The Nakivale Portal is located in the Nakivale Refugee Camp, which is home to 150,000+ people from 9 countries across the African Continent.
The Nakivale Portal is operated by the refugee-led organization Oportunigee that helps refugees build skills and gain employment in Uganda. The Nakivale Portal has the distinction of being the first Portal to be constructed using bottle bricks.
CEO of Promise Hub
CEO of Promise Hub
Patrick studied mechanical engineering in Goma at ITIG, which is where his love for architectural design comes from. And the Nakivale Refugee Settlement has been a unique canvas for him — a place to express his passion for designing unique constructions such as bottles houses, geodesic domes and even an amphitheater. In 2014, Patrick also co-founded NakivART, a project that showcases and supports artwork in Nakivale. His artworks include paintings, sculptures and comic books illustrating various topics refugees can relate to – such as his 2014 book Stella, which discusses how to deal with trauma. Patrick joined SINA Uganda in 2015 to learn more about entrepreneurship, mentoring and coaching. The following year he co-founded Opportunigee to help young refugees in Nakivale become entrepreneurs and job creators. He has a certificate in Peace building and Trauma healing from Pax Cultura. Patrick has been the CEO of Promise Hub Nakivale since 2018.
What if you could talk to a stranger on the other side of the world as if you were in the same room together? Learn about the origins of Shared Studios and portals. The documentary follows middle schoolers as they step into the Richmond Portal and connect with two muralists in Mexico City. "Passion Projects" is a docuseries about turning passion into purpose and its impact on the world.
Thousands of commuters buzz by it; dozens more see it from the Starbucks line less than 100 feet away. But only a few enter this gold box in the middle of downtown Los Angeles' Grand Park. "That was amazing," Bernadine Harris said as she stepped out of the shipping container covered in gold paint. Moments before, she was speaking live to an Iraqi refugee standing in front of her — on a large video screen.
It amazes me just how universal hip-hop has become. Here in America it was originally created as a means to express ourselves despite the forces oppressing us. Blacks had few ways to convey their thoughts publicly so we confused creativity with passion in hopes that the words in our hearts would be felt. Today I spoke with a man on the other side of the world who said that positive hip-hop is blooming where he lives in Afghanistan. It’s inspirational to say the least. I’m honored to be able to share my voice with the world. This portal is a gift, a treasure in time that I feel will one day be incredibly impacting! Javier S