Teenage pregnancy does not mean the end for refugee girls in Uganda
COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdown led to a spike in the number of teenage pregnancy cases in refugee settlements where World Vision operates. Hundreds of adolescent girls like Rose and Joyce fell victims to teenage pregnancy and early marriage because of the closure of schools.
Although Uganda had the longest school shutdown in the world, affecting more than 10 million learners for nearly two years, all hope is not lost. World Vision is restoring hope to children on the move, especially teenage mothers, in refugee settlements in West Nile.
Rescuing and supporting children forced into illegal mining in Uganda
Behind lucrative business lurks a desperate daily battle for survival –child miners bearing the heaviest load. The impact of the work on a child's health and education is significant. Children are involved in mining work primarily due to poverty, lack of alternate opportunities and ignorance of the law prohibiting child work in the mines.
Learn what World Vision is doing to address the problem and how you can get involved.
Delilah survives malaria thanks to a community health worker
Children under five are one of the most vulnerable groups affected by malaria, and this was the case for three-year-old Delilah, who would have lost her life, had it not been for a Village Health Team (VHT) member trained by World Vision and its partners.
Based on Delilah's story and many others, World Vision believes that working with the VHT structure will help reduce the burden of common childhood illnesses such as malaria, diarrhoea, and pneumonia.
Bidibidi settlement in the eyes of World Vision staff five years later
In August 2021, the home to more than 270,000 refugees mostly from South Sudan marked five years since its establishment. In the aftermath of a disaster, children face many challenges. Working with the government, local organisations and corporations, and other entities, World Vision has protected refugee children from further injury, disease or neglect, and provided water, shelter, and household items as well as psychosocial support. Hear from our inspiring field staff.
Sponsorship provides Daphine's family with life-changing opportunity
Thanks to the support of her sponsor, Daphine's family was able to overcome economic hardships during a year when the entire world was thrown into panic surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Daphine is among 39 sponsored children in her community. With four more children benefiting for every child sponsored, you can be assured that your generosity and support will impact the lives of many vulnerable children by tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice.
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.
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).