Uganda

Uganda, the land of Lake Victoria, has long been known as the pearl of Africa. Situated in East Africa and lying on the equator, a large part of its southern border lies on the shores of Lake Victoria. Uganda was damaged by tribal wars in the 1970s and 80s and worst under the dictatorship of Idi Amin. Stability was established with the victory of President Museveni’s army in 1986. The wars in the north and east resulted in many displaced people, a majority of whom were children, orphaned or escaped from war zones. About the same time the country was devastated by the HIV/AIDS pandemic which led to many deaths and left the country in deep poverty. Since the turn of the century Uganda’s economy has been transformed to one of relative stability and prosperity.

Timeline

1962 – Uganda gains independence from British colonial rule in democratic elections, however the special status of Buganda Kingdom causes instability in the new state.

1971 – Military coup installs Idi Amin’s brutal 8-year dictatorship.

1986 – National Resistance Army rebels overthrew the Idi Amin government and install Yoweri Museveni as president.

2005 – ACT begins work in Uganda in partnership with the Elim Church of Uganda, in Jinja.

2007 – Christian Vision Ministries was formed as the missions’ arm of the Elim Church of Uganda, in collaboration with ACT and extends its work across Busoga region in the east of Uganda, supporting nearly one hundred children refugees from the war in the north.

2009 – Parliament votes to ban female circumcision with any person convicted facing 10 years in jail or life sentence if a victim dies.

2011 – ACT launches the Widows Sustainable Whole Life Skills Project to enhance the economic prosperity and social wellbeing of widowed women in the community. Widows work together in cooperatives including bead making, farming and poultry.

2016 – ACT Director meets with the Kenya High Commissioner to the UK. Read more here.


Quick Facts

GDP per capita: 604.04 USD (2017)

Population: 42.86 million (2017)

Largest cities: Kampala (the capital), Jinja, Mbarara, Masaka, Mbale

Language: English and Swahili

Population growth rate: 3.2% (5th in world)

Median age: 15.8 years (2015)

Orphans: 2.5 million (2016)

Literacy rate: 78.4% ; Male – 85.3%, Female – 71.5% (2017)

80% of Uganda’s population depends on agriculture for food and trade (2018)

The source of the Nile is in Uganda.

Uganda is home to 11% of the world’s bird population.


 

 

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Geography

Uganda is a landlocked country situated in East Africa and lying on the equator. It borders with South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, DR Congo and Rwanda. A large part of the south lies on the shores of Lake Victoria. Much of the land is fertile and well-watered, and there are two annual growing seasons. The country has a diverse landscape which encompasses the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains and the immense Lake Victoria. Its abundant wildlife includes endangered gorillas and chimpanzees as well as rare birds. Remote Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a famous mountain gorilla sanctuary, while Murchison Falls National Park in the northwest is known for its 43m-tall waterfall and wildlife such as hippos.

Places of Interest: Lake Victoria, Bujagali Falls, Murchison Falls, Ssese Islands


 

ACT in Uganda


When?

ACT began work in Busoga region, eastern part of Uganda in 2005 in partnership with Christian Vision Ministries (missions arm of the Elim Church of Uganda,), based in Jinja. The work extended across most districts in the region, with the growing numbers of orphan refugees fleeing the war in the north and seeking refuge in the more peaceful parts of the country.

The Widows Sustainable Whole Life Skills Project was launched in 2011. The aim is that the women support each other in business to generate income so they can support their families. A number of the widows are involved in bead making, weaving and farming. Recently they started a business that rents out facilities such as chairs and tables for events.

ACT Facts:

By 2018 more than 600 children had benefitted from full ACT scholarships or welfare support. Many of the children have received tertiary education, received diplomas or graduated from university, including one who qualified as a medical doctor. Read more here.

 

 

 

Projects:

The Tabitha Project was launched in 2011 to empower widows to work together and support each other to generate income to support themselves and their families as part of the Sustainable Whole Life Skills Project