Uganda is a land locked country sharing borders with Kenya, South Sudan, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania. It also has a large portion of Lake Victoria along its borders. Some 50% of the population is aged 14 or below. Approximately 5.4% of adults are living with HIV/AIDs. One of the poorest countries in the world, over 1/3 of its population is living below the international poverty line. Corruption is a huge problem in Uganda, on an international scale from 0-10, 10 being the best a country can be Uganda is a 2.4. It is estimated there are 5,000 street children in Kampala, although there is little accurate data.
What we do
We have been working in Uganda since 1998, when we started providing small grants to partner organisations within the country. Now the scope of our work has grown to such an extent that we have a full time representative and an office in Kampala.
We only work in the Kampala district.
This is a conscious decision as many organisations focus on the North of the country, but there is still great need in the capital.
Most of our work takes place within a slum named Namuwongo, which can be found on the outskirts of Kampala. It has a population of approximately 30,000 people, most of whom have fled conflict situations in the North of the country as well as neighbouring countries Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. There are many problems that affect the people of Namuwongo, these include unemployment, drug abuse, sexual exploitation, HIV and a general lack of education opportunities. Income levels are very low, most households earning less than 20p per day. This, along with other factors, results in high levels of child mortality and chronic malnutrition. We also offer front line services for the hardest to reach street children as well as public health projects across the city. These sit along side our integrated WASH programmes and “public private” partnership work with the local government.