Refugees trained on liquid soap production
By Gaaniko Samson
Faith Aid Initiative for Humanity (FAITH) a faith based organisation in Uganda graduated 52 South Sudanese refugee women in liquid soap production.
Rt. Rev. Seme Nigo Bishop of Panyana Diocese who doubled as the chief guest said that the women who acquired the skills were going to change the community through what they have learnt.
He said it was important to train people so that they become self-reliance.
Bishop Seme urged faithful to join hand work training to acquire skills in order to be independent
He added that the women who acquired the skills in liquid soap making had not even stepped in any class room.
Bishop Seme appreciated the government of Uganda for keeping the country peaceful saying without peace South Sudanese women could not acquire such skills
“We much appreciate the host communities for giving the refugees land and the UNHCR for food distribution,” he stressed.
Rev Seme urged the communities to stop the issue of tribalism saying in the camps there is only refugees.
“We need to live out the attitude of fighting in South Sudan because this is refugee settlement,” Bishop Seme stressed.
Emmanuel Mbaraza, Executive Director of faith Uganda and South Sudan said his organization did not work with a particular denomination.
“We do livelihood development training for women and youths, spiritual outreaches and Christian road broadcasting,” he said.
Mbaraza added that the organization was doing a lot in the camps not only training on liquid soap making but also bed sheets making, computer, driving and finical management.
He hailed the government of Uganda through the Office of the Prime Minister for allowing them to operate in the refugee settlement,
“Through our services we are able to empower women and youth in the camps so that they can earn by themselves,” he added
He disclosed that the one year training brought from refugee camps including BidiBidi, Imvepi and Ofua three refugees settlement of Rhino camp
Grace Opani Elioba, representative of the graduates appreciated faith Uganda for giving them such skills saying it has opened their eyes as refugees.
She added that they were able to make liquid soap with the knowledge they have acquired
“What we have acquired will not end here but we will extend to South Sudan and even in the other camps for those who have not got the training