Established in Feb 2015 by young South Sudanese refugees in Uganda – The Young Adult Empowerment Initiative is a nonprofit, youth-led organization that mobilizes young South Sudanese men and women’s actions to become proactive stakeholders and partners in; (1) refugee crisis’ response in Uganda, and (2) recovery processes of Internally Displaced Communities’ across South Sudan, following the Dec 2013 South Sudan’s civil war.
Our founders – are both refugees and former refugees who were born during the Second Sudanese civil war, firmly believe that youth and women empowerment both in the refugees’ camps in Uganda and across South Sudan – through; peacebuilding, skills development, healthcare and other social transformative pathways is critical to peaceful co-existence, resilience and social development in local communities.
Vision & Mission
Why support us: our objectives
We are a team of dedicated individuals, ready to effect and deliver sustainable change to the unprivileged grassroots communities.
To advocate for peace and peaceful co-existence in post conflict communities,
To enhance capacity building programs for self-reliance among the youth and women,
To use education as a response for eradication of illiteracy, ignorance, poverty and inequality,
To provide reproductive health services and health education to ensure healthy and productive population,
Community Empowerment Programs
South Sudanese communities had experienced post independence’s civil wars for nearly three decades which forced them to seek safety and refuge in the neighbouring countries and Western World. The 2013 South Sudan’s civil war erupted before enough time for torn social fabrics to re-stitch and recover. More importantly, its ethnic factor further widened the rifts and fueled more divides among South Sudanese.
Protracted civil wars have left South Sudanese communities – both the refugees and IDPs in an abject poverty and dire humanitarian needs. It strips them of dignity to provide the basic needs to their families and lacking the necessary skills to rebuild their livelihoods. Without capabilities to generate incomes, young South Sudanese men and women are literally, economically obsolete and susceptible to all forms violence.. So, there is an urgent need to develop their skill sets for them to become self-reliant, eradicate poverty and meaningfully contribute to sustainable and better communities.
Following many years of civil wars, there is now an acute shortage of Human Resource for Health (HRH) Professionals across South Sudan. According to the 2011 – 2015 Health Strategic Plan, South Sudan has a total number of 189 physicians, 1,843 nurses, 309 midwives and 269 clinical officers serving nearly 12 million people. There is also an inequitable distribution of this small number of health workers in all the ten states, and between urban and rural areas.