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Snapshot of Uganda


of people live below the poverty line


years is the average life expectancy


lack access to improved sanitation

Uganda has been free from colonial occupation for more than 50 years. That time has not been easy, yet the nation is slowly climbing out of the mire of political feuds, protracted conflict, and longstanding problems of corruption. It is now known as one of the strongest African economies and a place where poverty is on the retreat.

Many locals continue to deal with the aftermath of the brutal two-decade long civil war which terrorised the country’s north. The war, between rebel group the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), led by Joseph Kony, and government forces, remains Africa’s longest-running armed conflict. During their 26-year reign of terror, the LRA abducted more than 30,000 children, forcing them to become soldiers, weapon carriers, and sex slaves.

Since the LRA was pushed out of Uganda—and into neighbouring countries—in 2006, the majority of the 1.8 million people displaced by their violence have returned home or resettled. However, a generation of young people is scarred by the war. The process of rehabilitating displaced or traumatised children, women and men and reintegrating them back into society is made even more difficult by a lack of resources.

Despite the nation’s progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS over the last two decades, around 1.4 million people live with HIV/AIDS in Uganda, with 28,000 deaths due to the disease every year. Access to medical treatment is improving but is still a struggle for many, especially in rural areas.

President Yoweri Museveni, 73, has now ruled for more than 30 years, having first come to power in 1986 when he led the National Resistance Army in a guerrilla war against then-President Milton Obote. After 10 years in power he was elected President and has won every election since then (albeit amid allegations of vote rigging and other irregularities). He is eligible to stand again in 2021, although his success or otherwise will probably depend on the growth of the nation—including his efforts to lift more Ugandans out of poverty.

Lenny M Mugisha

Letter from Compassion Uganda Director Lenny Mugisha

Dear Sponsor, I am Lenny Mugisha; I have been the Country Director of Compassion Uganda for three years now, but I have worked with Compassion International for seven years. The three years to me have been years of fervent ministry to children both directly and indirectly. I like to swim in the evenings after work whenever it is possible. Swimming refreshes me and keeps me in shape for more assignments and duties that await me.

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Enoch’s Entrepreneurial Spirit

Enoch grew up in a poverty-stricken home in Kinono, Uganda. His father was handicapped by a misaimed grenade in Idi Amin Dada’s civil war in 1979. It left him incapacitated and unable to provide for the family. The family depended on Enoch’s mother, a peasant farmer who was poorly equipped to bring in sufficient support.

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Prayer requests for Uganda

  • Praise God for healing Abigail, a Compassion assisted girl in Bushenyi. She recently underwent eye surgery and has recovered enough to go back to school. Please continue to pray for her, as she needs to visit the hospital regularly for reviews. Pray she will make a full recovery in time.
  • Please pray for Rinah, a Compassion assisted girl in Kitunga, whose mother was recently murdered. Pray for her and her sisters as they struggle with the grief and trauma that has been compounded by the fact that they now have nowhere to live (since the house her mother rented was taken away from them). Rinah had planned to attend university; please pray she will receive the support she needs to be able to continue her education.
  • Please pray for the Deliverance Church in Kansanga, Kampala, who are looking to build a bigger church but need God’s provision. Pray that the church and the child development centre will continue to grow and seek God’s direction and that He will provide for them.
  • Please pray for the family of William Mulinde, a Compassion Uganda staff member who died in an accident last month and left behind his pregnant wife and two-year-old son. Pray that God will be their strength and comfort in a time of immense grief; pray also for the staff as they mourn the loss of a loved colleague.
  • Please pray for safety in our country; there has recently been an increase in crime and some women have been kidnapped. The police are trying to find the culprits but so far without success. Please also pray for the children to be safe on the streets, as there have been a lot more road accidents lately.

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28 Mar, 2018

An Astonishing Meeting that was 21 Years in the Making

When Jonathan and Rebecca started sponsoring Ronald, they had no idea that, more than 20 years later, they would become the guests of honour at his wedding in Uganda... Read more

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The First Hello: 15 Photos of New Mums Living in Poverty

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