Daniel Muhwezi Fellow 2010
Living in: Kampala — Uganda
Venture: COBURWAS Student's Hostel
We are increasing access to quality education by opening student hostels near the best schools in the region.
Operating in: Sub-Saharan Africa
Impact Area: Children and Youth, Conflict Resolution, Community...
"CIYOTA is a leadership & education empowerment organization with a purpose of improving conditions of refugees."
Describe yourself briefly.
Daniel is the Co-founder and Secretary General of COBURWAS. On 5th December 2005 Daniel, Bahati and Benson started COBURWAS International Youth Organization to Transform Africa (CIYOTA COBURWAS International Youth Organization to Transform Africa that is dedicated to unite, transform and develop communities in Africa through education, volunteerism and humanitarianism, social leadership and entrepreneurship.
Describe your Unreasonable Venture in 100 words or less.
COBURWAS International Youth Organization to Transform Africa, or CIYOTA, is a community-based organization born in Kyangwali Refugee Settlement in Western Uganda. It was founded in 2005 by a group of Congolese refugees with a vision of uniting and transforming their own community as well as other communities throughout Africa.
CIYOTA’s outstanding efforts have addressed multiple levels of refugee life. They’ve started livestock and farming projects, raised awareness about HIV/AIDS and malaria, given micro-finance loans, and increased access to education in both traditional and innovative ways. In addition, CIYOTA focuses on many of the issues at the root of the problems they face, including: tribal conflict, corruption, and the lack of responsible and enterprising leaders. One of the organization’s guiding principles is unity; they recognized a need to unite the different nationalities in Kyangwali Refugee Settlement to achieve community development, and they are promoting a united Democratic Republic of the Congo to prevent the conditions that initially led them to become refugees.