ADRA Partners with World Food Program to Help Feed 85,000 Refugees in Uganda

SILVER SPRING, MD, June 19, 2018 — Thousands of refugees in Uganda will receive food assistance, thanks to a recent cooperation established between the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), the World Food Program (WFP) and the Government of Uganda, through the Office of the Prime Minister.

The partnership, agreed upon in June 2018, will allow ADRA to provide food for more than 85,000 refugees currently settled in the district of Kamwenge, western Uganda. An influx of refugees is reported to increase as long-standing conflicts have forced many citizens from the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan to cross over the Uganda border. An estimated total of 1.3 million refugees have remained in the neighboring country, according to a UNHCR 2017 report.

“As a strong supporter of partnerships, this collaborative effort between ADRA and WFP is good news for the refugees in Uganda faced with the shortage of food, and is a strong testament that ADRA Uganda’s intervention efforts are being recognized,” says Imad Madanat, vice president of programs for ADRA International.

Since 1987, ADRA has forged a positive presence in Uganda creating long-standing relationships with up to 15 districts in Uganda. As a result of its deep-rooted network, ADRA collaborated with the WFP in food distribution between 1998, 2000, 2010, 2011, and again this year. ADRA has also been promoting school gardening initiatives in several refugee settlements, including Rwamwanja, Adjumani and Bidibidi to help boost school feeding initiatives in select refugee hosting schools.

“ADRA is committed to supporting the Government’s work to achieve sustainable development goals. This newly signed partnership with WFP will enable ADRA to address the causes of food insecurity and malnutrition and also help improve the social-protection system of refugees and host communities,” says Charles Ed II Aguilar, country director of ADRA in Uganda. “One of the strategic outcomes that WFP has focused on is to see smallholder farmers, especially women, in targeted areas have enhanced and resilient livelihoods by 2030. ADRA is committed to meeting this strategic outcome,” he explained.

With additional food needs that will be met through WFP’s assistance, ADRA Uganda will help provide nutritious meals daily for a year, and cash support aimed at helping the refugees generate income.

“ADRA Uganda has committed to a long-term presence in Kamwenge,” Aguilar says, “and plans to implement a range of livelihoods development interventions such as capacity building of refugees to operate kitchen/backyard gardens to grow crops and sustain food to support their families and also support in protecting the environment by planting 10,000 fruit trees.”

This press release was written by Kimi-Roux James and provided by ADRA. It originally appeared on their website. Photo (courtesy of ADRA): ADRA Uganda staff visit and observe one of the WFP food distribution points at Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement.

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I applaud the efforts of ADRA Uganda on behalf of refugee persons and their emphasis on cooperation with similar organizations to accomplish this wonderful humanitarian goal to help persons at the point of their need.
My question remains though, where are similar humanitarian efforts to help refugees and their families right now when we need them in Central American countries and in the US during this immediate crisis. Children should not be separated from their families. They should not be used as political pawns in this
Stephen Miller/John Kelly/Donald Trump campaign to get funding for a wall most persons do not want and Mexico will never pay for it.
The Sounds of Political Silence by humanitarian and civic leaders who choose not to get involved or speak out on behalf of our children is deafening! Paul Simon wrote many years ago Sound of Silence, it speaks to us today.
People talking without speaking. People hearing without listening. People writing songs that voices never shared.
Some in the Adventist church populous,are unwilling to take a stand against this evil immigration policy implementation that splits families up… A sort of “don’t rock the boat” mentality prevails, saying in effect, no one dared disturb the sound of silence.

It is with pleasure I see how the ADRA, an Adventist, charity program has united with World Food Program, headquartered in Rome. Recently the Pontiff delivered a speech to the executive board of the United Nations World Food Programme in Rome (Catholic Herald, June 2016)

Now I wish our local churches could follow the lead of ADRA and Adventist Health Systems who have partnership with Catholic Health Systems. Maybe our local church and Conferences would be benefited by uniting with the Baptist or the Catholics. We could hold joint services and join forces to bring religious values to our communities. If ADRA and AHS find it beneficial to unite with organizations that do not share our values such as Sabbath observance and EGW as a prophet–so the local church should no problem with creating joint boards with the local Catholic church. Why Not?