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Uganda is a landlocked country in east Africa. It is bordered to the east by Kenya, to the north by South Sudan, to the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the southwest by Rwanda and to the south by Tanzania. Uganda is the world’s second most populous landlocked country after Ethiopia. The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, shared with Kenya and Tanzania. Uganda is in the African Great Lakes region. Uganda also lies within the Nile basin, and has a varied but generally a modified equatorial climate.

  • Capital: Kampala
  • Population: 42.86 million
  • Language: Swahili and English
  • Bird-watchers from around the world flock to Uganda. It is home to 1,061 bird species

Our History in Uganda

In 1988, FH began working in Uganda with a focus on meeting the long-neglected physical and spiritual needs of prisoners and prison staff. In 1990, FH, in partnership with UNICEF, began a water and sanitation project in the northern districts of Apac and Lira. By 1992, FH was engaging in an agriculture program for the resettled herdsmen from Luwero who had been moved to the Mburo resettlement scheme in Western Uganda shortly after the war in the 1980s. Many children were orphaned by the war and living with family members or friends causing additional financial strain on the community. This gave rise to the child development program, which later extended to the Lira, Kitgum, Mpigi, Kapchorwa, Mukono, Mbale, Kumi and Soroti districts. Since then, FH has focused efforts on doing long-term development work with a focus on livelihoods, education, health and HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support.

Stories From Uganda

Nutrition Training Saves the Lives of New Mothers

After fleeing violence in South Sudan as a refugee, Sharon found herself about to begin another life-changing journey: becoming a new mother. And although Sharon’s pregnancy was filled with all the joy and excitement that comes with bringing a new life into the world, dangers abounded, too. Living in extreme


Key Challenges

Around 34.6% of the population lives on less than $1.90 a day | around 1.4 million Ugandans suffer from HIV/AIDS | there are around 53,000 internally displaced people in northern Uganda

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Gift Policy:
You may send small, flat paper-based items that can fit into a standard #10 size envelope, have a value of less than $5 dollars and weigh less than 4 ounces. We ask that you send small, flat items of this size because shipping is expensive and even small gift items can cause issues clearing customs.
You can send postcards or photographs, however, we ask that you visit here for more details about culturally appropriate guidelines for photos and other images. Please write the child’s ID # on the back of each item that you enclose with your letter to ensure that it reaches him/her.
Best gifts to send your sponsored child:
  • Paper dolls
  • Postcards
  • Pictures of yourself or family
  • Sports cards, individual cards (baseball, soccer, football)
  • Stickers (flat, paper-based, only a few at a time)
  • Paper-based simple bookmarks, stationery, drawing, or writing paper (single sheets)
  • Coloring pages (single sheets, not books)
  • Please do NOT send:
  • Monetary gifts
  • Liquids, candy, or food
  • Batteries or magnets
Please note, all items should be compliant with airline transport and safety regulations. Gifts that don’t meet the gift policy will be donated to a local Christian non-profit organization in Phoenix, Arizona, that works with low-income families. We will not be able to return them.