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Dignity for New Nakivale Refugees

$34,660 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 64 people in 8 months
Created November 15, 2018
Shadowman Community
on behalf of Joseph Nahmad
Hey, Nachson here in Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda.

Although this is one of the best places in the world for refugees, the conditions in the reception center are unacceptable. This is the "welcome" area for refugees who are fleeing to Uganda, and many have been walking for countless days, across long distances after living through a crisis situation.

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People sleep on the ground.

There are over 1000 children with nothing to do.

There is little to no funding for many basic needs of the newly arrived families.

This is one of the most dire situations we have seen at Nakivale. After witnessing the condition of the dormitories for the new refugees, we felt morally obligated to do something about it. Now.

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Our goal:
- Get everybody who is sleeping on the floor onto a mattress, with a teddy bear
- Provide activities for the children in the one-room school
- Build a proper, safe, and fun playground
(If we exceed the initial goal, there are many other urgent needs to improve lives here. The list is not short and we will update you on our progress.)

Shadowman Van has been working in Nakivale for over a year collaborating with Opportunigee, a self-organized space for refugees by refugees, and have the proper relationships in the camp to act fast. While major organizations are providing many basic necessities, sometimes we need a jolt of quick action to fill essential voids that fall through the cracks of the humanitarian industrial complex. 

As a global initiative, Shadowman cares deeply about culture and community building. In only a few hours, our fellow creative activist @ShrineOn added some much needed spark to this desolate, colorless area (see photo above). A quick and simple action of providing comfort, activities, and a space to play  will go a long way to remedying this inhumane situation.

Shadowman will continue to find innovative ways to create safe spaces that empower people to come into the light, to imagine, express and share with others.  Go to shadowmanvan.org to follow the journey.

- Love and light, Nach


Joseph is a close supporter and advisor of the Shadowman Van team co-created by to.org with a US social security number, and has graciously agreed to withdrawal the funds and send to Nachson Mimran, CEO and Co-Founder of to.org, who has already wired the necessary money directly to our implementation partners in Uganda, You&I Foundation. We've had to move fast to create impact in this vulnerable situation, but all money & purchases have been properly recorded for complete accountability. More photos and personal stories from the children will follow as we continue to share the positive change created from your generosity! Follow along the journey on IG @ShadowmanVan
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Excited to share that 400 mattresses + dozens of teddy bears are being dropped off at the Reception Center! We're also focusing on ground pilot research to assess the needs of the community in order to build a more free and open playground.

The project is being led by our local Creative Activists Bushman, founder of partner You & I Foundation, and Bruno Ruganzu, founder of TEDxKampala. Follow along right now on our IG stories to stay updated with these amazing developments @shadowmanvan.

Have a great weekend, and thank you for being part of this journey.

Shadowman Team
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Truly humbled by your quick action to radically improve the living conditions for new refugees arriving at Nakivale. In just over 48 hours, we raised over $30K. With this we can make sure no one sleeps on the floor, children are comforted with a teddy bear, hire much needed teachers, and co-create a playground to make this tragic situation a little more manageable for the 1000+ who inhabit this camp within the camp.

Our team on the ground in Uganda is already in motion, purchasing the necessary materials to make clean and safe mattresses, and we're making plans with a Ugandan artist and playground expert, researching the best equipment to buy. Shadowman is dedicated to implementing as fast as we can make effective decisions, and promise to be in touch with you along the way.

Your donation is going directly to our local NGO partner, The You and I Foundation, and we're tracking all purchases to assure every dollar goes directly towards implementing this project.

Please reach out with any questions, and follow our journey @shadowmanvan.
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Raised by 64 people in 8 months
Created November 15, 2018
Shadowman Community
on behalf of Joseph Nahmad
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