"IMPROVING LIVES OF OVER SIXTY THOUSAND PEOPLE DIRECTLY & OVER TEN MILLION INDIRECTLY"
our working pillars
— Community Health
Our goal is to improve and promote quality health services accessibility to vulnerable communities for self-reliance. We intend to achieve this through increasing the level of knowledge on health and health service delivery among hard to reach communities to address the challenge of poor health seeking behavior that is common among our rural communities. Additionally, in collaboration with the government facilities, we provide comprehensive/integrated community based Health Care for hard to reach communities through mobile clinics. We also conduct growth monitoring for children under five through with special focus on immunization and nutrition given the poor attitudes towards immunization and high cases of malnutrition registered in some of the communities served.
Under sanitation and hygiene promotion, we work with existing sanitation entrepreneurs in some of our areas of operation to ensure sustained access to sanitation and hygiene at household level as per the Joint Monitoring Program (JMP) standards.
— Environment & Natural Resources
The huge pressure placed on the environment due to overdependence on biomass for our energy and construction needs has caused a lot of destruction to the forest and vegetation cover in our areas of operation. This has been heightened by the increased population resulting from the influx of refugees into the West Nile sub region that RICE-WN operates in. With a goal of promoting efficient management of natural resources and the environment to achieve sustainable development; we support and sensitize communities to effectively utilize the natural resources around them, adopt use of renewable energy technologies so as to conserve the environment
— Sustainable Agriculture
Given the fact that Agriculture is a backbone for our Country and the main source of livelihood for most rural communities RICE-WN serves, we aim at improving agriculture production for food and income security through equipping farmers with knowledge and skills on the best agronomic practices, extension service provision and increasing access to quality seeds through seed multiplication to improve crop yields. Environmental conservation through tree planting, soil and water conservation techniques is treated as an integral theme. Other cross-cutting aspects such as gender, HIV/AIDS, group dynamics, leadership, record keeping, savings and credit among others form part of the key areas addressed by RICE-WN through the farmer groups reached.
— Skills Development for Income
RICE-WN supports both in-school and out of-school Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) through provision of school fees, basic needs and startup kit to realize their education dreams inform of progression to higher levels of education and economic empowerment for descent livelihoods following completion of skills training. The education support for the beneficiaries is offered through different ways including; formal training institutions, apprenticeship through local artisans, linkage to the Directorate of Industrial Training to obtain a workers PAS and scholarships offered by different institutions
— Integrated Humanitarian Response
Since 2014 to date, RICE-WN has been intervening in the refugee settlements and has amassed a wealth of experience in humanitarian response over time. One of the sectors where RICE-WN stands out is Peace Building which for a long time had been overshadowed by the overwhelming demand of emergency response leaving this area with very few actors deliberately intervening in it. Although more partners have now realized the crucial role peace building plays in delivery of humanitarian interventions and have started integrating it, RICE-WN has already consolidated her expertise in this area with amazing results that has left both the refugee and host communities in areas served demanding for more of such interventions for sustained peaceful coexistence among the refugees themselves and between the refugees and the host communities. Besides Peace building, RICE-WN also intervenes in menstrual hygiene promotion through building capacity of young girls to make Re-Usable Menstrual Pads, environmental conservation through tree planting, waste management and renewable energy promotion through use of energy saving cook stoves and briquettes
What We Care For!
Creating Awareness on COVID-19
Mr. Abia Steven, Representative from CDO’s Office sensitizing the community on COVID-19 at Okavu Trading Centre, Arua
Community distribution of Liquid Soap
Women of Odupi Sub-county receive five litres each of liquid soap
The young Ajal using liquid soap
Ten-year-old Ajal John washes his hands at the tipi-tap WASH facility. This follows good personal hygiene sensitization at his local community
Awareness messages in Lugbara
Ms. Veronicah Wairimu, Communications Officer at RICE-WN sticking a COVID-19 awareness poster and encouraging community members to read.
Life skills development for girls in school
Girls practice hair braiding as one of their core skills for life. This is through funding from Global Fund for Children.
Equipping girls in ICT skills
Girls learn basic ICT skills as part of their curriculum to enhance holistic learning under the GFC, Project.