Emergency funds for LGBTQ refugees in Uganda

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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