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A New Normal in Adjumani



What a great organization that not only gives refugees a place to stay, but also helps them develop life skills that will lead to “a prosperous and peaceful life”.

Voices from the Field

When Canadian Lutheran World Relief made a decision to renew its program emphasis on refugees it was resolved to go beyond the mere warehousing of people fleeing war, famine or economic calamity. CLWR is determined that under its watch, refugees will have the opportunity to develop skills and assets so whether they return to their homeland or emigrate to another country, they would have the skills to live a prosperous and peaceful life.

I saw this strategy in action while visiting the Adjumani settlement for South Sudanese in Uganda. Rather than one large “camp” the population is spread among eight smaller settlements in which the Lutheran World Federation staff cares for more than 93,000 people.

60% of this population is under the age of sixteen. School construction is taking place everywhere and in a variety of ways using locally produced red brick, lumber and metal buildings and even schools in a…

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