Country Overview

Capital Population Religion Economic
Christian Evangelical Islam HDI Rank GDP Per Capita
Kampala 40,250,000 84.1% 36.51% 14% 163 of 188 $609

Uganda, known as the “Pearl of Africa” for it’s natural beauty and rich cultural diversity, lies at the shore of Lake Victoria in East Africa. It is the world’s second most populous land-locked nation after Ethiopia. Gaining independence from Great Britain in 1962, the country spiraled into a series of devastating conflicts for decades. Dictators, warlords, and the AIDS epidemic ravaged Uganda, and left this fertile country as one of the poorest in the world. More than 2.5 million children are orphaned. Many have been left to fend for themselves as parents have died of AIDS, while others have been victimized by conflicts. An estimated 30,000 children were abducted by infamous warlord Joseph Kony and turned into child soldiers. Ugandans have an unusually low life expectancy. The average person lives just 59 years. Poverty is ubiquitous and 38% of Ugandans still live on less than $1.25 a day.


Program Overview

Location Reach Setting Program Started
Northeastern Uganda 23 Communities Rural 2009

Program Impact

World Poverty Solutions started it’s first Community Health Evangelism (CHE) program in Uganda in 2009. Many initial participants had just returned to their ancestral villages, after living in camps for internally displaced people.

  • 55 new churches have been planted, and many have seen their lives get better as they have come to personal faith in Christ, and have learned practices that have resulted in greater health and prosperity.
  • Agronomic teaching has increased crop yields.
  • Livestock management training has produced healthier, longer-living animals.
  • Water management classes, have taught community members how to protect their water sources from pollution
  • Skills training, like bee-keeping and brick making, have been transferred to the communities, paving the way for new income opportunities. As incomes have grown, the community members have contributed financially to build new permanent church buildings in 9 communities, using only local funds.

 

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Data Sources:
Population and Religion: www.joshuaproject.net
HDI Rank: hdr.undp.org/en/composite/HDI
GDP Per Capita (2015): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_IMF_ranked_countries_by_GDP