Uganda is known as the ‘Pearl of Africa’ and is renowned for its beautiful scenery, notoriously friendly people and the array of incredible wildlife including the world famous Mountain Gorillas.
But most recently Uganda has become known for hosting one of the world’s largest refugee populations. Over 60% of these refugees are children and more than half of them are not in school. Elsewhere in Uganda there are 15,000 children living and working on the streets, missing out on their childhood and education. Street Child is working closely with our local partners to change this.
Supporting our partners on capacity building is at the heart of our current operations. We bring our expertise from across the globe and combine it with their exhaustive local knowledge to build the skills, knowledge and tools needed to improve the quality and capacity of their organisation. We are also in the initial stages of implementing our pilot project in the refugee settlements in Northern Uganda, providing a holistic education programme to children, families and teachers.
How you can make an impact.
As a volunteer in Uganda you play an integral role in supporting our local partners and Street Child team. Volunteers lead our capacity building in Uganda working with our partners to enable them to strengthen and grow their organisation so they can support more vulnerable children and families. Volunteers also provide programmes support to the Street Child Uganda team from initial stages of research, project conception and grant writing up to implementation - helping us to create sustainable and impactful projects.
Capital City: Kampala
Population: 40 Million +
Climate: Uganda has a tropical climate and 2 rainy seasons: March - May and October - November, with the hottest months being December and January.
Language: There are 40 languages spoken today in Uganda, depending on which region you are in. English is the official language with Lugandan being the most widely spoken in the capital, Kampala.
Food: Food in Uganda ranges from the Ugandan favourites of posho, matoke, rolex and kikomando to the tastiest mango, pineapple, passionfruit and avocado you will ever eat. And Kampala does not disappoint when it comes to international cuisines, with some of the best Indian and Italian restaurants around.
Life in Uganda.
Volunteers live together in a guest house, 20 minutes from the centre of the city, in a quiet area and in walking distance to restaurants and bars, supermarkets and even a swimming pool. At the guest house each volunteer has a basic room and bathroom to themselves, with a shared living space, where breakfast is served each morning and then volunteers' commute to work is simply a walk across the compound garden to our office. In the evenings volunteers spend their time either relaxing at the guest house, playing sport or exploring what Kampala has to offer.
Kampala has been dubbed the best city to live in in East Africa and it does not disappoint. Whether it's music, sport, food or adventures you're keen on there is always something to do. And with safaris, waterfalls, and the source of the Nile within reaching distance, volunteers are spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding what to do during time off.
Head over to Street Child’s main website to discover more about our work in Uganda: