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Tamuka is the media programme of the Xavier Project designed to give refugees a voice so that they can speak out about the realities of their lives. Tamuka is a three phase programme which will enable refugees to publish, learn from and interact with unbiased information anonymously and without necessarily having access to the internet.

The goal of Tamuka is not to mobilise refugees to take any dramatic action. The goal is that through an open media, refugees might be able to bring about social change gradually and democratically in their host country or country of origin. Another aim is for refugees to be able to tell the rest of the world about their own experiences which may lead the international community to question processes and existing policies that they take for granted.

Refugees using the Tamuka Hub in Uganda

Refugees using the Tamuka Hub in Uganda

Tamuka started in 2012 with the opening of Tamuka Hub in Kampala, thanks to funding we received from SPICMA. The Hub has become a focal meeting place where refugees can gather and discuss ideas or learn about what is going on in the world around them. The Tamuka Hub has satellite T.V. and free and reliable internet connectivity for refugees so that they can connect, learn, create, share and collaborate using social media and online resources. We have also recently received more funding from SPICMA to start a Hub in Nairobi which we hope to open in the next couple of months.

As well as the hubs we have also been running the Tamuka Newsletters. These are monthly publications which are distributed to refugees in Nairobi and Kampala. We distribute 5,000 copies in each city and the newsletters contain the articles that we publish on this website as well as brief news updates in several languages. As most refugees are not able to access the internet it was very important that we started distributing news using hard copy. The newsletters are distributed through the local communities and the different NGOs working with refugees and so far they have gone down very well.