community microfinance
  • Organic Farming
  • Brick-making competitions
  • Skills training
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Trauma counseling
  • Small business development: handicrafts, beekeeping
  • Cultural drumming & dancing
  • Adult literacy

What’s unique:

  • Projects are designed by communities themselves
  • We work continuously with a community for 5 years, not a 1-off workshop
  • Participation is inclusive to avoid stigma: youth, men, women, ex-combatants, community members, disabled persons

 

Total annual budget: approximately $49,000

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