Often described as the "Pearl of Africa," Uganda is defined by its rich culture, diverse flora and fauna, and engaging people. Despite these natural advantages, Uganda continues to face serious development challenges resulting from a protracted civil war, a devastating AIDS pandemic, and transgenerational poverty.
Catholic Relief Services Uganda fosters sustained development solutions by working with and through local partners, specifically the Ugandan Catholic Church, to help Ugandans identify and address the root causes of poverty and injustice affecting their lives.
CRS Uganda staff members are based in Kampala with some project staff based in Bukwo, on the border with Kenya. CRS Uganda's core program areas are agriculture, microfinance, water and sanitation, youth empowerment and peacebuilding. Capacity strengthening for both staff and local partners is a central theme across all programs.
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|Population:||33,640,833 (July 2012 est.)|
|Size:||93,065 sq. mi.; slightly smaller than Oregon|
|People Served:||4,520,003 (July 2012 est.)|
Catholic Relief Services' presence in Uganda began in 1965 as an emergency relief effort of CRS Kenya to assist Sudanese refugees fleeing their country. Relief assistance continued throughout the 1980's as Rwandan and Congolese refugees flowed into Uganda to escape internal conflicts. In 1995 CRS established an office in Kampala to better assist the Ugandan people as armed conflict broke out between the Lord's Resistance Army rebel group and the government of Uganda. Today, CRS works with and through our local partners to design and implement programs that provide sustainable and scalable solutions for poor and marginalized communities.