Conflict in South Sudan caused an influx of more than 110,000 refugees into West Nile in far Northern Uganda in 2014. AAH Uganda plays a crucial support role for UNHCR and other partners by maintaining a fleet of more than 90 trucks, light vehicles and motorbikes, as well as 20 generators at our workshop in Adjumani. During the emergency, UNHCR and partners were overwhelmed by the huge number of people arriving daily so AAH Uganda stepped up to help relocate more than 90,000 newly arrived refugees from border points to the reception centre and later to the various settlements in Adjumani, Arua and Koboko. Our trucks also transported core relief items including the firewood used to prepare much needed hot meals at reception centres and some 6,000 litres of water in the early days of the emergency, before other partners took over.
In line with our better livelihoods mission, AAH Uganda reintroduced vocational training in motor vehicle mechanics and driving at our mechanical workshop in Adjumani to ease high youth unemployment in the area. Twenty young refugees and Ugandans from the host community are receiving training from qualified instructors. AAH’s experienced senior mechanics also help equip the trainees with practical skills. The modular training follows the national curriculum and includes regular assessment by the Directorate of Industrial Training, a national quality assurance agency. After passing the motor vehicle mechanics module, trainees can advance to motor vehicle driving. AAH Uganda supports the trainees with protective clothing, morning tea and lunch as well as bicycles to provide transport to and from the workshop each day.