The opportunity to work and earn a living is one of the most effective ways to help refugees and displaced people rebuild their lives.

With the help of generous donors, Australia for UNHCR has funded several livelihood projects to help refugees make a safe and sustainable living. The latest of these is a Vocational Training Centre in Kyaka II refugee settlement in Uganda.

Kyaka II is home to an estimated 27,000 people from surrounding countries, and over half are aged under 30. After they complete primary and secondary school, further education for these young people is extremely limited. Without vocational skills, employment opportunities remain out of reach and they face long-term dependency on humanitarian aid.

In August 2017, Australia for UNHCR launched an appeal to raise funds to build a Vocational Training Centre in the settlement. Since then, a lot of progress has been made.

Rachael, 18, plans to study at the Australia for UNHCR-funded Vocational Training Centre in Uganda and says 'thank you' to all those who made that possible. ©UNHCR/Thomas Mukoya

National Director Naomi Steer visited the site of the centre in November 2017 and said:

“It’s really exciting to see how much progress has been made. We’re very proud to be part of this project and proud of our Australian donors who have made this a reality.”

Construction of the Vocational Training Centre’s classrooms and student dormitories is well underway. When completed, the centre will become a key hub of the community, catering for young people between the ages of 14 and 30, as well as other keen refugees and locals who have not had the opportunity before to study.

The centre will offer a wide range of trades and services from hairdressing and catering to welding and motor mechanics.

Thanks to Australia for UNHCR’s donors, thousands of young people will achieve self-reliance and build a better future for themselves and their families.

UNHCR promotes the economic inclusion of refugees by advocating for their right to work and providing access to the resources, training and services they need.

Did you know the Vocational Training Centre is part of UNHCR’s new vision for supporting the world’s refugees?
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