You can transform the lives of thousands of young refugees.

Kyaka II refugee settlement in Uganda is home to 27,000 people from surrounding countries, including many young refugees who have fled from conflict and famine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Once the youth finish primary or secondary school, they can find themselves at a dead end. Young girls may be forced into sex work or early marriage, and boys can be forced into becoming child soldiers.

But you can help build a better future for thousands of young refugees.         

With your help Australia for UNHCR will build a Vocational Training Centre in Kyaka II refugee settlement to help thousands of young refugees achieve self-reliance and build a future for themselves and their families.

"Refugees have skills, ideas, hopes and dreams. They are tough, resilient and creative, with the energy and drive to shape their own destinies, given the chance."
Filippo Grandi, UN High Commisioner for Refugees

Sustainable Development Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. UNHCR works to give refugees access to schools and skills training, with Australia for UNHCR funding projects directly. 

For many young women like Grace, 19, the only options are early marriage or a life of poverty.

Grace's dream.

Grace was at school when militia attacked her Congolese town ten years ago. She escaped through a classroom window and found her sisters but their father - their only parent - was missing.

The children fled to Uganda and, with UNHCR'S help, were reunited with their dad. Now, at the age of 19, Grace has reached a dead end. There are no opportunities in Kyaka II for her to learn a trade and find a job.

Grace's dream is to become a hair dresser with her own salon.

"With my business, I could help support my sisters with school fees," she says. "I could buy books, clothes, food and medicine so we don't have to feel like beggars."

You can help Grace realise her modest dream. Your gift today will transform all of her tomorrows and empower her to make a better life for herself and her family.

 Give your gift to support young refugees today


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Get the facts about our impact

Protection Protection Protection
Reuniting Families Reuniting Families Reuniting Families
Safe Places Safe Places Safe Places
Counselling Counselling Counselling

Providing Protection

Children and families fleeing violence, war, disaster or persecution can be very vulnerable. UNHCR supplies displaced people with essential items, food and shelter to protect them from having to make dangerous decisions to survive. On a larger scale, UNHCR negotiates safe passage, asylum spaces and humanitarian access, upholding the rights of refugees and minimising the threat of violence, including sexual assault.

Reuniting Families

Families often become separated during forced displacement and flight. UNHCR makes use of registration data to locate separated family members and reunite them where possible. UNHCR also works with its partners to share information between refugee sites and provide safe accommodation and psychosocial support for unaccompanied and separated children.

Providing Safe Places

UNHCR operates safe spaces for the most vulnerable refugees for child and family support, providing child services, play areas and counselling. Children travelling alone are given special support and safe accommodation while UNHCR staff search for their relatives or carers. For displaced girls, safe spaces in refugee camps are essential for preventing abuse and exploitation. LGBTI refugees are also offered safe spaces to protect them from harm and discrimination.

Providing Counselling

Displacement due to horrific violence, armed conflict, persecution, or disaster puts significant psychological and social stress on children, individuals, families and communities. UNHCR provides counselling to refugee populations to address trauma arising from displacement. These services are particularly vital for survivors of torture and of sexual and gender-based violence.

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