Uganda Program Updates

Program Updates for USAID Uganda

Last updated: December 13, 2018

November 29, 2018

Sixteen-year-old Lisa did not know the value of interaction with peers until she joined the Ariel Club. In a small village of Kayonza in southwestern Uganda, Lisa, a middle school student, lives with her grandmother. She didn’t know that she was born with HIV until she was twelve years old. “At first it was very hard. I always felt sick, I never interacted with other children at school and never participated in any extracurricular activities,” she says.

November 28, 2018

While a teenager in rural Mbale, Sylvia experienced her parents’ divorce. With no secure social support, she lost her teen years to turmoil. “When my parents divorced, it was horrible,” says Sylvia. “Our family broke up. My siblings stayed with different relatives. It was brutal as a teenager trying to find a place in my community.”

October 17, 2018

The U.S. government and the American people are demonstrating their continued support for the refugee response in Uganda with nearly $83 million in additional humanitarian assistance by the end of the U.S. fiscal year 2018.  This new funding includes a $40 million contribution to the United Nations World Food Programme, a $29 million contribution to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and nearly $14 million to support the work of other international and non-governmental organizations.  Including this new funding, the U.S. provided a total of $139 million in fiscal year 2018 in support of the Uganda refugee response.

August 28, 2018

Few industries have the power to transform a country in the way that extraction does.  The wealth that lies beneath our feet can power industries the world over and unlock massive amounts of capital.  In the United States, the gold and oil rushes of the 19th century still resonate today.  And just as in every country that has experienced that sort of dynamic, those effects have been positive and negative, and utterly transformative in ways that are almost beyond understanding.  As Uganda prepares to deepen its development in the oil and gas sector and other extractives industries, it faces great opportunity and profound responsibility.

August 15, 2018

As educators, you all know how critical reading skills are to establishing the foundations for successful learning and supporting development. Those skills enable the wonder and joy that can come through education, and they are best acquired at an early age. Albert Einstein made the point in a beautiful expression as follows: “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”  As teachers, educators, administrators and policy makers, we owe it to our young learners to help them acquire the spark that unleashes their creative spirits and talents.