Uganda is ...
a beautiful country with vast potential and made up of varied landscapes. It sits along Lake Victoria and is a landlocked country bordered by South Sudan, the Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, & Kenya. The colonial boundaries created by Britain to delimit Uganda grouped together a wide range of ethnic groups with different political systems and cultures. English is the official language of the educated in Uganda, but some estimate there are approximately 40 or more languages spoken throughout the country.
The people of Uganda are resilient beautiful individuals who value relationships. Most adults have seen much devastation throughout their lives having experienced the horrific reign of Idi Amin Dada in the 70's, the devastating results of the AIDs epidemic, and the violence caused by the Civil war with a rebel army the LRA. There is a continued culture of poverty, single-parent families, alcoholism, and various false religions promising wealth and health.
As a result of both conflict and AIDs
48% of the population is under 14 years of age
70% of the population is under 25 years of age
This represents both a great need in Uganda to come alongside the youth; but also an amazing opportunity to develop and prepare them to be the future leaders of Uganda.
In a developing country it is often hard to get solid data that accurately reflects the reality in rural isolated areas, but a recent study in Uganda suggests that 67% of Ugandans are living in poverty with some living on less than $1.25 USD a day, and others living on less than $2.40 a day. If you are the curious sort you may view more statistical data about Uganda Here
About the Region We Currently Work In: Bundibugyo District (population 265,000) is one of the poorest districts in Uganda, lies squeezed between the Congo (DRC) border and the towering Rwenzori mountain range, effectively isolated from the rest of the world. The word Bundibugyo itself means “the end of the road.” Geographic isolation and rebel warfare have kept Bundibugyo District underdeveloped compared to the rest of Uganda.
“African Christianity has established itself as a truly potent force, both on the continent and even on a global level… In many countries, the Church has established itself as the only effective social organization that can bring reconciliation among ethnic groups and cope with many of the economic, health and education challenges in collapsing societies…
Discipleship is rightly being addressed as Africa’s greatest challenge. The growth of Christianity has been sensational, but the follow-up has traditionally been lacking. Non-Christian customs and worldviews permeate the Church. Syncretism is a major problem in many areas. Thorough repentance and renunciation of sin and the works of darkness are often lacking, and many Christians are not free from the influence of witchcraft and evil spirits…
Leadership Training is recognized as the critical bottleneck. Leaders are in short supply at every level—for village congregations, for the urban educated, for theological training, for missionary endeavor and for national-level leadership.”
-From the Africa Profile, Operation World, 7th Edition, pg. 36-37