The refugee-led organization African Youth Action Network (AYAN) was founded in June 2015 in Uganda by young South Sudanese refugees and is currently registered in South Sudan and Uganda.
AYAN was supported by UNHCR in 2016 and 2017 through the Youth Initiative Fund (YIF) to train young refugees and host community youth in peace building and conflict resolution focusing on emotional intelligence and self-awareness in Uganda. At AYAN, we believe that the youth is well positioned to organize and participate in promoting a movement of sustainable peace through positive, non-violent, community-building activities, training, mentorship and community outreach programmes in the Great Lakes Region and other volatile parts of Africa. AYAN has furthermore reached out to adolescents and young people below the age of 35 in refugee settlements and urban centres to address the consequences of conflict and violence experienced by youth in the Great Lakes including stress and psychosocial trauma.
AYAN has helped in identifying young refugee students from poor families who could not afford secondary education to be enrolled under the Windle Trust Education Scheme in 2016 with support from the UNHCR country Office in Uganda as AYAN’s members believe that illiteracy is one of the major causes of conflict in South Sudan.
The organization engages in dialogues with community leaders, youth, and church leaders to settle dispute in the refugee hosting areas and help communities that have experienced the conflict in South Sudan to work together with a view to empower each other, enhance our self-reliance and equip us to contribute to creating conditions conducive to return and recovery.
Furthermore contributing to enhance refugees’ self-reliance, AYAN members train young refugee youth in making shoes and editing videos, enabling them to make a living in the refugee settlement through selling the sandals, other shoes and editing videos for other people in the communities.
AYAN’s vision is to live in peace, offering youth opportunities to participate in peace-building processes and empower each other, contribute to the socio-economic development of their community and to engage in activities around them.
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