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ADRA Uganda works closely with local leaders, community-based groups, and civil society organizations to best promote sustainable livelihoods for impoverished Ugandans. To achieve success, ADRA Uganda continually seeks to improve their programs in food security, WASH, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and advocacy and capacity building.Make a difference around the world
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ADRA Uganda staff has donated some of their salary so that street children at the Kampiringisa National Rehabilitation Centre have basic needs met, including food, water, and clothes.
ADRA Uganda works with Congolese refugees in the Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement to ensure their safety, health, and education.
Our food security project teaches agricultural skills to 90 disabled youth in the Lweza Rehabilitation Centre.
Our Action for Social Change project is working with 60 community groups, 30 schools, and three elders’ associations to promote human rights.
At the age of 10, James went to school for the first time. He was ecstatic. He had no idea that in less than three months he would be fleeing for his life from his home in South Sudan, across the border to Uganda.
In January of 2014, tribal war erupted in his volatile home state of Jonglei. Undeterred and unwilling to abandon his education, James continued going to school.
When the conflict reached his village, his walk along the heavily patrolled roads was no longer safe, and his schooling abruptly came to an end. A few days later, his father left to join the fighting. He never returned.
James’ mother was a woman alone with three children, so she was vulnerable to those who would take advantage of her. Soon after the disappearance of James’ father, a gang of young soldiers broke into his house and shot his mother through the pelvis. She screamed for the children to run, and in the confusion, James lost sight of his 12-year-old brother and 8-year-old sister.
He ran into the jungle beyond his house and continued south toward safety, toward the border of Uganda nearly 200 miles away.
At the border, many days later, a truck stopped for the ragged and thin child stumbling down the road. The driver took him to Boroli, a new refugee resettlement area in the town of Adjumani in Northern Uganda. There James was identified as a child fleeing conflict in South Sudan and one of 12,708 boys between the ages of 5 and 11, the camp’s largest demographic.
As James began wandering alone through the camp of more than 90,000 people, he heard someone yell his name. He turned to find his older brother running toward him, arms outstretched. He too had escaped the house, though neither knew what became of their mother and sister. Reunited, the brothers found a place to sleep beneath the branches of a tree.
The same week that James arrived, ADRA began working in the new camp. With the rainy season fast approaching, ADRA distributed vital supplies to help the refugees survive the long, wet months ahead. James and his brother were among thousands of homeless refugees who received sleeping mats, blankets, and tarps. Hours later, the heavy rains began.
After days of wandering alone through the jungle, James and his brother had a safe and dry place to sleep together.
ADRA works hard to provide refugees with items essential to survival. Whether it is through water and food in drought-prone regions or blankets and tarps in rainy ones, ADRA is there to bring relief.
Capacity Statement OverviewThe Lweza Rehabilitation Centre in Wakiso District is a training and caretaking facility for handicapped youth, especially those from destitute families. Often marginalized by society, they have little opportunity to provide for themselves and often resort to begging. With the help of ADRA Uganda and the Foods Resource Bank, these youth are given the skills they need to develop and maintain income-generating activities. Vocational training includes tailoring, carpentry, welding and metalwork, and basket weaving, and includes additional training in sustainable gardening, with emphases in poultry keeping, fruit and vegetable growing, and food processing.
Our website further highlights the projects, programs, and people of ADRA Uganda. Download the ADRA Uganda Capacity Statement
Country OverviewBordered by South Sudan and the DRC, Uganda resides in a volatile region, facing challenges both within and beyond its borders. While poverty is a crisis throughout the nation, it is devastating in the north. Half of the population lives below the national average, with maternal mortality nearly double that of the south. Additionally, violence has scarred the northern region, requiring strong ADRA presence.