Uganda is a landlocked country in East-Central Africa, bordered by five countries, including the DRC and Kenya where Voss Foundation works. The country is approximately twice the size of the state of Oregon. Uganda lies almost entirely in the Nile River Basin, and a large portion of Lake Victoria rims the southeast border.

In the late 1800s, Great Britain colonized Uganda, imposing boundaries that grouped citizens of varying languages, cultural practices, and political systems. The long-term effects of colonization made it extremely difficult for the nation to transition to a peaceful democratic state or stabilized economy. Since its independence in 1962, Uganda has endured a series of violent internal and regional conflicts including the dictatorship of Idi Amin, and a bloody civil war between the government and Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in the north, which continues today. Thousands of Ugandans died during this internal war, and millions of citizens were displaced. These conflicts resulted in a ruined economy and, coupled with the AIDS crisis, left the nation with millions of orphans.

Uganda remains one of the poorest nations in the world, with nearly a fourth of its population living beneath the poverty line. Water and sanitation are of primary concern for development. According to the Joint Monitoring Program’s 2015 report, 21% of the total population and 24% of the rural population still lack access to an improved water supply while 33% and 26%, respectively, remain without access to an improved sanitation facility. With a rapid increase in population growth coupled with a move toward urbanization, the strain on pre-existing infrastructure will also increase.

Voss Foundation started working in Uganda in 2014.


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