Terra Renaissance aims to empower 1556 youth in conflict-affected African countries (Uganda, DRCongo, Burundi). This program mainly supports former child soldiers and refugees, street children, widows, and conflict-affected youth.
To empower youth economically, Terra Renaissance provides vocational training like tailoring, carpentry, and animal husbandry. After completing the training, they receive kits to start income-generating activities (IGAs) (e.g., sewing machine, saw, small capital). As most of them are self-employed, they are supported to establish their own shops and regularly receive business support to strengthen their IGAs.
Besides that, the program empowers youth psychosocially through counseling and other social activities (e.g. community work, peacebuilding workshops, and cultural activities). This can increase their social capital, ensure their safety net (e.g. they can cooperate with their neighbors), and contribute to youth being on decent jobs.
In general, through economic and psychosocial support, the commitment aims to 1) help young people gain knowledge/skills and increase social capital which is helpful to access decent jobs, and it contributes to 2) enhance the resilience of themselves and their community in the long term.
The program is operated in partnership with different organizations: Projects are implemented with the Office of Prime Minister and UNHCR in Uganda, UNDP in DRC, and the Government Ministry in Burundi.