A remarkable convergence of purpose unfolded on the 23rd of June 2023, as the Raising Gabdho Foundation (RGF) joined hands with urban partners to commemorate the evocative World Refugee Day. Against the backdrop of Old Kampala Secondary School, this day unfurled a mosaic of engaging activities that wove threads of connection with attendees. The air was charged with a palpable energy as vibrant exhibitions painted a vivid tableau of cultures refugees brought with them. The runway came alive with captivating fashion shows, each stride echoing the stories of Ethiopian, Congolese, Burundian, and an array of other national identities. At its core, this event breathed life into the theme of “Hope Away from Home,” a celebration of unity, diversity, and resilience.
Distinguished guests graced the occasion, including notable figures from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM). Their presence spoke volumes about the unwavering commitment of international bodies and government entities in bolstering and uplifting the lives of those seeking solace in new horizons. It was an emblem of solidarity, affirming the collective drive to steer a positive course in the lives of those compelled to seek refuge.
A guiding force throughout the event, RGF extended its unwavering support, empowering its beneficiaries to showcase their creativity and initiatives. The landscape came alive with a vibrant tapestry of showcased products and projects, each an embodiment of the remarkable resilience and inventive spirit of refugee communities. The offerings spanned a spectrum as diverse as the cultures they represented – from groundbreaking green energy solutions and ingenious waste management strategies to the digital realm’s conquest, sustainable urban agriculture, craftsmanship, and the world of fashion. Each creation was a testament to the power of innovation in surmounting challenges.
The ripples of recognition cascaded toward RGF, a nod to its exceptional role within the community and its steadfast commitment to refugees. The organization’s tireless efforts to empower through skill enhancement, entrepreneurship, and sustainability received a resounding applause. By offering a platform for refugees to exhibit their talents and products, RGF not only nurtured their autonomy but also sowed the seeds of pride and belonging in the community soil.
Shouldering a collective vision alongside partners and unwavering supporters, RGF stands at the forefront of the march towards a future illuminated by hope, dignity, and all-encompassing inclusivity for refugees. The canvas of World Refugee Day transformed into a vibrant masterpiece, reverberating with the essence of “Hope Away from Home.” This day bore witness to the remarkable feats achieved by refugees, a testament to their unyielding spirit and determination. It beckons to each of us, urging collaboration in sculpting a world that embraces every individual, irrespective of their origins or circumstances.