Nakivale Camp Refugee Campaign


We are appealing for your help. Since April 2015, Burundi’s political violence forced over 250,000 of civilians to escape into neighboring countries, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The refugees are still arriving as of March 2018, as the situation in Burundi remains tense and unpredictable.

The UNHCR requested US$175.1 million for the humanitarian response in the region, and has to date received US$7.7 million, or about 4%. It is making an urgent appeal to humanitarian agencies world-wide to help with the gap and mobilizing additional resources for support. With only a fraction funded, there are major problems with the refugees’ access to education, health care, livelihoods, counselling and more.

Smaller charities like ours are mobilizing what they can to help. With this project, we will be able to purchase and distribute food, water, soap, blankets, sanitary napkins, and other basic necessities in the Nakivale camp, currently housing close to 100,000 refugees, many from Burundi.

Nakivale Uganda Refugee Campaign, Project Goal

Our goal is to raise a minimum of $15,000 for the project, and deliver the program starting Sept 3rd , 2018.  The donations of supplies will be delivered to Nakivale camp by the Wings of Hope for Africa volunteer team in Uganda.  We are dedicated to responding to the urgent call for assistance and in-kind donations by the UNHCR, and providing Burundian refugees with the basics of life.

Project Background

With a population of 10,395,931 on a total land area of 27,830sq km, the Republic of Burundi is a landlocked country in the African Great Lakes, region of East Africa, bordered by Rwanda to the north, Tanzania to the east and south, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. Although the country is landlocked, much of the southwestern border is adjacent to Lake Tanganyika. Burundi's capital is Bujumbura.

For decades, Burundi has a complex history of ethnic tension between its Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups and a deep familiarity with traumatic events, including the mass killing of over 200,000 people in 1993, after the assassination of the first democratic elected Hutu president, Melchior Ndadaye. Burundi was trapped in a state of civil war until 2004, after which Julius Nyerere and Nelson Mandela mediated a lengthy and eventually successful movement toward peace. The ARUSHA ACCORDS sealed the peace agreement. Burundi’s contemporary era has brought new institutions to the country, including a more open Constitution, which led to the election of a majority Hutu government in 2005, and hence electing Pierre Nkurunziza democratically in 2005.

In April 2015, Burundi’s President Nkurunziza was controversially nominated by his party for a third term in office. Since then, his supporters and opponents disagreed as to whether it was legal for him to run again. Anti 3rd term demonstrations to protest potential third presidency of Nkurunziza have led to a total chaos: a failed military coup and a government crackdown resulting in hundreds of deaths, wounded, imprisonments, shutdown of all private medias, and a declining social–economic life of the country.

Despite recent high-level efforts to engage the Burundi government, there have not been significant improvements in the security and human rights situation on the ground. The deteriorating economic situation is also a cause for concern and could trigger further displacement.

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Burundi refugees at the Mahama refugee camp, Rwanda. Photo used with permission of International Plan Rwanda (© Plan International)
Adult and children refugees arrive at the camp - Mahama Camp - Wings of Hope for Africa Refugee Campaign.  Photo used with permission of International Plan Rwanda (© Plan International)
Adult and children refugees arrive at the camp - Mahama Camp - Wings of Hope for Africa Refugee Campaign.  Photo used with permission of International Plan Rwanda (© Plan International)
Adult and children refugees arrive at the camp - Mahama Camp - Wings of Hope for Africa Refugee Campaign.  Photo used with permission of International Plan Rwanda (© Plan International)

Project Budget

Wings of Hope for Africa maintains an annual operational budget.  Costs such as transportation, communication, and logistics are absorbed into this budget.  The budget for this campaign is for supply costs only:

  Item Quantity Cost Sponsor
1 Blankets 600 $1000  
2 Soap 280 $800  
3 Sanitary Napkins 80 $500  
4 Clothing for women 100 $2000  
5 Clothing for children 100 $1500  
6 Shoes for children 100 $1000  
7 Shoes for adult 100 $900  
8 transport      
9 rice 200bag $3800  
10 beans 200bag $3500  
TOTAL                                                                  15,000cad  

Project ScheduleJune 15, 2018: Project Start

  • August 15, 2018:Trip preparation
  • September, 2018: Project Delivery

Impact on Families and Children

The impact on the families and children of Burundian refugees in Uganda is great. The implementation of this program is a much needed resource, that will assist in Uganda’s progressive refugee programs and humanitarian aid relief. We hope to help as many families as possible, with the aid we provide in the form of food, goods, and community supports.  Since April 2015 to end of June 2017, Uganda has received 36,278 Burundian refugees, with 3,485 new arrivals in the first half of 2017. Half of the Burundian refugees in Uganda are children.

In Uganda, the families and children of Burundian refugees benefit from a favorable protection environment and receive the same treatment as refugees of other nationalities. In the settlements, refugees are given a plot of land for housing and agriculture and are integrated within the host communities. They also have access to documentation and services such as health care and education, the right to work, freedom of movement, and can access services and assistance through humanitarian aid channels. In urban areas refugees can access Government services. The most vulnerable refugees living in urban settings benefit from targeted assistance.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The project will be run and administered with the assistance of Wings of Hope Africa Foundation in Uganda. With a strong track record of many international aid projects, Wings of Hope is well positioned to monitor and evaluate the program at key points.

Our donations are processed by DonorBox.org, a secure platform for donating and fundraising online.  Donations made by Canadian taxpayers are tax deductible, and a receipt will be issued automatically.  If you have any questions about your donation please contact us at info@wingsofhopeforafrica.ca

About Us

Wings of Hope for Africa Foundation is a Canadian registered non-profit organization based in Calgary, Alberta. Founded in 2011, we are dedicated to improving the quality and value of life of children and families in Burundi, East Africa. Our mission is to relieve poverty by implementing agriculture initiatives, providing basic tools for education, and by aiding with health care provisions and medical supplies to persons in need. We strive to create equal opportunities for everyone and to see the poor uplifted from desperate poverty to joyful self-sufficiency.  

Since 2011, we have successfully completed over 30 projects in Burundi, ranging from education, healthcare, income generation, to disaster relief.  We are committed to complete transparency and excellence throughout all of our activities. 

Media & Press: A downloadable summary of our Mahama Camp Refugee Project is available here (PDF).

Permission to use photos graciously provided by International Plan Rwanda, (© Plan International), with the following disclaimer:

"Plan International Rwanda is deeply committed to realising children’s rights as enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and National Integrated Child Rights Policy– including their rights to protection and freedom from abuse and exploitation. We therefore have an unequivocal child protection policy and zero tolerance to any form of child abuse and exploitation. All who work for us, represent us and visit with us, are expected to abide by our child protection policy and related procedures during their engagement with us. Help us maintain a child safe environment".