Uganda

Uganda is home to fertile soils, ample rainfall and a number of vital natural resources which have helped the country’s economy remain relatively stable; yet a fifth of all Ugandans still lack access to clean water and live below the poverty line.

Photo by Rebke Klokke 

Approximately 72% of Uganda’s inhabitants are involved in agricultural activities as the country is home to fertile soils, ample rainfall and a number of vital natural resources which have helped Uganda’s economy remain relatively stable. Despite this, 21% of Ugandans still lack access to clean water and 20% live below the poverty line.

Uganda is a nation with a population of approximately 38 million located in Eastern Africa and bordered by South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Uganda gained independence from Britain in 1962, and was known for extreme instability through much of the 1980s and 1990s – especially under the oppressive dictator Idi Amin. Now, Uganda is much more stable and has gained strength economically, although increasing oppression of homosexuals and the long reign of Museveni and his “no-party system” are the cause of some international concern.

Photo by Rebke Klokke 

Our Work in Uganda

In Africa, The Hunger Project works to build sustainable community-based programs using the Epicentre Strategy. An epicentre is a dynamic centre of community mobilisation and action, as well as an actual facility built by community members. Through the Epicentre Strategy 15,000-25,000 people are brought together as a cluster of rural villages — giving villages more clout with local government than a single village is likely to have and increasing a community’s ability to collective utilise resources. The epicentre building serves as a focal point where the motivation, energies and leadership of the people converge with the resources of local government and non-governmental organisations. Over an eight-year period, an epicentre addresses hunger and poverty and moves along a path toward sustainable self-reliance, at which point it is able to fund its own activities and no longer requires financial investment from The Hunger Project.

Photo by Rebke Klokke 

Uganda has 11 epicentres which serve 494 villages in total, with a population of 287,807.

The Hunger Project has been working in Uganda since 1999 and is currently empowering community partners in 11 epicentre areas to end their own hunger and poverty. Through its integrated approach to rural development, the Epicentre Strategy, The Hunger Project is working with community partners to successfully access the basic services needed to lead lives of self-reliance and achieve internationally agreed-upon markers of success, such as the Sustainable Development Goals.

Check out satellite views of our epicentre sites in Uganda. See them here:

Ophelia is a nurse helping to extended the epicentre’s health outreach

Ophelia lives in Asenema, Ghana, where she works at the health centre. The work can be challenging but Ophelia enjoys her job as a nurse, especially as it allows her to create a a connection with members of her community. The number of clinic...

Grace took a microfinance bank loan, now her business is booming

Grace is a businesswoman living with her husband and six children in Asenema, Ghana. Since taking a microfinance loan, Grace has been able to build her business, which has gone from strength to strength and given her financial independence. Grace...

In Ghana, Seth is bringing positive change in his community

Seth has been engaged with The Hunger Project’s activities since they started in Obenyemi, Ghana.   He was one of the leaders who mobilized the community to start the construction of the epicentre with a clinic and a bank.  “Previously we were...

Teresa is empowering women and educating her community on HIV

Teresa and her husband live in Obeyemi, Ghana. Their children are all married and work in other villages.  Teresa has been involved with The Hunger Project since they started in her area, and she was actively involved in the construction of...

Alberta is a health education champion and an aspiring midwife

Alberta works at a health clinic located in the epicentre building in Obenyemi, Ghana. The distance from her workplace and home means that she spends two weeks working in Obenyemi and then travels to Accra for a weekend to see her husband. Alberta...

Thanks to her business, Rebecka is able to send her children to school

Rebecka is a farmer, and she processes and sells palm oil in Boti, Ghana. She is married and has five children.  Rebecka has participated in the microfinance programme implemented in her community by The Hunger Project. Thanks to this...

Abraham has grown his agricultural business, enabling his children to attend school

Abraham is a farmer, husband and farther living in Obenyemi, Ghana. The agriculture industry engages just over half of the country's labour force. The industry make up a large portion of Ghana's economy whilst also providing 90% of the country's...

Regina helped build an epicentre for her community in Ghana

Regina is divorced and lives with her two daughters, aged 14 and 21, outside Obenyemi, Ghana. Both her daughters are in education. Regina is a farmer and grows maize and ocher to support her family. She has joined The Hunger Project's microfinance...

Reforestation projects aim to reverse soil erosion in Ethiopia

In the Machakel region of north-eastern Ethiopia, at first glance, there doesn't seem to be much going on. In the rainy season, the grass grows well, and the hills are green. But if you look a little closer, you will see significant erosion on the...

In Senegal, Cheikh Diouf is working to end hunger in his community.

Cheikh Diouf from Ndié has been a member of the grain bank at Ndereppe Epicentre, Senegal, since the start of 2006. He has also become a member of the newly established farmers’ association. This has enabled him to provide his family with enough...