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Children Friendly Space - Palorinya Settlement, Uganda

The Palorinya Settlement is a refugee camp located in north-western Uganda's Moyo District.  It was originally established in 2006 to host refugees from neighbouring South Sudan and today is home to some 180,000 displaced South Sudanese people.

Approximately 61% of the refugees in the Palorinya Settlement are boys and girls aged between 0-17 and of this percentage, a high number are unaccompanied or separated children who require tailored protection and support.

The New Child-Friendly Space (CFS) in Moyo, Uganda

The settlement's official schools work in shifts with hugely overcrowded and under-staffed classes and children either having a morning or an afternoon session, including lunch. Lack of facilities often means classes are held under trees and are therefore affected by bad weather. The inability of the schools to provide extra-curricular activities or vocational training has led to the disillusionment of many adolescents who tend to drop out of school aged 14. Life in Palorinya Settlement remains very hard, with limited access to basic healthcare, adequate nutrition, income-generating activities and a lack of sustainable energy and sources.

COHRP has partnered with charity IsraAid to build and run a Child Friendly Space located close to the Laropi Embankment, a 30 minute drive fom Moyo Town. This centre will provide 200 children a day, aged 4-13, with holistic services to supplement their half a day of formal schooling. The main goal of the CFS is to support the education and survival skills of children through therapeutic activities with educational value, conducted in a safe, child friendly and stimulating environment.  The center provides a first response to children’s needs and an entry point for working with their affected communities.

The center will be open from 9 am - 5 pm, six days a week, and children can drop in for as long as they (and their parents) would like. The programs offered include the following subjects:  basic literacy and numeracy, the languages  include: English, Kiswahili, Arabic, French, Kuku, Madi, and other tribal languages. Children will also be offered access to arts and crafts, martial arts and drama, dance and sports.

The CFS will be modelled on an already up-and-running center an hour's drive from the new location that is also coordinated by IsraAid. COHRPis funding the building of the new CFS and will provide ongoing funding to cover the salaries of 18 staff members, 15 of whom are recruited from the refugee community, as well as resources for the children and all other running costs.

The building of the CFS has started this month and should be completed by the end of July 2019. We will be updating this page shortly with photos of the construction and hope to join the celebrations at the opening ceremony.

For more information, contact Natasha.