Why Uganda

Currently the country is home to nearly 2.4 million children who have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS, extreme poverty and civil conflict. In fact, Uganda has the largest orphan population per capita of any country in the world.

Half of young men and women and 80% of widows & single parents in Uganda have no self-sustaining economic opportunities. They cannot access basic human needs of 2 meals a day, a decent shelter or a good education. For most people, life has become just about daily survival – they have no hope of breaking out of poverty and thriving.

Health and social issues make a significant contribution to rural poverty in Uganda. The population of about 33.4 million (based on 2010 Census) is growing at a rate of 3.2% every year, doubling every 20 years. Although the country has been able to dramatically reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS among the population, the pandemic has caused the death of large numbers of young adults and orphaned approximately 1 million children.

Approximately 68% of Uganda’s population live in rural areas and almost 8,000,000 live below Uganda’s defined poverty line. Over a third of Uganda’s population lives on less than $2/day.

According to the 2011 Uganda Demographic and Health Survey [1] (UDHS

  • One in every 19 Ugandan children dies before the first birthday, and one in every 11 children dies before the fifth birthday.
  • Twelve percent of children under age 18 are orphans.
  • More than half of the population of Uganda is age 15 or younger.
  • Fifty-eight percent of the population take more than 30 minutes roundtrip to fetch water.
  • Only 16 percent of households have an improved sanitation facility.
  • About one in every seven households has electricity.
  • The quality of housing for most Ugandans is still inadequate. More than two thirds of households have either earth, sand, or dung floors.
  • 40% of children under age 5 had a fever in the two weeks before the survey.

The unfortunate truth is, there are far more orphans than there are facilities to care for them.  On the surface, this problem seems far too big to address.  However, it is the belief of this ministry that our call by God is to care for the orphans that we can – whether it is 5 or 3,000.  Our dream is to provide housing, education, medical care and love for Ugandan children who have nobody to care for them.