Refugee Empowerment

Today, 70 million people around the world are displaced or live as refugees. This number will grow exponentially in the coming years. Foundation has been working to address the crisis of displaced people, deconstructing the humanitarian industrial complex to build a new action-oriented approach properly equipped for the insurmountable challenges that lie ahead.

+ Read More
Nakivale Entrepreneurs are finding local solution to the problems for their refugee neighbors


At 61 years old, Nakivale Refugee Settlement is the oldest continuously operating refugee settlement in Africa, home to more than 100,000 people from at least 8 African nation states. Opened in 1958, the 71-square-mile camp has grown to become a pan-African city in its own right.


In many ways, Nakivale’s rooted presence and open space in Uganda provides the perfect R&D platform for our new empowerment approach. Along with Alight, we have partnered with a local refugee entrepreneur incubator, Opportunigee, to launch new projects and form new alliances. This unified effort combines the resources and knowledge of the international community with the creative ingenuity of Nakivale innovators and entrepreneurs, establishing a new best practices model for inspiring positive change in collaboration with local communities in environments such as Nakivale.


Over the past month, as international and domestic travel has shut down, local leaders in Nakivale have purchased their own vehicles for transporting goods, while local innovators have been building hand washing stations and making protective gear for widespread distribution.

Hand Washing Stations

With hand washing being one of the most critical COVID-19 defense measures to be implemented throughout the world, rural populations throughout Africa and elsewhere have resorted to the use of jerrycans where fixed taps risk spreading infection.

+ Read More

Face Masks

The usage of face masks has become widespread as an effective preventative measure against the spread of COVID-19.

+ Read More

Soap Distribution

Hand washing with soap and water is one of the easiest ways to limit the spread of COVID-19, and an action that most of us have taken for granted.

+ Read More