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Where We Work : Uganda
|Human Development Rank||161/186|
|GDP per Capita||US$1400|
|People living on less than 1 euro a day||38%|
|Infant Mortality (per 1,000 births)||64/1000|
|Global hunger Ranking||56 (19.2) Serious|
|Living with HIV and AIDS||1.4million|
The Ugandans are possibly the friendliest people on earth. The country has made enormous strides in recent years and seen an end to the civil war in northern Uganda, economic growth and increasing democracy at local levels, but many large-scale problems remain.
- Approximately 23.1 million people are prone to poverty in Uganda with 8.4 million of that number (24.5%) trapped in absolute poverty.
- 25% of people lack access to water and 65% lack access to sanitation.
- 1.1million children have been orphaned by AIDS and 190,000 children are living with HIV.
- 25% of children are involved in child labour and 40% of young people are married by the time they are 18 years old.
Needs and Challenges
Uganda has been blighted by two decades of civil war, extreme violence and mass killings; during this time approximately 1.4 million people were displaced from their homes in Northern Uganda. The majority of Ugandans (80%) are employed in agriculture however people lack access to clean water and adequate food supplies. There is a severe lack of access to health care and education and there is a high prevalence of gender based violence.
Uganda is also vulnerable to natural disasters such as drought and floods as well as economic shocks such as high prices for goods. Against this back drop there is a very high prevalence of HIV/AIDS with the numbers affected actually increasing in the last number of years.
Make Life Flow
Project date: Jan – Dec 2010
Only 64% of Uganda’s population has access to a safe water supply. In Kabale District, the coverage level is in danger of decreasing with a population of 547,256 growing annually at 3% each year, doubling it every 20 years. Most water sources are found in the valleys, whereas most people live further up the hillsides. This causes people to haul water over long distances and on steep slopes. Additionally the lack of safe water sources leads to the spread of disease and increases infant mortality.
Partner – Kigezi Diocese Water and Sanitation Programme. Has partnered with Tearfund for more than 20 years.
Objective – To improve access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene for 2,368 rural poor in Kabale district, Uganda
- 64 community leaders and 100 community members were trained to manage and maintain water facilities
- Skills training was provided for 108 people to construct domestic rainwater harvesting facilities
- Health, hygiene and nutrition education and awareness provided for 14 community leaders and 1,000 community members
- Sanitation facilities were constructed to serve 600 people
- Water facilities were constructed to serve 1,430 people – 2 institutional tanks, 100 rainwater jars, 35 rainwater tanks
TAIP - sowing seeds of hope
Project successfully completed September 2009
Tearfund has worked in partnership TAIP (The Aids Intervention Programme) a project of the Deliverance Church of Uganda since 1992. It is based in Jinja, a city 80km west of Kampala. It is estimated that 1 million people in Uganda are now infected with the HIV virus – nearly one in seven of the adult population. This has left more than 1 million children orphaned by AIDS throughout Uganda. TAIP has developed replicable and sustainable programmes of local church intervention at community level. TAIP focuses on training one church at a time, using a training manual created by themselves, to cover facts about AIDS, attitudes to the illness, care and counselling.
- 1,600 people living with HIV were helped with improved nutrition and home-based care
- 220 churches over the past year received support and training with the development of Support Action Groups in each church to provide material and spiritual care to people living with HIV. Each church has an average of 100 members
- Five HIV organisations have been established by church groups to better support people living with HIV in their community.