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Uganda

Take a tour of Nyalakot!

The people of Nyalakot, Uganda want to welcome you to their community! Visit their village!
Take a tour of Nyalakot!
The people of Nyalakot, Uganda want to welcome you to their community! Visit their village!

Basic Indicators

Source: UNICEF: The State of the World's Children Report

Population: 32,710,000 (2009)
National language: English, Luganda
Per capita income: US$ 460/year (2009)
Life expectancy: 53 years (2009)
% of population using
improved drinking water sources:
67% (2008)
% of population using
adequate sanitation facilities:
48% (2008)
Under 5 Mortality Rate: 128/1,000 live births (2009) 

Uganda's response to the HIV and AIDS pandemic is frequently cited as one of the most appropriate, innovative, and successful in the fight against AIDS.

Sponsor a child today!Slightly smaller than Oregon, Uganda is located in Eastern Africa on the northern shore of Lake Victoria and south of Sudan. Human rights abuses and an ongoing armed conflict in the northern areas of the country have restricted economic development and affect the daily lives of the citizens.

Nearly 80 percent of Ugandans work in commercial or subsistence-level farming. The most important crops are coffee, tea, tapioca and potatoes. Fertile soil and regular rainfall make agriculture a productive enterprise. The country also has sizeable reserves of copper and cobalt, although these industries are largely undeveloped.

Plan works in Uganda with more than 39,700 sponsored children and their families, focusing on inclusive campaigns against HIV and AIDS, improving food security, and promoting the rights of the child. Except in emergency situations, Plan does not provide direct assistance. Instead, we help communities develop, grow and, ultimately, support themselves.

Hear from the children

An essential part of Plan's work is empowering children to discuss the issues that matter to them and to take part in decisions that affect their lives. To help you learn about these issues, the children in Plan communities have put together a series of publications called "See Our World": Read what the children have to say about their lives.