Cash for Work beneficiaries including Lodu worked for 30 days each, earning US$120 (UGX432,000) per person. They were paid US$80 while the US$40 was kept as a saving for them.
Key among the issues raised were the low level of youth participation and access to information, limited land for production, early marriage, high school dropout rate, low educational levels, drug abuse and limited access to government development programmes.
The fund is a spin-off of the Solidarity Summit for Refugees that was held in Kampala in June.
Under Cash for Work, the refugees and Ugandans (host community) will plant trees, maintain roads, clear garbage and dig rubbish pits in markets, health centres, schools and child-friendly spaces and in return each participant will be remunerated with a stipend.
A summary of findings from research undertaken by Save the Children and the World Bank on the lack of legal protection against child marriage for girls and marriages that take place below the national minimum age of marriage.