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Country background

Uganda is a landlocked country situated in East Africa. bordered by Kenya, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Tanzania. The official language is English, and there is a population of 39 million people, half of which are younger than 15 years old, which is also the median age. Uganda has the fifth highest total fertility rate in the world.

The country gained independence from Britain in 1962, and has since suffered military coups, civil war and military dictatorship. The leader is Yoweri Museveni, whose National Resistance Movement have been in power since 1986. The country's main exports are coffee and tobacco.


• 39 million people, with half younger than 15

• Life expectancy: 59

• Poverty headcount ratio as of 2012: 20%

• HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 7%

• Government education expenditure as a % of GDP: 2.2%

• Literacy: 78% of people aged 15 and older can read and write

Our Ugandan partners


Alpha Childcare Community Development (ACCOD) was our first partner in Uganda, and started by working with us to support children orphaned by HIV/AIDS go to school. In 2019, Lessons for Life is supporting ACCOD’s programme to increase education access for vulnerable children by funding children's school fees, scholastic materials and hygiene packs for girls. This year we are also providing direct school support through teacher engagement including capacity building and provision of food to encourage effective and continuous teaching in schools.


Child Aid Uganda (CHAU) was established in 2004 by a group of advocates and professionals in response to the needs of HIV and AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children. CHAU supports children through primary, secondary and higher education. In 2019, we are supporting CHAU as they increase access to quality education through provision of school fees, materials, hygiene packs and food for children. CHAU also provide emergency financial support for families in need. We are also supporting the building of two latrine blocks and a classroom refurbishment.


Redearth Education seeks to empower local teachers in Uganda, who are committed to working with local government, to improve education standards and learning outcomes for all children by providing teachers with training and supporting and recognising teacher’s achievements. In 2019, Lessons for Life will fund Redearth’s programme in Masindi, Uganda which is focused on improving practice in literacy and numeracy, underpinned by the development of good practice in teaching and learning methodology.