“My Motivation is to live and work together for self-development as refugees.”
Richard Tumwesigye is a project manager of the St. Patrick’s Refugee Center in the Kyanwali Resettlement Kikuube District, a major project by SPACID. This center hosts refugees from neighboring war-torn countries such as South Sudan, DR Congo, Rwanda, and Burundi, with many faiths, nationalities, and languages. The center lacks external support and insufficient physical resources, but Richard keeps a positive environment full of service and love for center residents.
Richard manages multiple projects and activities, such as dairy cows for regular milk sources, meat from goats and rabbits, and eggs from poultry raising. In addition, he involves the refugees in daily labor so they can build dignity and self-respect and improve their incomes.
At ARI, Richard aims to acquire more skills in local leadership and how to manage different projects. In addition, he would like to learn more about fish farming, piggery, and poultry farming.
The mission of St. Patrick’s Center for Integral Development (SPACID) is to nurture and train refugees in organic farming skills. In their Kyangwali Resettlement Kikuube District, where Richard works, they host over 125,000 refugees across 40 acres.
SPACID hopes that, after ARI, Richard can work with resettled refugees to build their self-confidence and create sustainable ways of living.