Mercy Corps has been working in Uganda since 2006. In the aftermath of a generation-long civil war that claimed thousands of lives and displaced millions more, Uganda is finally healing. But population growth is straining resources and services in a country that still has a long way to go.
With farmland not producing at capacity, food is in short supply and malnutrition is common. Good quality seeds are scarce in local markets, keeping yields low. Recurring climate shocks, including drought and flooding, have further reduced harvests.
Continuing inequalities in the distribution of income and the treatment of women have contributed to high poverty rates, poor health and disparities in education and opportunity.
While stable itself, some of Uganda’s neighbors are not. Every day, a staggering number of South Sudanese refugees arrive at Uganda’s northern border in search of safety. Over the past months, their numbers have dramatically increased, with an average of more than 2,000 daily arrivals. Uganda now hosts more than half a million refugees from South Sudan.
- Agriculture & Food: Training farmer groups in business skills to grow subsistence plots to small-scale commercial farming operations.
- Economic development: Providing jobs building roads that link farms to markets.
- Health: Promoting maternal-child health and nutrition programs, including village-level mother groups that encourage healthy behavior change.
- Emergency response: Meeting the urgent needs of vulnerable South Sudanese with cash while supporting local economy and livelihoods, establishing a cash for work program for both Ugandans and South Sudanese.
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Mercy Corps team member Jeremy Barnicle, on the ground in war-torn northern Uganda, thanks donors for their generous support.
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: Two voices to raise thousands
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Uganda: First Day of School, At 14
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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
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Uganda: Acting Globally
Children have always been close to Nicole Greenberg's heart. The 20-year-old has worked with children in one way or another most of her life: as a babysitter, then a camp counselor and now as a developmental psychology major at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
Uganda: One Night in Ogonyo
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