Global Refugee Awakening through organic poultry farming for self-reliance and self-dependency in Uganda

We empower refugees in Uganda with self- reliant and supportive projects majorly organic poultry farming through our four phase model.

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  • English

Organization name

Sycamore Green Relief

Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Start-Up (a pilot that has just started operating)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $50k - $100k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 500 - 1,000

Organization type

  • Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector

Secondary Focus Area

  • Rural development

Headquarters location: Country

  • Uganda

Headquarters location: City

Kampala- Uganda

Location(s) of impact

Uganda 1: Kyangwari Refugee settlement-Hoima district Uganda 2: Rwamwanja Refugee settlement- kamwengye district

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Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

Canaan Global Refugee Village Awakening seeks to address the problem of 1.874million registered stateless, unemployed and dependent vulnerable refugees and internally displaced persons(IDPs) in Uganda through a self reliance model of organic poultry farming for the production of organic egg powder and calcium hence creating employment opportunities and improving standards of living of the majority women and children in refugee settlements and IDPs.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

Global Refugee Village Awakening through its organic poultry rearing four phase model involves mobilization and selection phase, Training in mindset change, group dynamics, good agronomic practices, and financial literacy, Support phase which involves providing of 1000 layers birds, construction of advanced poultry house, water tank(3000litres) and poultry feeds for the first 6 months, Production and monitoring by a professional extension service provider, Value addition/ Marketing phases where production of Egg powder and calcium, packaging and marketing both locally and internationally sums up the proposed solution to dependency and vulnerability of the refugees and internally displaced persons in Uganda. this will provide employment oppotunites to the majority women and youth and improve on the better standards of living. This program is run under the slogan of refugee inclusive participation and self reliance as bonds that lust for generational transformation and development.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

The project has greatly impacted on the lives of 612 refugees to become self reliant through the refugee awakening project, of which 304 are female, 187 are youths and 121 men. These are Congolese, South Sudanese and Burundian refugees in Kyangwari and Rwamwanja refugee Settlements. Through our training phase in mindset change, good agronomic practices, financial literacy and environmental conservation through waste management and recycling and skill development that are attractive and simplified towards self reliance like briquette making. Out of these training, 10 groups of 10 households have been selected and each supported with 500 layers birds per group, constructed for them poultry houses, feeds for 6 months and monitoring and supervision by our extension service provider. 322 jobs have so far been created to the youth and women under this project and its value chain. Four training have been conducted in internally displaced camps according to our model of training.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

Our program in refugees has been 42% supported by the organization's partnership with other stakeholders like the office of the prime-minister department of refugees in Uganda, Samaritans purse international and a Canaan global leadership center in partnership with CAPIDA Uganda. Through market and value addition phase, each farm will be producing 73% laying rate that will make the constant supply of eggs for making egg powder and calcium. Sycamore will be self sustainable through reinvesting the profits from the production of egg powder, calcium once it has been dully promoted on the local market since most of the egg powder is imported.

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

Our project awakens refugees through our our four phase model of mobilizing and training in basic mindset change, good agronomic practices, group dynamics, VSLAs, and financial literacy, then they are supported with the project's core project of poultry inputs,ranging from layers birds, feeds,water tanks, and organic feed makings,poultry houses, monitoring and supervision and value addition to make egg powder and calcium which is a new innovation to support refugees to become self reliant.

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

I was born a refugee and grew up as one up to the age of 5years in 1996 when my parents were naturalized in the host community in South Western Uganda. With the entire dependency syndrome on the relief and Aid in terms of food and nutrition, shelter, clothes, education and medication among the refugees, awakened my parents to have a long-term vision for self-dependency. Having worked closely with WFP in Ugandan refugee settlements from 2014-2016 this gave a chance of meeting some of the old young friends whom we up together in the camp who had desperatly lost hope in their lives that tormented me to look for the solution to this dependency syndrome heading to desperecy in life hence coming up with an idea of a self-reliant and supportive organization (Sycamore Green Relief), refugee owned to awaken them and embrace the self-supportive programs that will employ majority of the refugees.

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Good Agronomic training by one of our facilitators in Rwamwanja settlement.


4 month layers birds at Rwenyawawa refugee organic poultry group in Kyangwari.


poultry chicks at one of the beneficiaries of organic poultry farming in Rwamwanja refugee settlement.


Certifying Nyamiganda refugee youth group upon their waste management and recycling training through briquette making in Kyangwari refugee settlement

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Photo of Mouhamadou Moustapha Seck

Very inspiring work. When you see the chaos in which the world is today because of the refugee problem, there is no way you can not congratulate and support your work. For anything, I make myself available.