Uganda is a country of diverse people and landscapes in the Great Lakes region of Africa. The people enjoy the fruits of the lakes, mountains and fertile farmland across the different regions of the country. Recently, Ugandans have experienced a period of relative political and social stability after a long history of conflicts within the country. This stability has led to solid economic growth and strong efforts to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS in the country.
Why do we work in Uganda?
Uganda has a total population of 38.8 million people. Agriculture is the source of livelihoods for 80% of these people. The majority are smallholder farmers who rely on subsistence farming to provide food for their families and income from the sale of surplus production.
Ugandan farmers have successfully increased their production in the 21st century. Improvements in food security have benefited Ugandan children via lower rates of malnutrition, though many children still suffer the effects of malnutrition such as stunting.
Crops such as coffee, maize and matoke are major sources of incomes for Ugandan farmers. Coffee is the biggest export crop and accounts for the bulk of export earnings. Access to viable markets, high – yielding seeds and land are some of the barriers faced by Ugandan farmers seeking to improve their livelihoods and provide for their families.
Uganda has made great strides in reducing the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the country, the government and other partners are committed to reducing the prevalence from its current rate of 7.4%. The impact of HIV/AIDS deaths is demonstrated by the high number of orphans due to AIDS; approximately 660,000 children have lost their parents. These children rely on grandparents and extended family for their care and protection.
Uganda has made limited progress in the provision of safe water and improving sanitation. Many people still don’t have access to decent sanitation facilities. The impacts of this lack of access are widespread; girls for example may miss out on education if school latrines are unsafe.
Our work in Uganda
Our local partners implement a program covering a variety of sectors including food security, livelihoods, water and sanitation, child protection and gender equality.
Examples of our recent work
The Uganda Integrated Community Development program partners with communities in the dioceses of Kiyinda Mityana and Lira to achieve Integrated Human Development goals including life with dignity, economic wellbeing and resilience and just and peaceful relationships.
The program works with 1,288 farmers and their families to utilize their strengths and assets to achieve community development visions for the future.
320 farmers and their families in the parishes of Maddu, Vvumba and Ndibata indicate that they face food shortages in the months of July and August. Agricultural activities such as training in sustainable agricultural practices and planting higher yielding varieties of crops combined with the commitment and hard work of the farmers will ensure food security for 12 months of the year.
In the diocese of Lira, participants are aiming to reduce cases of gender-based violence and child abuse by 80%. At commencement of the program, 36% of women surveyed indicated experiences of gender-based violence in the previous 6 months, highlighting the need for such a program.
Community-led total sanitation activities aim to reduce the incidence of non-chronic illness among participants. At commencement, 54% of participants reported experiencing non-chronic illness, the aim is to reduce this to 10% via improved sanitation.