Uganda

Why World Vision is in Uganda


One of the poorest countries in the world, Uganda hosts more than 400,000 refugees who fled violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where there is also an outbreak of Ebola. Despite the large number of refugees, there only one case of Ebola showed up in Uganda, and thankfully it has not spread. Unfortunately, Uganda was not immune from disasters of its own: Heavy rains triggered landslides in the east and west of the country that affected over 140,000 people, displacing many. The Ugandan government is resettling displaced families in government-built homes. The generosity of donors has done more than provide for the material well-being of children in Uganda. In 2019, for the first time in their lives, children had the opportunity to choose their own sponsors—a reversal of roles that shows them their hopes, dreams, and decisions matter. In the last year, more than six million children in Uganda have been impacted by World Vision programs.

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World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.

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Progress in Uganda

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.

Child Protection and Care

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • Faith leaders were equipped to respond to community needs after learning about gender-based violence and harmful family practices. In one area, nearly 300 faith leaders worked with lawmakers to create policies that protect children, particularly against child marriage.
  • Community members learned about child rights, how to report violations against children, and how to help keep kids safe. Children also took part in forums where they discussed their concerns and issues that impact them.

Healthy Children and Families

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.

  • Children and their families learned about the importance of personal hygiene and sanitation practices, such as proper hand washing. Some households built hand-washing stations for the first time.
  • Mothers and caregivers learned about better nutrition for their kids, including how to prepare healthy meals using local ingredients. Their children's growth was also monitored, so that children who are malnourished could receive proper treatment and support.

Education for Better Lives

Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.

  • More than 15,000 girls and boys were able to improve their reading, writing, and math skills through community centers staffed by parent volunteers. They also received new resources such as books and instructional materials. In addition, teachers learned new child-friendly teaching methods to better support kids' education.

Prayer Requests from Uganda

World Vision's staff in Uganda are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:

  • For food security for people in Uganda, and for schools to be able to provide daily lunches.

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  • For youth who complete vocational training to find jobs to support their families.

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  • For local programs to meet the needs of the most vulnerable children and teens.

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