In Uganda, ZOA works in two different settings. In West Nile Region, ZOA works on relief and recovery with refugees from South Sudan and DRC and host communities. In Acholi and Karamoja Region, ZOA works on recovery with former internally displaced people. Working in close cooperation with the communities we serve, our goal is to create viable impact.
West Nile: refugees and host community
More than half of all refugees in Uganda are children. Schools in and around the settlements are overwhelmed by the enormous needs. Access to education is increased through for example rehabilitation and construction of classrooms and teacher houses, support to learners with scholastic materials and girls with sanitary kits and through tailored support for children with disabilities. The quality of education is enhanced through the provision of learning materials, and by supporting the government of Uganda with training of qualified teachers.
ZOA also aims at improving early grade reading through a pilot in phonics. This project is implemented with funding from Education Cannot Wait and coordinated through the Uganda Education Consortium (hosted by Save the Children), a coalition supporting quality education for refugee and host community children. Under the EU Emergency Trust Fund, ZOA works towards improved livelihood and peaceful coexistence of refugees and host communities. ZOA furthermore builds capacity and resilience of 5,000 youth, equipping them with employable, societal and business skills. Under the ‘HOPE-Harvest Opportunities for Pupils in Emergencies’ project, implemented with local partner PALM Corps, ZOA provides access to quality education.