FAQ About Resettlement
Updated: May 24, 2019
Many times we get a lot of questions on how we actually do resettlement here in Uganda. So, we wanted to take a bit of time and answer some of the frequently asked questions of our Resettlement program.
WHO DO YOU RESETTLE?
Right now, our resettlement program is focused on individuals and families that were directly displaced during the LRA insurgency. We have programs in Acholi Quarter - a slum in Kampala where many people from the northern region of the country ran to for safety during the insurgency. We help families from that community return back to their home villages in the north.
DO YOU RESETTLE PEOPLE OUTSIDE OF UGANDA?
No. Our resettlement program is only for families that were internally displaced during the war from northern Uganda.
HOW DO YOU CHOOSE WHO TO RESETTLE?
Technically we don't "choose" who to resettle. Families in Acholi Quarter come to us and request our support to resettle back home. We have established relationships within the Acholi Quarter community and many know us as an organization that assists families resettle back to their homes. Our Resettlement Program is strictly voluntary. We don't force anyone to return home. The families must come to that decision first and then come to us for assistance.
DON'T FAMILIES THAT WANT TO BE RESETTLED HAVE TRAUMA DUE TO THE WAR?
We require any family or individual that wants to be resettled to complete our Trauma Counseling Program. This is a core program and we want to ensure that those we resettle have healing from the trauma and wounds of war.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A FAMILY ASKS I LIVE AGAIN TO BE RESETTLED?
There are a few steps that we take when a family comes to us requesting resettlement.
1. We make sure they have completed the Trauma Counseling Program.
2. We do an assessment of their village/family back home.
This means we plan a visit with them back to their village. We want to make sure that their relationship with their family back in the villages is healthy and that the community wants them to return. We also need to make sure that they have land to start life again back home.
3. We ask the Family and Community in the village to be a part of the resettlement.
It is critical to us that those we help resettle back home are not dependent upon us. We want to see the family members back in the village seeking and providing ways to take care of their family members that were displaced during the war. It is important to us to see the family and community in the village step up and share with those being resettled into their community. This can come in many forms. Sometimes community and family members will provide a home to stay in while the resettled family works to build a new one, crops for food support as they settle, goats, cows, assistance to help them clear land for planting food, plots of land to build a home and plant food and the list can go on. We don't ask for specific things we just let the family and community know that those being resettled are part of THEIR family and that their success and progress as they return back home is only with their unified support.
4. We make sure that essential needs of the family are going to be met.
We make sure that there are local medical clinics, schools for the children and clean water sources available for the resettled family.
5. A date is chosen to be resettled.
Once we see that the village and community members will welcome the family to be resettled back home and that it is a safe environment in the village we talk with the resettled family about the best time for them to be resettled.
6. The family is resettled!
We provide transportation for the family to be resettled back to their home! We pack up the vehicles with all that we can carry with the family and make the way back to their village.
7. We provide start up materials.
Every family that we resettle is different. Each family we resettle may have different needs and we work hard to tailor our support to meet the needs of every family.
Generally, this is what is usually given when we resettle a family:
-building of a new home
-food support for the first 4 months
-seeds for planting food and other crops for selling
-household items such as mattresses, pots and pans, basins, soap, cooking oil, etc.
-a new toilet
-jerricans and basins
-education support for children and youth in the first year of resettlement
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A FAMILY IS RESETTLED?
The first year of a family being resettled is the most challenging. There are a lot of changes for the family. Most families have lived in Acholi Quarter for more than 15 years. Adjusting from the slum to life in the village is difficult especially for children and youth. Within the first 3 months our team make sure to go and visit the resettled family to see how they are progressing and to assess and encourage them where there are challenges.
WHAT HAPPENS IF A RESETTLED FAMILY IS STRUGGLING?
We know that the changes and challenges of resettlement can be hard on a family. Our team makes sure to follow up with visits and are always just a phone call away if things become difficult. Situations like climate cannot be controlled. Sometimes, when the rain was suppose to come to help crops grow we get calls because of lack of food and progress in farming. In those situations we provide additional support. We don't want families to regret their choice to resettle back home so we make sure we do all we can to encourage and support families especially in their first year of resettlement.
DOES YOUR TEAM BUILD THE HOMES FOR A RESETTLED FAMILY?
Sometimes we do! We love to be hands on with the support we give to a family being resettled. Many times our team have helped build homes, dug holes for toilets, carried bricks for building, carried water for mixing cement and the list can go on. We have even helped families plant their first crops in their gardens. We want to see the families thrive in their village. However we can help them succeed after so many years of war and displacement we will!
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO RESETTLE A FAMILY?
It costs $3800USD to help a family once displaced by war be resettled back home to their village. This includes education support for children and youth in their first year of resettlement.
CAN I SUPPORT A FAMILY RESETTLE BACK HOME? CAN I COME AND MEET THE FAMILY?
You sure can! We are urgently in need of support for families that want to be resettled back home. You can donate through the website and if you want to come and even be a part of their resettlement process, help build the home or plant some crops we would welcome you to be a part of it!
If you would like to help a family resettle back home after war click on the DONATE button at the top of this page. With your support we can restore life for individuals and families after war.