Uganda

Where we work

  • Karamoja: Amudat
  • Acholi: Nwoya, Pader, Agago
  • West Nile: Arua, Koboko, Moyo, Zombo, Nebbi
  • Returnees/former IDPs in Acholi and Amudat
  • South Sudanese refugees and host communities in West Nile
  • Food security & Livelihoods
  • Basic education
  • WASH

What we do in Uganda

For ZOA Uganda, 2016 was an ambitious year, with a diverse and innovative programme. We strengthened our relief operation in West Nile in response to the ongoing refugee crisis caused by devastating violence and hunger in South Sudan. We combined emergency interventions with longer-term recovery interventions. In the Rhino camp area, ZOA provided WASH support through water trucking, the construction of communal latrines and bath shelters and the installation of rainwater harvesting tanks. We also provided basic education support to both refugees and host communities, through permanent teacher housing, school feeding, school libraries, the provision of 300 go-to-school packages to extremely vulnerable pupils and 750 solar lights to school children and teachers.

Ugandan farmers suffer from the effects of El Niño, with prolonged drought and erratic rainfall, particularly in Amudat. We continued to serve former IDP communities in West Nile, Amudat and Acholi areas by supporting basic education, food security and agri-business, WASH and land security interventions. We also implemented the Dutch Embassy funded AgriSkills4You. 3,134 Farmers improved market-oriented production, and 1,516 youths are trained in agriculture. Sixty-nine farmers are providing on-farm apprenticeships and market links to school drop outs. Farmers have already increased their on-farm sales on average by 275 percent.

In 2017, we plan to expand our relief and recovery effort in West Nile, targeting the refugee settlements, as well as supporting the rural economy in the wider sub-region. We will also extend our work on land security in Acholi and West Nile, using the experiences from our pilot project in Nwoya. Furthermore, we will continue to work with farmers, going beyond production towards more commercial production. Last but not least we will work in education in Nwoya and Amudat, strongly supported and encouraged by the fundraising campaign organised by stichting Draagt Elkanders Lasten in 2016.