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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 the 60s took their toll, but since 1996 there has been peace, creating an opportunity for long-term development.

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


We train teachers and provide equipment and inclusive education opportunities. We also run early learning programmes for under-6s children and help older children return to education.

Health & Nutrition

We support rural clinics to improve maternal/newborn health with equipment, medicine and training. We run feeding programmes, promote breastfeeding, and provide sexual and reproductive health information.

Child Protection & Child Rights Governance

We help children know and demand their rights, and to raise their voices to people in power. 

Youth Livelihoods & Child Poverty

We help families escape the cycle of poverty, through a range of vocational training and equipping youth with the skills they need to earn a sustainable income.


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.

Page updated October 2021

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