Compassion started working in Uganda in 1980. Today, there are over 104,000 children registered in our programs through 383 church partners.
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of people live below the poverty line
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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.
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.open_in_new Read full letter
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.open_in_new Read more
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