Uganda is a small, landlocked country located on the equator in East Africa. Its beautiful and diverse landscapes make Uganda known as the Pearl of Africa.
Facts about Uganda:
Although the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and Ugandan government reached a ceasefire in 2006, the conflict and violence has left a mark on Uganda’s northern districts. More than 30,000 children were abducted by the LRA to train as soldiers, and about 1.8 million people fled their homes to escape the violence.
High unemployment rates and food insecurity face most Ugandans, especially in rural areas. About 19.7 percent of the population lives below the poverty line. Many communities face chronic hunger, and the World Food Program estimates that over 30 percent of children are stunted from malnutrition.
Health concerns also threaten Ugandans. Malaria, respiratory infections, and diarrhea are primary causes of death among children. More than 1,486,600 people are living with HIV and AIDS and more than 1.2 million children have lost one or both parents to this disease.
Many families in areas of Uganda where WEI works are unable to provide for their basic daily needs, which traps people in the cycle of poverty. The result is that children can be forced into extreme child labor situations, and are often deprived of access to education since their help is needed at home to help provide for the family. Women, for various reasons, can be forced, coerced or defrauded into prostitution. Women can find it next to impossible to leave this lifestyle once trapped in it, because of corruption, fear, and their lack of power.
WE International – Uganda provides ways for people to respond to poverty and injustice by facilitating economic development through microfinance and entrepreneur training, education projects, and sustainable business development services. WEI-U also responds to human rights by child labor advocacy initiatives, and anti-trafficking programs
What WE are doing & how together WE can make a difference
WE International – Uganda, takes a holistic approach to reversing the cycle of poverty in Uganda. Building relationships through economic and community development projects, WE are making a difference. WE give women opportunity apart from prostitution, WE sponsor children’s educations, We empower families through microfinance and train entrepreneurs.
Through WEI business development services, WEI has given out hundreds of microloans, with a 100% pay back rate by its clients. We take time getting to know our loan clients and truly invest in them. Success breeds success; if one person succeeds, families succeed, and communities succeed!
WE International seeks to see lives changed, emotionally, spiritually, economically, and physically.
You can help by giving financially, sponsoring a child’s school fees, volunteering to go on a trip, providing a microloan, conducting a skill-specific workshop, and/or hosting a fundraising event to help us change lives.