Straddling the equator in East Africa, Uganda earned the nickname “Pearl of Africa.” During the civil wars of the 70’s and the 80’s, Uganda suffered great losses in both economic and social capital. Since 1986, Uganda has had relative peace and stability in most parts of the country—with the exception of Northern Uganda— allowing the government to implement policies to stimulate economic development.
More than 85 percent of the population live in rural areas. Up to 49 percent of Uganda’s population are children under 15 years, and 1.8 million are orphans as a result of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and the civil strife experienced over the last two decades.
More than two-thirds of the total population is literate (76 percent men compared to 61 percent women). However, despite the significantly high levels of literacy, up to five million Ugandans above 10 years of age are illiterate.
Heifer's Work in Uganda
As a result of civil wars in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Uganda’s economy and agriculture was left in ruins. Heifer International began its operations in Uganda in 1982 following a request by the Church of Uganda to Heifer to rehabilitate post-Amin Uganda.
Heifer Uganda will contribute to ending world hunger and poverty and environmental degradation reflected by the following changes: increased household income, assets and national gDP; improved food security and nutrition; increased employment opportunities; improved maternal health and reduced child mortality through better nutrition for women and children and increased income; strong and organized cooperatives, associations and apex bodies; influencing policy at local, national, regional and international levels; reduced population growth; increased access to safe water; reduced effects of climate change such as carbon emissions; global warming; impacts of HIV/AIDS on human development mitigated and fair trade across countries; gender equity and women empowerment.
Key Services Heifer Provides:
Sustainable agricultural production: Integrated agriculture; gardening and agroecology
Post-harvest management and processing: Agribusiness
Market development: Value-chain development
Technology: Biogas; energy saving devices and Interlocking Soil Stabilized Blocks (ISSB)
Nutrition: Education in eating a balanced diet; breast-feeding; sanitation and household hygiene
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Dear Heifer International, The fifth grade class at Des Arc Elementary recently read the book Beatrice's Goat by Page McBrier, about a young girl in Uganda whose family was drastically improved because they were gifted a goat from Heifer International. The class decided instead of exchanging Christmas presents, they would like to try to collect enough money to purchase a goat and help those less fortunate. It is our hope that other classes as well as schools will follow suit and give to such a wonderful organization. With love, Des Arc Elementary 5th grade class
The chickens her grandmother received made it possible for her to care for Gladys and her 11 cousins who have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS.
On behalf of the Presbyterian United Church of Christ in LeMars, Iowa, I am writing with thanks for your wonderful organization! We had the privilege of using your cause and organization for our children's annual vacation bible school missions project. The students loved learning about all the ways you help families and communities. Our attendees raised over $500.00 to donate, and with the help of our church's Mission Commission, we recently donated in the amount of $630.00 to you! Click the title of this story to read more...
Pat Sayer-Handley volunteers for Heifer International in Sacramento, CA, pictured here with Irene Muwanguzi, Country Director for Uganda. When asked why she volunteers with Heifer, here's what Pat said: "Living through the 60's, I learned to question the effectiveness of organizations carrying out their mission. So when I was introduced to Heifer International, I examied the organization carefully. Were the programs creating self-reliant women and families? Were the programs working to care for the earth? The answers were 'yes' and Irene's leadership has helped me further my understanding of the work of Heifer International. I continue as an ardent supporter of Heifer International."
Mrs. Pincus' 3rd grade students at H.B. Brunner Elementary School raised almost $900 and they did it all on their own initiative! After reading the book "Give A Goat" by Jan Schrock, the students learned about Heifer International and found out they could donate money to people in Uganda who need food. In the end, the students raised an incredible $892.94.
I no longer behave like I used to, the way I used to handle my wife. Considering gender awareness, I have benefited from the project and our family relations have greatly improved.
Aol Josphine in Acet Central village, Uganda. She is a participant in Heifer International's Gulu Women Dairy Farmers project.
Heifer’s Uganda biogas project eases the workload of rural women and improves their health by providing a safe, renewable and cheap source of fuel.