Over 100,000 people from a dozen African nations live in the Nakivale Refugee Settlement. Opened in 1958, the 71 square-mile camp has become a city in its own right. In many ways, it’s more peaceful and better organized than the places the exiles fled from. But with little to do as they wait for re-settlement, often for years, the asylum-seekers can benefit from inspiration.
Boy watches soccer match in Nakivale
Main Water Source at Nakivale Lake
Open Fields Surround Nakivale
Refugee Opportunity Hub
Some in Nakivale have recognized the potential around them. Opportunigee is a self-organized space where refugees help each other meet immediate needs and reach for long-term goals. Collaborating with Shadowman, founder Patrick Muvunga Trickpa and his team are providing necessary inspiration and support.
We help people to get used to identifying challenges in this community, and with their passions they create solutions to those problems.
Patrick, founder of Opportunigee
Opportunigee Incubation Hub
The Grounds of Opportunigee
Dance Lessons at Opportunigee
Communal Space For All
Originally fostered by the Social Innovation Academy (SINA), Opportunigee is now using the SINA empowerment framework in collaboration with Shadowman to create stable programming within Nakivale, which includes:
* Tutorials in sanitation, hygiene and water conservation.
* Instruction in making clothes, including knitting sweaters for newborns.
* Guidance in making and distributing sanitary pads.
* Education in higher-yield sustainable farming.
* Coaching for microfinance candidates developing business concepts.
* Photography and filmmaking lessons — giving refugees the tools to tell their own stories.
* Dance and yoga instruction.
* Soccer and basketball programs.
Sewing Station at Opportunigee
John Learning Compost Farming Methods
Basketball Lessons at Nakivale
Constant Music Throughout Opportunigee
The Rise of Shadowman
Opportunigee has also partnered with Habitas|RISE to build Uhuru Land, an amphitheater for performances, film screenings, sports telecasts, cultural gatherings and community discussion. With a music festival forthcoming, Uhuru Land is quickly becoming Nakivale’s pulsing town square with additional energy provided by Promise Hub. Nearby you’ll find a replica Shadowman Van, assembled by residents with recycled plastic bottle bricks. It all adds up to a vibrant demonstration of the hope that people can find in themselves.
I’m doing poetry to change peoples lives, to give them hope. It’s also a way for me to generate money to sustain the Nakivale Futbol Academy and my life as a refugee.
The Community of Nakivale Shadowman Van
Shadowman Made from Bottle Bricks
The latest of Shadowman in Nakivale
Songa performing his poetry at Opportunigee