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Local NGO, iProfile Foundation, in partnership with the US Mission Uganda, has launched a new initiative aimed at empowering the Somali refugees living in Uganda. On Wednesday, they officially opened a community school in Kisenyi, Kampala called Hope Hub which offers vocational education to the Somali community.
Hope Hub is indeed a beacon of hope to the refugees and was welcomed with overwhelming support from the Somali community. With less than a month since its inception, they have already admitted over 100 students with more individuals continuing to show interest in enrolling for the different programs offered every passing day.
According to Omar Ali, the chairman iProfile Foundation, the hub equips students with life skills and knowledge needed to easily integrate with the local community and also make a living for themselves.
“We are helping Somali people who are now living in Uganda to integrate into the local community,” he said. “We are taking baby steps, and hopefully in future we will include Luganda lessons on our curriculum.”
Hope Hub currently offering six classes which include knitting, make-up, ICT, photography, henna art and English lessons which are conducted daily from Monday to Saturday.