Emergency funds for LGBTQ refugees in Uganda

Update posted by Nina Poletti On Jul 02, 2019

We have many news in ARSGA. The offline donations we receive from some of you have made it possible to buy enough food for a one worm meal a day for our members in need. We have also been able to release a transgender member who was arrested and financially help the recovery of Aristote, a gay man who was severely stabbed in a homophobic gang attack.

We Also started a beading course for interested members taught by our very talented member Ngoyi. Jewelry beading art has a great potential to bring income both to our individual members and making our work at ARSGA more sustainable in the future.

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Update posted by Nina Poletti On Jun 12, 2019

Aristote, a 22 years old gay refugee from Congo was attacked last week by a group of eight men with knives on his way back home. The mem knew him and told him that they are teaching him to be a real man.
We managed to send him money for medicines and food for the next few weeks to make his recovery quicker and easier.

Please donate through this campaign to help us cover this kind of emergencies.


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Update posted by Nina Poletti On May 31, 2019

While in many countries around the globe the month of June is dedicated to celebrating LGBT pride and rights, in Uganda, where homosexuality is illegal, there is very little celebration. This year we decided to share some of the love and good energies of Pride month with our members. Our international volunteers are visiting prides and asking the people to send them a short note or video with positive messages. We hope that this love will make our members feel happier even in the very hard and limiting situation they live in.


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Update posted by Nina Poletti On May 28, 2019

Today Danna gave a talk in the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), explaining her fellow refugee students about her life as an LGBTQ. This was a very positive event; the students were very supportive and accepting, asking many important questions. They all promised to help protecting LGBTQ people whenever they find them in need, and to pass on this knowledge to others. Today’s talk is part of a series of dialogues ARSGA is running with the aim of building more understanding and tolerance in the refugee community in Uganda to LGBTQ people, making their lives easier and safer.

Thank you very much to Emily Fleitz for organizing this talk.

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Update posted by Nina Poletti On May 23, 2019

Last week, ARSAGA's president, Bibe Kalalu presented our work with LGBTIQ refugees in Uganda in the symposium "Sexual Violence: Advancing the Agenda?"



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Update posted by Nina Poletti On May 14, 2019
LGBTI refugees in Uganda suffer many different forms of discrimination. They are unable to find jobs or even to start the smallest micro initiative; no one would buy anything from them! They are also unable to get any support from their families and neighbours and are literally struggling to survive.
This is a small participatory video a group of Angels Refugee Arsga directed, acted, filmed and edited.
We are working on a series of these little videos which hopefully will help them convince people that they are humenas who deserve help and compassion, like anyone else.LGBTI refugees in Uganda do not have work opportunities. They get very little or no help from the organizations, neighbours or even their families. It is very hard from them to survive in Kampala.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwKQhrjNf5M&t=8s

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Update posted by Nina Poletti On May 11, 2019

Today we met with four LGBTIQ youths who recently joined our organization. Two of them still live at home but their single mothers, as refugees in Uganda, are finding it very hard to provide for them and their brothers. The other two were disowned by their families and are moving from place to place in the city in look for food and shelter. Because of their economic situation, none of the four had the opportunity to complete their school education and they have no jobs.

Next week they will join our group of members who are learning computers twice a week. We will also start teaching them beading so they can sell their products together with the rest of our beading artists to gain enough money to sustain themselves. Soon we will train them in personal security and sexual health. But the most important, we would really like to help them return to school to complete their basic education. Therefore, we promised to start looking for scholarships to pay their tuition.

Please help us fund all these important activities and make the lives of LGBTIQ refugees in Uganda better and safer.


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Update posted by Nina Poletti On May 08, 2019

Yesterday we had a meeting with The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the NGO InterAid about security and health issues of our members. As people who are both LGBTs and refugees, we suffer many discriminations and threats, and the answers received from the authorities are often unsatisfying. We hope that the decisions that were reached during this meeting will help to improve our situation here in Uganda.


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