Uganda

ARSGA

BACKGROUND

The Angels Refugee Support Group Association (ARSGA) was created on 17th of July 2009 by a proactive group of young refugees who have fled persecutions due to their sexual orientation in their respective countries of origin (Burundi, Rwanda and DRC) towards the republic of Uganda where they hope to find greater safety, freedom and happiness. Unfortunately, upon their arrival, they are faced with new challenges – arbitrary arrests, discrimination, corrective rape, robbery, stigma, homophobia, harassment, bullying… These challenges have most marginalised these young people and made them outcast, isolated from their family, community and society.

It is therefore noteworthy that the Angels Refugee Support Group Association (ARSGA):

  • Solidifies a confidence in the LGBTQIA+ and female sex worker refugees and asylum-seekers community that they have value and they can go after things in life that they never had thought possible.
  • Exhaustively enables a vital and crucial start in breaking the cycle of marginalization that the LGBTQIA+ and female sex worker refugees and asylum-seekers community have been subjected to for so long.

VISION

To see a world where all LGBTQIA+ persons and female sex workers are enjoying the same human rights as the host community members without discrimination.

MISSION

To ensure refugee LGBTQIA+ persons and female sex workers are aware of and enjoy the fundamental human rights of all persons within cultural diverse societies.

VALUES

Integrity

Teamwork

Partnership

Honesty

Communication

Respect

Safety

Attitude

Beneficiary service

Trustworthy

Diversity

Individuality

Creativity

Growth

Achievement

Competence

Accountability

Community

Community

Quality

Commitment to success

Ethical

Legal

Professionalism

Fairness

Responsibility

Consistency

Empowerment

Fun

Risk-taking

Efficiency

Balance

Loyalty

Optimism

Reliable

Inspiring

PURPOSE OF THE ORGANISATION

Angels Refugee Support Group Association (A.R.S.G.A) was established to contribute to the promotion of human rights and the support (moral and health) of LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex) refugees in Uganda.

GLOBAL OBJECTIVES

  • Inform and sensitize LGBTQIA+ refugees on topics related in particular to HIV / AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
  • Promote the defence of the rights of LGBTQIA+ refugees in all the territories of Uganda and Africa in general.
  • Promote the welfare of LGBTQIA+ refugees in Uganda and around the world.

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

  • Fight all forms of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or the way some people express their gender, whether these characteristics are real or simply perceived;
  • Set up a reception, listening and assistance office for Eastern and Central of Africa LGBTQIA+ and sex workers refugees living in Uganda who have health problems and rights violations;
  • Provided water based lubricant and condoms to LGBTQIA+ and sex workers refugees living in Kampala and different refugee camps in Uganda;
  • Advise, guide, LGBTQIA+ and sex workers refugees in the asylum application and follow up in obtaining refugee status;
  • Train peer educators on LGBTQIA+ and sex workers refugees issue how will raise awareness about HIV / AIDS and STDs;
  • Provide meaningful communication to the behavioral changes of people / authorities who violate the human rights of LGBTQIA+ refugees;
  • Support professional LGBTQIA+ refugees or (MSM) with Income Generating Activities (IGAs).
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