We have been working in Uganda since 2006 and have helped millions of Ugandans and refugees alike build a path to a stronger tomorrow. Our programs focus on helping people adapt their livelihoods in the face of climate change, supporting small businesses, improving agriculture production, bettering public health systems and empowering women and girls. In 2017, our services reached 1.2 million Ugandans and refugees.
After a generation of conflict and instability, including multiple civil wars, Uganda is a stable country with a population of 41.5 million people.
Although Uganda is in a state of stability, some of its neighbors are not. Because of ongoing violence and conflict in South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda is now the second largest refugee-hosting country on the planet, after Lebanon. Almost 1.1 million refugees have fled their home countries to seek refuge in Uganda.
The growing population is putting an increasing strain on already limited resources. Basic necessities like food and clean drinking water are out of reach for far too many Ugandans and refugees. One out of every four people in Uganda is malnourished and one out of every three children under the age of five is stunted due to malnourishment.
A majority of Ugandans, seven out of every 10, make a living in the agricultural sector. The increasing consequences of climate change are making it more difficult for Ugandan farmers to make a living. Many farmers across Uganda are reporting lower yields, which is contributing to mass malnutrition. Unequal access to quality seeds and tools are disproportionately impacting poorer Ugandan communities, leading to an even higher risk of malnutrition and stunted growth.
Despite these challenges, the people of Uganda are resilient and welcoming hosts of their South Sudanese and Congolese neighbors. By strengthening the local agricultural economy, assisting refugees, increasing knowledge on health and nutrition and more, we are helping build a stronger tomorrow for all of Uganda.
Our Uganda field team is made up of 300 members located on eight different bases across the country and is led by Country Director Iveta Ouvry. 95% of our 300 team members are Ugandan and have a unique and personal understanding of the issues facing their country and individual communities.
The work we’re doing in Uganda focuses on supporting both Ugandans and refugees fleeing conflict from neighboring countries. Our core work is in agricultural development — supporting farmers to increase productivity through climate-smart agriculture techniques. We offer this program to Ugandans and refugees. We also work on maternal-child health and nutrition and with communities to resolve local conflicts in a peaceful way.
Since 2006, our work in Uganda has reached millions of people and helped provide support for young people, professional development opportunities for farmers and more. Here are a few of our most recent results:
- In 2017, we improved the social and economic well-being of 1.2 million people.
- We’re empowering more than 8,600 girls near the Kenya-Uganda border to earn their own incomes with life-skills education courses.
- In 2017, we provided 44,142 farmer households with improved access to better seeds for addressing climate-related stresses.
How to help
Uganda: Peace Through Forgiveness
Uganda: Celebrating Peace with Soccer
Mercy Corps organized soccer matches in six countries to celebrate the Sept. 21 International Day of Peace.
Uganda: Song and dance unite a community
Uganda: Nancy Lindborg in Uganda
Mercy Corps President Nancy Lindborg, on the ground in war-torn northern Uganda, thanks donors for their generous support.
Uganda: After Twenty Years, Almost Home
Oyere, Uganda - John Bosco Akello is an important leader in this village — deputy chief, pastor, model farmer — at a time when leadership is vitally important.
Uganda: Jeremy Barnicle in Uganda
Mercy Corps team member Jeremy Barnicle, on the ground in war-torn northern Uganda, thanks donors for their generous support.
Uganda: Two voices to raise thousands
Soon, hundreds of voices will not only speak up in support of displaced Ugandan families; they'll sing out. And the sounds of jazz, heavy metal, folk, country and alternative music will rouse thousands to action.
Uganda: First Day of School, At 14
Ogonyo IDP Camp, Uganda - It might look like any other day for 14-year-old Bosco Odongo. Dressed in a pink shirt and brown shorts like his classmates, he carries a crisp new notebook and walks the dirt path leading to the village school.
Uganda: Christine: Someone to Count On
Opeyelo, Uganda - If all had gone according to plan, Christine Adong would be sitting behind a desk right now, crunching numbers. Instead, she's standing in the midst of a few dozen displaced families, listening to their stories and offering whatever help she can.
Uganda: Cecilia: A Harvest of Hope
Ogonyo Camp, Uganda - Cecilia Lamunu remembers life before the war. As she sits inside her tiny mud hut and lights a kerosene lamp against the coming darkness, you can see the past flickering in her eyes.