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Uganda, the so-called “pearl of Africa“, is one of the better developed nations in the east of the continent, but twenty years of civil war in the north of the country have left their mark. On top of this, the country is burdened with massive numbers of refugees from the neighbouring countries of Congo and South Sudan. The official position of the government is that Uganda needs to help its neighbours in need, and accept refugees into its own villages and communities. The regions affected by this phenomenon, however, are also often suffering from drought, a lack of drinking water, and other structural weaknesses.

Malteser International has been working in Uganda since 1996. The focus of our work is in bringing aid to refugees, primarily in the north of the country, as well as in the fields of health and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene). Our team in the regional office in Kampala also provides logistical support to our projects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan and Kenya.


Lent 2020: Growing Hope in Uganda

Uganda has lost more than half of its entire forest cover due to tree-cutting for firewood, timber and charcoal in the last 25 years. We are promoting environment conservation in northern Uganda by planting trees and promoting sustainable income opportunities. 101,000 trees have already been planted, but help is still needed to restore the region's ecosystem.

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Eco-friendly construction is bringing hope to refugees and youths in Uganda

Uganda is home to some 1.3 million refugees. The arrival of refugees has had a strong impact on the environment and the labor market of the country. A high demand for construction timber and firewood for new settlements has resulted in massive environmental degradation as millions of trees have been cut down. The influx could also worsen the situation of youth unemployment and put pressure on an already poor social infrastructure, threatening social cohesion and future economic growth in the country. With our partner Impact Building Solutions Foundation, a Ugandan social entreprise, we are providing zero-carbon building alternatives while creating job and training opportunities. 

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Uganda: Eco-friendly classrooms in Rhino camp

In the face of a changing climate, the importance of sustainable building practices cannot be overstated. In partnership with Impact Building Solutions Foundation (IBSF), a social enterprise working to produce sustainable alternatives in construction, Malteser International recently completed the construction of a carbon-neutral high school building in the Rhino refugee settlement in northern Uganda.

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Tumalu's story

A brutal civil war has forced more than a million people from South Sudan to seek refuge in neighbouring Uganda since 2013. Many have witnessed and experienced violence of all sorts. In the midst of this crisis, 25-year-old Tumalu picks her way into the future. 

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Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel in Rhino Camp

German Foreign Minister Sigmar visits Malteser International's project in Rhino Camp, northern Uganda. The refugee settlement is currently home to over 200,000 refugees, mostly from South Sudan.
Malteser International provides clean drinking water for the refugees in the settlement, and also implements hygiene measures to reduce the spread of sickness.

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Our work in Uganda

Malteser International Locations:
Kampala, Arua

Daniela Krings
Email: daniela.krings(at)malteser-international.org

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