Nakivale Rotaract Club
Nov 01, 2018 7:00 AM
Amanda Ottman
Nakivale Rotaract Club

In 2016, American Refugee Committee held a first of its kind event in Kampala, Uganda, celebrating the ingenuity and creativity of refugee youth from Nakivale Refugee Settlement. That event sparked an idea – a joint project with the American Refugee Committee and Rotarians from Uganda and Minnesota to launch the first ever Rotaract Club in a refugee camp. The idea was simple, but the impact could be huge.

Nakivale Rotaract Club became the first Rotaract Club to be established in a refugee settlement in June 2017.  Currently there are 26 members representing 3 countries.

The Nakivale Rotaract Club is a true example of the change that can be sparked from just one idea. And Nakivale Rotaractors are passing on that change to their community by being people of action.



In partnership with American Refugee Committee, Nakivale Rotaract Club is celebrating their one year anniversary by launching a “Year of Action & Inspiration”. Motivated to do the doable, they’ll bring community generated ideas to life through 52 weeks of projects.

The “Year of Action & Inspiration” launched on World Refugee Day 2018 – June 20 – when refugees, Ugandans, Rotarians and ARC came together for a 5K run like no other. Over 1,000 runners submited their own project ideas to register. Every project idea will be displayed in the community and every week throughout the year another idea will be implemented by the Nakivale Rotaract Club and ARC.

These Rotaractors desire to take action in their community as well as to be the inspiration for other refugee youth, with the goal to expand the reach of Rotaract to other communities and refugee settlements.