Why Kamuli?

Nestled in a rural area approximately 80 miles from the capital city of Kampala, Kamuli is difficult to travel to, and social services in the district are poor.  

Uganda is a proud African country with beautiful landscapes and rich soil. Although the land is fertile, Ugandans are among the world’s poorest people with an average income of $1.20 a day. With a drop-out rate of 62% in primary education, many children never emerge past elementary education; and because of the burden of rising school fees (even in free public school), some never attend school at all. Many kids often have to study all day on an empty stomach.  In rural areas 80% of the homes are child-reared, meaning that children are either raising themselves and younger siblings, or are the sole providers for income within the family.   

KEY FACTS about UGANDA

Poverty

• 25% of Ugandans live on less than $1.20/day

• 50% of population is under 15 years old.

• 1 in 4 children are employed into child labor.

• 1 in 10 girls are married by age 15.

Health

• 320 Ugandans die each day from Malaria.

• A quarter of Ugandans lack access to safe drinking water.

• 1 in 14 children die before their 5th birthday.  

• Over half of the children that die, die as a result of malaria, diarrhea, and pneumonia which can be easily treated and prevented by medication and mosquito nets.

Education

•Class sizes are usually between 70-150 children in public school.

•Although 96% of children were enrolled in primary school in 2010, only 54% completed P7 (7th grade).

• Only a quarter of 13 to 18 year olds complete primary school.

• The majority of students enrolled in higher institutions are males.

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