RICE West Nile was founded in 2004 with the aim of empowering rural people for self-reliance. It all started by the founder members reflecting on the recurring and rampant question they always faced when they came back from school; “What have you brought for us?” the founders interpreted this question as need to do something that can enable the communities to be self-reliant rather than wait for aid from others. Starting from humble beginnings, RICE West Nile is an indigenous NGO head-quartered in Arua City with a mandate to operate in any part of Uganda. RICE West Nile has two program coordination offices in Moyo and Arua districts of West Nile sub region with interventions covering 9 districts of West Nile sub region including Pakwach, Madi-Okollo, Arua, Terego, Koboko, Yumbe, Moyo, Obongi and Nwoya District in Acholi sub region.
Our key beneficiaries include; vulnerable children, adolescents, youth, vulnerable adults (women and men), persons living with HIV, Key population, persons with disability in heard to reach and underserved communities in refugee and host within a refugee setting, and communities located outside refugee settings
RICE West Nile employs the bottom-up and holistic empowerment approach that is community led, focusing on individual behavior change amongst vulnerable communities and groups for sustainable livelihood transformation. Some of the approaches we use include Enabling Rural Innovation (ERI), Village Saving and Loan Associations (VSLAs), Community Managed Tree Nurseries, Community Events (cultural, sports, street talk shows, dialogues) on peaceful coexistence, Mobile Health Clinics and Gender Action Learning System (GALS) among others.We deliver grassroots programs i.e. capacity building for grassroots structures and leaders in some of the hard to reach and underserved areas in collaboration with local governments, other CSOs, CBOs, NGOs, religious and cultural leaders to enhance capacities at both institutional and beneciary community levels for inclusive and effective service delivery. We strongly believe in partnerships and networking to achieve our objectives since we contribute and complement the work of government and other development actors in realizing the set broader development agenda at national and international levels.
Community Health, Environmental protection and Natural Resource, Communication Education, Resilient livelihood, Peace Building and PsychoSocial Support
Gender Gender is a key cross cutting theme we integrate in our programs. RICE West Nile economically empowers women through Enterprise Development Grant to build assets and take leadership roles in strengthening household resilience
- 1- Prestigious SEAL of Quality Execellence Award as Gold Winners for the best local NGO by West Nile Quality Brands Awards 2022/2023.
- 2- Certificate of recognition for the best partner in the financial year 2020/2021 by Itula Sub County Obongi District
- 3- NGO Quality Assurance Cerificate 2019 - 2024 by NGO Quality Assurance Mechanism
- 4- Certificate of recognition for distinguished service in promoting Environment and Natural Resource Utilization by The United Nations Systems in Uganda 2018.
- 5- NGO Quality Assurance Cerificate 2014 - 2019 by NGO Quality Assurance Mechanism.