ActionAid has been operating in Uganda since 1982 and now works with over 200 partners on a number of poverty reduction initiatives. We currently support over 260,000 families. Uganda has endured prolonged droughts in recent years, leaving many people in desperate need of food aid.
ActionAid's work in Uganda
David Chekwoti and his best friend Esben Shaka (pictured right, holding their school pictures) attend classes under trees and, when it rains, they often need to end school early.
Most internally displaced families have returned to the area and the school system has struggled to cope. ActionAid is helping the communities to build new schools in the area as well as water points, shelter and health centres to provide for local children and future generations.
We promote equal access to education for all, and support non-formal education for children affected by conflict, and HIV and AIDS. Our radical adult literacy programme - Reflect - was pioneered by ActionAid in Uganda. It is now in use in over 60 countries by 350 organisations.
Poverty and equality in Uganda
Uganda has experienced relative political stability and economic growth in recent years under the leadership of President Museveni. But with agriculture employing over 70 per cent of the workforce and many rural families having no access to safe water or adequate food supplies, life remains challenging for Uganda’s poorest people.
Ongoing rebel fighting by the Lord's Resistance Army in northern Uganda has led to widespread human rights violations. Millions of people have been displaced. The country remains vulnerable to natural disasters, as seen in the 2007 floods, which left 400,000 people displaced.
How you can help
When you sponsor a child in Uganda, you'll be providing the resources for real, long-term change. You'll get two letters a year from the child you sponsor, and updates from the country programme to tell you how the money you are spending is changing the community your child lives in.