The You & I Foundation (YAIF) is a Ugandan NGO supporting underserved neighborhoods in Uganda, serving nationals and refugees living in the country. We take a 50-50 approach that spreads our resources and efforts equally among both populations, and we work to bridge cultural divides through exchanges, art, and collaborations. With the support of to.org, we have built a school and community centers in Kyebando Kisalosalo as well as a center in Nakivale Refugee camp; these centers offer tailored programming in each location to address the needs of the community.
The Ghetto Research Lab (GRL) was born from the Ghetto youths who are passionate about improving the environment and wellbeing of society, with a core aim of addressing plastic waste management and organic farming. GRL led our successful prototype to create the first public toilet in the ghetto, made out of bottle brick construction.
Happy Hammy Neighborhood School is a school for orphans and disadvantaged youth, providing free education to 180 students ages 1-13.
In both Kyebando and Nakivale, sports is a common theme that brings the community together. YAIF will be leading an initiative to expand sports facilities in both locations, giving opportunities for local athletes to practice on high quality fields with professional equipment. YAIF will also organize teams and programming around World Olympics Day, extending the opportunity to refugees at Nakivale to participate in a “Refugee Olympics.”
Bottle Brick Building “2.0” will take the lessons we learned from building the first toilet, and replicate the project at a larger scale. The toilets are in high demand in the area, and we wish to restart collecting and making bottle bricks, to then build more structures. We’d also like to explore creating composting toilets, and have been pursuing partnership with experts in this arena.
YourSpace Community Center serves the Kyebando Kisalosalo Ghetto of Kampala with free daily programs including: education about the UN Sustainable Development Goals, vocational training, dance classes, sewing lessons, art, videography, computer instruction, and other skill-based sessions. It also hosts monthly community meetings with the local chairman, and hosts free events for the community. YourSpace serves ~150-200 residents on a weekly basis.
Opportunigee is a Community Center in Nakivale Refugee Camp, run entirely by refugees. It provides entrepreneurship training to its 200+ members as well as cultural gatherings, women’s empowerment programs, and computer literacy. YAIF supports Opportunigee’s programming and also facilitates cultural exchange between residents of Kyebando and of Nakivale.
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