Soroti is the business municipality of Soroti District, located in eastern Uganda. The area has seen many internally displaced people, including children and youths, due to the attacks of the Lord’s Resistance Army. People live in camps and a project began to train young people vocational skills. Courses included carpentry, mechanics, tailoring, masonry work, plumbing, and agricultural skills. Classes were once held in a prison building; the building is once again being used as a prison. The vocational school now owns land and wishes to build a school. The school expects to train 1,000 young people annually.
The community intends on constructing a vocational school which will enable them train over 1,000 young people yearly in Soroti and neighboring districts. With lack of access to education and marketable skills, the hope is to reduce vulnerability and dependency among the youths in the community project area and to reduce the problem of unemployment. They also expect to provide counseling and guidance services to youths on psychosocial and economic issues.
The Amen B Team is made up of various professionals within engineering and other disciplines. Health, safety and fundraising are also integrated into the team structure. Members from the Soroti community are also contributing members to the project team and play a vital role in the design and implementation of the project.
The goal of the overall program is to partner with Soroti to improve livelihoods through sustainable building and site planning solutions. We are currently investigating what the current and future needs of the community are so that a program can potentially be developed.