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Map of Uganda

Where We Work : Uganda

Country Profile

Human Development Rank 161/187
Population 34.7 million
GNI per Capita US$1168
People living on less than 1 euro a day 38%
Literacy Rate 73%
Life Expectancy 54
Infant Mortality (per 1,000 births) 64/1000
Global hunger Ranking 56 (19.2) Serious
HIV/AIDS Prevalence 7.2%
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.


Participatory Evaluation Process

Project Date: 2012-2015

Local Partner: Pentecostal Assemblies of God

Project: The Pentecostal Assemblies of God (PAG) is the second largest evangelical denomination in Uganda, with some 4,500 churches. Since 2001 it has been mobilising churches and communities in Soroti District, using the Bible as a catalyst for community action that brings physical and spiritual transformation to poor people. Participatory Evaluation Process (PEP) is designed to mobilize communities and the church to design, plan, implement, and evaluate their development process using locally available resources. Poor communities are being helped to employ their own skills and resources to tackle local problems, rather than depending on aid from outside. The result is a growth in confidence as their initiatives improve living conditions and build relationships.

Key Achievements:

  • Church leaders and members are being mobilized to realize their potential and responsibility to bring about physical and spiritual transformation to their communities.
  • Suitable people are identified and trained to be facilitators in the process of church and community mobilisation.
  • Churches and communities are enabled to work together to identify problems, agree priorities and find achievable solutions to local problems.
  • Churches and communities are being helped to identify the resources they already have for example man power, local materials etc. so they can tackle poverty.
  • Discussions of Bible passages that inspire and guide community action are being facilitated for the churches and communities.

Churches and communities that have put the process into practice have been transformed in many ways:

  • Physically- better health due to improved access to clean water.
  • Socially- through uniting around a common vision and reaching out to help vulnerable people.
  • Materially- through increased income from community projects made possible by joint efforts.
  • Spiritually- as people experience the practical love of Jesus and commit their lives to him.


AIDS Intervention Programme

Project Date: 2011

Local Partner: The Aids Intervention Programme (TAIP) and Deliverance Church Uganda

Project: TAIP is a church founded organisation that works with over 60 different church denominations to mobilise a strategic response to HIV/AIDS in Uganda. It focuses on building the capacity of evangelical church groups so they can work within their communities to help alleviate the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Its mission is to empower the Evangelical Church to fight against HIV/AIDS, it aims to remove the stigma associated with this disease and to improve the levels of HIV prevention, care and impact mitigation. Its goal is to transform the lives of people affected by HIV/AIDS and to advocate on their behalf at a higher institutional level in order to influence national policies around this issue. TAIP is based in Eastern Uganda and operates in nine local districts and 7 national town districts.

Key Achievements:

TAIP has developed Village Health Teams (VHT), Good Samaritan Teams (GST) and Federal Based Organisations (FBO) and provided training for ‘Umoja’ facilitators. ‘Umoja’ (Swahili for ‘Togetherness’) is a dynamic way of helping local churches to work together with their community in addressing needs using their own resources.

  • Provides training on hygiene, nutrition, sanitation, immunization, income generating activities and skills based training. It also provides training to the churches and community based organisations on issues affecting Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) and young people.
  • Procured and equipped VHTs with training and demonstration kits including carriers, registration cards, mosquito nets, water treatments, jerry cans etc.
  • Children and young people who had previously refused to go to school attended school and OVCs received counselling; children were reintegrated with their families and relationships rebuilt through GST interventions.
  • There is evidence that some families have stopped isolating people living with AIDS (PLWA), couples and families have received family life education and some have attended Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT).
  • Churches have been challenged around issues affecting OVC and church leaders have participated in seminars on the Family Life Education programme as well as creating Good Samaritan Teams in their communities.

The Numbers:

  • 9 Good Samaritan Teams were trained with 20 individuals participating.
  • 3 Advocacy campaigns on the reduction of HIV/AIDS related infections among children were run reaching approximately 600 people.
  • 290 PLWA were reached through activities, 19 out of 29 bedridden PLWA were able to get out of bed and 10 started Income Generating Activities.
  • 456 OVC received counselling and 2664 young people were contacted by 15 different TAIP groups.
  • 81 out of 148 families improved hygiene in their homes and 100 improved nutrition.
  • 30 new families reported practicing family planning and 115 took their children for immunisation.
  • 24 proximity churches practice Home Based Care and 24 churches formed GST in their communities.
  • 93 community members are involved in child rights based advocacy.


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

Key achievements

  • 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

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.