International Assistance in Uganda
Why we are on site
Uganda is the country with the highest number of refugees in all of Africa. A total of around 1.2 million people live here, who come from the neighbouring countries of South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Eritrea. The majority of them are women and children who have fled violence and armed conflict. The refugees receive legally guaranteed protection, as well as the right to work and move around. In addition, they are allocated land that they can use for agricultural cultivation. However, these land parcels are usually not large enough to ensure an adequate supply of food. Due to the many additional areas of land for cultivation, the settlements often extend over very large areas. This makes it difficult to provide adequate supplies for the people living there.
What we achieve together with our partner organisations
Johanniter International Assistance has been active in Uganda since 2017. We support refugees as well as the local communities in the refugee settlements. In our projects, we teach the refugees about healthy nutrition and good hygiene practices in order to improve their living conditions. We also support people with disabilities by setting up self-help groups, where they receive training on the topics such as preventive health care, hygiene and good nutrition. They also have the opportunity to receive training and support in order to work together in savings and loan groups. This makes it easier for them to access loans for starting income-generating activities.