RICE West Nile supports both in-school and out of-school vulnerable children through provision of school fees, basic needs and startup kits to realize their education dreams inform of progression to higher levels of education and economic empowerment for descent livelihoods following completion of skills training.
We also provide inclusive, quality Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) to establish a strong foundation for lifelong learning targeting marginalized and disadvantages children aged 3-8 years from refugee and host communities.
Environmental protection and Natural Resources;
We support communities to manage tree nursery and woodlots to increase vegetation cover and enhance their capacity to effectively utilize the natural resources around them.
We also promote the use of renewable energy technologies i.e. solar home system and improved cook stoves and we also train the community members to construct improved cook stoves using local available materials so as to conserve the environment. We also train the community on plastic waste recycling where plastic waste is turned in to paver and ventilators. We promote good governance in oil and gas sector and sustainable land use and management for the benefit of the wider community..
In collaboration with government health facilities and partners, we provide a range of free health care services including family planning services, malaria testing and treatment, cervical cancer screening, HIV prevention, testing and care services, key population, Child Day Plus (CDP) i.e. immunization, follow up of pregnant mothers among others through Mobile Health Clinics and Community Dialogues targeting hard to reach and underserved communities.
We work with farmer groups through Enabling Rural Innovation (ERI) Approach to develop value chains for selected enterprises aimed at moving farmers away from subsistence to commercial farming so as to address food and income insecurity. We provide linkages to private sectors to access quality seeds and better markets for their produce. We also promote community based learning centers (Bonga and Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) centers) for out of school adolescents and unemployed youth to learn life skills and Income Generating Activities (IGAs).
Peace Building and Psychosocial Support;
Since 2014 to date, RICE West Nile has been promoted peaceful coexistence among the refugees and host communities through community events such as cultural, sports, dialogues and broadcast of prerecorded peaceful radio programs on peaceful coexistence. Enhanced capacity of local leaders, community peace monitors, cultural leaders, religious leaders and opinion leaders from refugee and host communities on conflict sensitive response, peace building, conflict mitigation and management. We also use the mixed farming group approach for social cohesion and increase land access for farming for refugee.