We are a refugee-led organization founded in 2007.
In 2007, YARID started with 3 young African refugees,
1 soccer ball, and a passion to be their own solution.
We are Young African Refugees for Integral Development (YARID).
For the last 15 years, our work remains centered on community-driven solutions to build up our fellow refugees on a resilient path.
Our core programs support women and youth to learn new skills and start businesses, meet urgent and basic protection needs of refugee families, prepare people to apply for jobs, teach English, equip the next generation with digital skills through ICT training, and support refugee children to gain quality education. Every year, YARID directly serves over 8,000 individuals across Uganda.
At YARID, we believe refugees lead the way in creating solutions to sustain livelihoods and build cohesive communities.
Emergency support, psychosocial counseling, community health workshops, and a referral network of continued support.
English for Adults
English classes for adults bridge the language gap many refugees experience, helping them to integrate into Uganda's English-speaking society.
Women's Empowerment & Livelihoods
Vocational training, Village Savings & Loan Associations, business development support, & life skills workshops.
Research & Advocacy
We represent the refugee voice in the humanitarian space. Generating evidence-based solutions and advocating for refugee rights.
Refugee Workforce Partnership
We provide job readiness training and connect job seekers to job opportunities. The Refugee Employers Network builds pro-refugee places of work and advocates refugees' right to work.
We take what we've learned and we share it with other Refugee-Led Organizations (RLOs) to strengthen their efforts and build resilient communities together.