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Voices From the Field

Seeing the able and not the Label.

Published on 23 October 2017

HIJRA with the support from MTI assessed 172 children with disabilities ranging from cerebral palsy, down syndrome, spinal bifida to pyshical, hearing and visual impairments in Nakivale Settlement Camp. This was done as part of HIJRA's 2017 community services implementation plan under psychosocial support to strengthen the most vulnerable persons of concern especially with disabilities. Wheel chairs and visual appliances were distributed to the physically imparired children whereas the rest were educated on the different physiotherapy exercises and nutritional support they need to maintain a normal life. 

Most children with disabilities living within the settlement from poor backgrounds and therefore they are frequently trapped in a vicious cycle of exclusion from society. Their physical, mental and emotional developmental processes are viewed as a curse within the family and most of them are neglected by their parents and care givers. Without appropriate assistive devices, psycho-education to their parents and care givers, such children often lack the means to participate in education, socialization activities and training programmes for independent living and contribution to the development process. 

During the activity, the parents were educated and trained on psycho-education through guidance on the care for their children. "It is through this empowerement that the parents are equipped with the skills and knowledge about their children's conditions and disabilities hence learning how to take better care of them," says Jimmy Nyeko, Psychosocial officer, "They have also promised to take good care of the equipment handed over to them."

HIJRA will continue to work in partnership with the parents and care givers to maintain the quality of life of children with disabilities till they are in position to live an independent life free from stigma and discrimination.

Clean Drinking Water in Jaamacadda IDP settlements - Mogadishu

Published on 21 July 2017

DSC03770HIJRA continues to pump hundreds of thousands of gallons of safe drinking water to those most in need in Jaamacadda zone of Hodan district Mogadishu.




Sports for Development and Peace

Published on 18 April 2016

ORUCHINGA, Isingiro, April 18 (HIJRA)- On a dirt field, two teams are battling. It is the final minutes of a friendly match between Oruchinga FC and Nakivaale FC. The crowd is anxious and intently watching the young passionate players attacking each other's goals. 

This may look like a typical football match, but nothing about it is. though the teams are going up against each other, the players share the same; they are refugees.  

For Oruchinga FC players, securing a win in this friendly comes last on all the adversity they have had to overcome in the past years. 

Among the players are Issa Cubujaka and Oliveye. These two, like some of their teammates, are refugees that have been sttled in Oruchinga settlement camp in Isingiro district.  

To survive violence and death in The Democratic Republic of Congo, they fled their homes and their country. After spending a few months in a transit camp, they were relocated to Oruchinga where, HIJRA staff welcomed and helped them and their families get back on their feet throught its various activities and services.  

They have spent 5 years at the Oruchinga settlement camp, and the journey has been long and hard. One of the many challenges Issa and Oliveye have had to face is integrating into the community.  

With different cultures, beliefs and norms, most refugees continue feeling like out siders even when they have settled in a camp. Through its community services programme, HIJRA was able to organise sports games in Football, Volleyball and Netball among the refugees and locals.  

As the games became more frequent, friendships began to grow. "Ever since I started the life of soccer, I have made a big number of friends. Friends I would not have I was not a sports man," Issa explained. 

With growing friendships, progress started to be made. Some locals like Benjamin Byamukama joined Oruchinga FC. Sports had united them.  

"The best thing to unite human beings on this planet in a short period of time is sports," Byamukama agreed. 

Since the Introduction of sports in the process of Community unification, segregation among the refugees and locals has greatly reduced. The refugees have been able to discover new place through exchange visits. Sports has helped them discover their talents, has brought them joy and happiness, and for some, it has been a source of employment. Sports has also been a great tool to promote gender equality in the camp, with women participating in the games too.  

Sports has been a key tool for HIJRA in encouraging development and peace in the Oruchinga settlemnet camp.  

At the sound of the final whistle, the two teams were tied at 2-2. As the sun set behind them, Oruchinga FC walked of the feild together animating the high and tense points of the game.  

For many refugees like Issa and Oliveye, sports has helped them move on from a harrowing past and look into the future with hope an certainity. 

By Maxine Kampire and Martin Ashaba 


HIJRA supports Banadir Hospital - Mogadishu

Published on 17 July 2017

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As a result of the hot season and lack access of safe drinking water, it is a common occurrence to witness acute watery diarrhea in this part of the world.


HIJRA Continues Provision of Hygiene materials In Jaamacadda IDP settlement - Mogadishu

Published on 28 June 2015

Resize of DSC03873Mumina Ali has been internally displaced person in her own country for the last five years. She is currently seeking refuge in Jaamacadda IDPs settlement of Hodan district in Mogadishu with her four children.





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