Name of organization:
Summit Foundation (SUFO)
Description of organization:
SUFO works to build the capacity of local youth such that they can engage with government and civil society to strengthen adherence to fundamental human rights, deepen local democracy and expand livelihood opportunities for the poor and vulnerable. The organization was established in 2008 and is based in Northern Uganda.
This project focuses on the enduring conflict over an ambiguous boundary between the Acholi and Langi people, which SUFO notes has played a significant role in preventing a collective and collaborative effort to increase youth empowerment and development in this area of Northern Uganda. Through a youth camp and an exchange internship placement, the ‘Youth For Change!’ project facilitates sharing of knowledge, skills and ideas, and thus helps young people in the region to form a more cohesive identity.
By the end of this project, SUFO expects to:
- Raise awareness of the project in the community through holding public dialogues on the local reconciliation system, peace-building and sub-regional relations with at least 150 people in attendance;
- Launch an essay-writing contest on culture, peace and socio-economic development will be launched, with 50 winners selected to attend the Intercultural Youth Camp;
- Organize a five–day Inter-Cultural Youth Camp on sustainable development, peace and culture;
- Select 30 youth leaders from the camp to undergo exchange visits and 75 days of internship placement to learn from each other’s experiences;
- Facilitate for all 50 youth from the camp to participate in a one day exhibition to showcase business and other socio-economic opportunities, as well as attending a half-day leadership fair for strengthening local democracy, cultural awareness and peace; and
- Train 30 journalists on ethical reporting of social and economic opportunities in the Acholi and Langi regions in order to reach a larger audience from the public at large.
Job Collins Okello and Lanyero Paska Otto
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