Bienveni Kazadi, the director at “People’s Peace Outreach Uganda”, helps men, women, and children that live in Kyangwali Refugee Settlement camp. Him and his family reached the camp in 1997, and have been there for the last 15 years.
The people at the camp have suffered a great deal, and still suffer to this day. Daily they struggle with poverty working hard to find food to eat, and having enough resources so the children can get to school. The girls who live in the camp are raped by nationals and men who are also refugees. Often the girls become pregnant by these men, so the girls raise their children without a father, and struggle to meet their needs. There are children living on the streets because both of their parents have died. These children are suffering, struggling to find food and clothes to wear.
The camp is located in Hoima Town, in the city of Kampala, which is in Uganda. Bienveni helps the people living in the camp daily. He diligently works to help them meet their basic needs. The people of Kyangwali Refugee Settlement camp need support from outside sources. Bienveni has asks for our help so he can fulfill his goals to help relieve the suffering of his people, possibly build an orphanage, help to restore homes, or to simply help to save their lives.
Why are people suffering in the Kyangwali Refugee Settlement camp?
- There is an over population of refugees from different countries.
- Child abuse.
- Girl child abuse. (Girls are producing too much without fathers.)
- Children are left on the street and eventually they start using drugs.
- No education for children because their parents in the camp are too poor, so most children in the camp do not go to school.
- Too much famine.
- There are no jobs in the camp.
- There are many conflicts in the camp, and people are killing themselves.
- No counseling in camp on how to live safely.
- No peace groups are in the camp.
The photo above is Bienveni and a girl who lives in their camp who is pregnant by a man who deceived her. She is also taking care of someone else’s child who she is carrying on her back. The child standing next to her is her child. Many children are taken on the street because they have no father, and their mothers are too poor to take care of them. In this photo, Bienveni asked the girl how he could help her, and her reply was for him to simply help her get her child to school.
The above photo is of a road that leads to the camp. As you can see their roads are in poor condition.
In this photo, the boy in the red shirt was explaining to Bienveni how both of his parents died. He also told Bienveni that he cannot afford to go to school, and asked for his help. He gets food to eat by begging from other people.
The photo above is of two orphans who live alone on the streets of the camp. Whatever food they come across to find, they eat, and where ever they can find a safe place to rest is where they sleep. These children were left on the street by their mother who had to go far away and find work.
This above photo is a child who suffers from malnutrition. He is at the verge of having the disease, “Kwashiorkor”. His mother is having another child.
The photo above is of porridge that Bienveni Kazadi made for children.