Recovering from a history of civil war, dictatorship, and human rights abuses, Uganda is working to transition from conflict and instability to a new season of peace and prosperity.
In the last ten years Uganda has experienced annual economic growth of 7-8% percent. However, the country remains one of the poorest in the world with almost a quarter of its population at the national poverty line.
Uganda is prone to droughts, epidemics, famine, floods, and insecurity. In addition, HIV rates in Uganda have started to climb following significant successes in controlling the spread of the infection.
Uganda is also home to some 130,000 Congolese refugees and asylum seekers who have fled the ongoing violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
What we’re doing in Uganda
The LWF works through a variety of programs to help Ugandans – both young and old – achieve their rights and develop sustainably. We help local grassroots and district structures to organize and manage areas such as livelihoods, water and sanitation, health, and environmental management.
We assist families to engage in meaningful income-generating activities. As a result, many have bought assets such as bicycles, built houses, and taken their children to school. In addition, children achieve their right to education and to attend school – a fulfillment of the district, national, and millennium development goal.
We support agricultural production through farmer field schools, and have seen the increase in production of crops such as groundnuts, beans, and soya.
Uganda receives South Sudanese refugees
Conflict in South Sudan flared up again in July 2016, forcing civilians to flee to neighbouring countries. The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR says 26,000 refugees crossed from South Sudan in the week of July 18 into Uganda, with most coming through the Elegu collection center managed by LWF. Most are women and children.
The LWF has received at least 12,000 of the refugees at Elegu, where it has built temporary shelters to accommodate new arrivals awaiting registration and transportation, maintains water and hygiene at the collection center and provides soap and sanitary materials to all households and to women, and dignity kits for women and girls. Special attention is given to people with special needs including unaccompanied minors, separated children, people with disabilities and victims of sexual and gender based violence.
On 20 May 2015, LWF Uganda began scaling up efforts to support an influx of refugees fleeing violence in the DR Congo by providing hot meals, building temporary shelters, setting up a short-term health post and putting plans in place to protect children and women from sexual violence. In the last two weeks of May 2015 alone, 1567 people - about half the number of all new arrivals from January to April - registered at the Nyakabande Transit Center, in Kisoro, with another 1000 expected on May 22.