During the fall of 2018, in the local district of Nakivale, Uganda, we create the first Promise Hub. To prove our model, refine our process and learn valuable lessons to share with our future local Impact Teams, who will spread Promise Hubs around the world.
FACTS ABOUT NAKIVALE
Nakivale Refugee Settlement was established in 1958 and officially recognized as a refugee settlement in 1960 through the Uganda Gazette General Notice No. 19. The settlement is divided into 79 villages with an average of 800 to 1,000 people per village.
Geographically, Uganda is at the center of the African continent. Many of the countries surrounding Uganda are embroiled in conflict or other humanitarian crises, leading refugees from a number of different nations to seek sanctuary within its borders. The population in Nakivale is heterogeneous, hosting refugees largely from Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, and South Sudan.
OUR PROMISE IS MASSIVE AND IT STARTS HERE
The first Promise Hub is located at the heart of Nakivale Refugee Settlement, on a piece of land secured by Nakivale residents. The space is called UHURU, which means “freedom”, and is quickly becoming a place for collaboration, creative expression, and cross-cultural dialogue in partnership with Habitas Rise and to.org.
The Hub is designed in collaboration with the local community and uses recycled plastic bottles as a core building component.
Construction of the Hub is currently in progress, and will be open in Fall 2018.