HIJRA Executive Director, Mr. Dahir Mohammed Monitors Uganda Programs July, 2018

The Executive Director, for Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA) took a two weeks visit to Uganda from 16th – 30th July 2018 to monitor Programs in Uganda. The Director who was accompanied by the Operations Manager, Mr.  Jimmy Barasa and Mr. Farah Shariff met all HIJRA staff and volunteers in Nakivale, Kyangwali and Oruchinga Refugee Settlements. These further visited the Matanda Transit Center in Kanunugu and Kabazana Reception Center in Nakivale that are managed by HIJRA and receive asylum seekers to support them go through the asylum process, settle  and cope after being granted asylum in Uganda

HIJRA Uganda is the lead Protection Partner for UNHCR and Uganda Government that supports various Sectors and activities under Protection and Community Based Protection, Water and Sanitation (WASH) and Livelihood and infrastructure Development and Maintenance

The Director observed the key program activities completed and in progress that include;

Construction works of a motorized borehole in Oruchinga Refugee Settlement which has facilitated access to piped water to refugees and host communities in Isingiro Ditsrict, Construction and maintenance of shelter, water and sanitation facilities in Matanda Transit Center in Kanuugu District and Kabazana Reception Center in Nakivale Isingiro District enabling new asylum seekers access shelter, WASH services and meals.

Further monitored was the Construction of a 23.85 Km road in Kyangwali Refugee Settlement to facilitate easy access to the settlement. The road connects various villages of Kasonga, Maratatu B, Kavule and Mombasa to partner offices and host communities in Hoima District

The Director also monitored the Livelihood Projects in Oruchinga Refugee Settlement in Isingiro District that are implemented with the support of UNDP in Oruchinga Refugee Settlement. The projects have seen refugees and host communities skills in climate smart agriculture built enabling them to establish back yard vegetable gardening, tree planting and a buffer zone to protect Lake Oruchinga and fish farming. In his visit, the Director observed the groups were guided on a culture of saving by forming saving schemes where they save regularly which generates funds for loans to members at a minimal interest. The Livelihood Projects have seen the nutrition of families improve and household income increase with various refugees and host community members diversifying their livelihoods through engaging in business such as sell of produce, small scale shops, fish farming and soap making.

During the meetings with staff and volunteers, he pointed out that “Wash is HIJRA’s niche as is Protection”. He emphasized that HIJRA has a firm grip when it comes to implementation of WASH and protection activities and thus has high expectations from the team in these areas. He also pointed out that staff Capacity building is very essential for effective project management and Management planned trainings for teams in various areas which will in turn facilitate better planning, implementation and monitoring of projects.

The Director appreciated the great work done by the team but noted various staff welfare concerns such as limited office space, equipment and furniture along with an overwhelming workload to the teams. He pledged more support to the teams and urged them to prioritize even further given the limited resources for the unlimited needs.

He said; “I am touched by the overwhelming workload of the team and needs the teams have on the ground but their resilience and commitment to serve persons of concern”

The Director further paid courtesy calls to UNHCR Sub Offices in Hoima and Mbarara and the Office of the Prime Ministers Field Offices along with the President’s Office in Isingiro District. These pointed out the good work HIJRA was doing and specifically the good relations that they have with other partners and collaboration that has seen joint implementation of programs thereby making them of better quality. They appreciated the quality programs that the organization undertook and urged them to increasingly target host communities.

The Director officially opened a two (02) day M&E SURE training for HIJRA managers and officers in Hoima and Mbarara that was facilitated by Mr. Jimmy Barasa. This will see staff more knowledgeable, proficient and comfortable with planning, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of the projects in turn making the Organizations’ transparency and accountability mechanisms of the highest quality.

 

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