Recently, our first-ever stakeholder meeting in BidiBidi Refugee Settlement took place. In October 2021 we launched our LAB UGANDA Community Music Project within the settlement, in partnership with the German non-profit organisation MUSIC Connects. To uphold our pillar of community empowerment we also set up an outreach programme for the host community of Yumbe, so that the local children and youth can participate; this outreach programme is called Yumbe Community Outreach (YCO). LAB UGANDA is a truck fully equipped with a recording studio and a fold-down stage. Every week 36 Music Education and Life-Skills Training sessions are delivered with the LAB by six Brass for Africa Music and Life-Skills Teachers to each Zone within BidiBidi Refugee Settlement (1-5), with an overall reach of 107 girls and 300 boys. The truck was manufactured through the financial support of the German government, and the rolling out of the programme is being supported by the UNHCR.
Some of the partners present at the meeting included: UNHCR, the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), the International Rescue Committee (IRC – the UN’s partner responsible for protection within the settlement), and the District Community Development Officer. We also involved FCA (Finn Church Aid) because they manage the education sector within the settlement.