Uganda

Save the Children is one of the largest child-focused NGOs in Uganda, covering a wide geographical area and a range of thematic areas, and impacting over 1.5 million children.

Deep-seated poverty and decades of violent political instability dating back to 1966 took their toll on the country but since 1996 there has been peace, creating an opportunity for long-term development.

Save the Children works with key child rights stakeholders including children themselves, civil society organisations, communities, government and the media, to improve the lives of children throughout the country.

We strive to develop and implement durable solutions that will benefit children and their communities, including improving healthcare systems, increasing access to quality basic education, and increasing capacity to respond to emergencies.

new research by Save the Children

10% of children arriving in Uganda say they were raped as they fled DR Congo's brutal conflict.

The assessment — which interviewed 132 refugee children aged 10-17 about their protection and education needs — also found that hunger was the biggest issue facing children on their journey fleeing the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), affecting 81%. Sickness affected more than 1 in 2 children (53%) along the way, and a quarter of children interviewed said they were assaulted by armed groups as they fled (27%). Read the full research.

Education cannot wait

When militia attacked Daniel’s village in South Sudan, gunning down people around him and abducting his father, he ran to his school to grab his science book before fleeing. He then walked for two days, crossing the Ugandan border wearing a torn t-shirt and no shoes, still clinging to his book and a desire to learn.

Daniel is back at school, in Bidi Bidi, Uganda – one of the largest refugee settlements in the world, home to over a quarter of a million people. But the school’s few classrooms are chronically overcrowded and there is an average of just one teacher for every 107 pupils. The teachers are struggling with too many children and not enough resources. Daniel is caught up in an education emergency in Uganda; the country now hosts more than 740,000 refugee children, most of whom have fled brutal violence in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Education Cannot Wait (ECW) is the first global fund dedicated to transforming the delivery of education in emergencies. Save the Children played a key role in establishing ECW in 2016 and represents civil society on its High-Level Steering Group and Executive Committee. We also receive funds from ECW for our vital programme work.

We are leading an NGO consortium of 17 partners for ECW in Uganda for a $10.6 million, 12-month programme to help 100,000 refugee and host community children get a decent education. Launched in September 2018, it will be the first programme of a wider three-year government-led plan, which we strongly advocated for and helped design, aiming to reach 567,000 children.

Daniel*, budding scientist, at his desk at school, Bidi Bidi camp, Uganda

Daniel*, budding scientist, at his desk at school, Bidi Bidi camp, Uganda

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