A plate of food in Bidibidi
When Angelo's family arrived in Uganda, they were given a small plot of land from which to begin their new and uncertain lives in a new country. Theirs was one of the first refugee families to live in what is now one of the largest refugee settlements in the world—Bidibidi.
Angelo attributes the relative calm and happiness in his household to two things: God and food. Although almost a quarter of a million people receive food from World Vision and the World Food Programme in this settlement, Angelo’s perspective of food is different from others'. To him, food is much more than just a meal.
Print-rich classrooms support early learning in Uganda
Print-rich classrooms use locally available materials like banana fibers, polythene bags, plastic bottles, bottle tops, wood, boxes, paper, and glue to enhance children's learning. The materials are covered with polythene paper so that they are protected from dust and have a longer shelf life.
Even if the teacher is not in class, learning is continuous with these charts displayed. Everywhere you look, you can read, learn, or remind yourself of something. So when teachers come, we share what we learnt in their absence. Learning is more fun, and my performance has improved compared to the past years. I can now spell words using sounds.
Farmers reap big from FMNR and tree planting
FMNR is an easy, low-cost way for farmers to increase the number of trees in their fields from rootstock or seeds dispersed through animal manure. Rashid is a passionate proponent of FMNR. His love for trees seems to be the primary reason for his involvement in the land regeneration practices.
He sees great value both for the environment and aesthetics of the community, which has seen several deforestation and degradation partly attributed to the South Sudan refugee influx.
Safer deliveries for women: Equipping Uganda’s hospitals to provide quality maternal care
Although Uganda has made progress in reducing maternal deaths over the last decade, it still has a high maternal mortality rate, with 336 maternal deaths for every 100,000 live births. However, attitudes toward home births—often a risky situation for women in labour—are changing.
Nexus-based programming takes shape in Uganda refugee response
Protracted conflict and instability in South Sudan leave little hope that South Sudanese refugees will soon be able to return home safely. To date, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is not recommending returns to South Sudan and is unlikely to do so until there is lasting peace in the country.
In this context, strategies to support greater self-reliance and resilience for refugees in Uganda over the longer term are a logical response for the government, its development partners, and implementing organisations.
Motorised water system relieves more than 34,000 people including refugees with disabilities
Imagine competing for contaminated river water with animals. Now, imagine trying to do it with a disability. Two years ago, that was life for some South Sudanese refugees in Omugo Settlement in Terego District.
Collecting water was a challenge for everyone. Every day, people lugged heavy jerrycans filled with polluted water from the River Enyau to use at home.
World Vision Uganda seeks to address causes and effects of poverty through development, relief and advocacy. Over 128,633 registered children benefit from World Vision Uganda’s work. World Vision Uganda is able to provide educational support, construct and equip schools and health centres, train health workers and farmers, participate in advocacy campaigns, distribute improved crop varieties and animal breeds, and provide clean and safe water.
World Vision Uganda started in 1986 to offer relief and resettlement packages and to help reconstruct districts in central Uganda ravaged by the 1981-1986 war. Development work was added on with the initiation of Community Development Projects (CDPs) in central, southern, western and West Nile regions between 1987 and 1995.
Projects based on grants were also started to cover different sectors including water and sanitation, HIV and AIDS, food security, feeder roads, psychosocial support and peace building. Expansion in geographical areas and in activities has been based on need.
World Vision Uganda operates in more than 50 districts, with 47 Area Development Programmes (ADPs).