Where We Work: Uganda
War. As part of Africa’s longest-running war (spanning two decades and four countries), the conflict between the government of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has been devastating. To date, more than 25,000 Ugandan children have been forced to fight for the LRA, and it is estimated that 90% of LRA soldiers were abducted as children. Without protection, there is little doubt that orphans and other vulnerable children risk a similar fate.
HIV/AIDS. Only nine countries in the world have a higher rate of HIV/AIDS, and nearly half of the 2.7 million orphans in Uganda have lost their parents to this disease. Many of these children are HIV+, having contracted the virus during pregnancy or through breastfeeding.
Extreme Weather. Persistent heavy rains have displaced hundreds of thousands in eastern Uganda, and the situation is getting out of hand in some districts as heavy rainfall triggers water-logging and flooding. Hundreds of people have died in mudslides and many more lives are at risk, thousands of families will go without meals after crops rotted in the fields, and huts are collapsing leaving many homeless.
What We're Doing. 100X Development has partnered with Impact Ministries, based in Uganda. Impact Ministries was founded by Pastor Patrick Okabe in 1999 and is currently caring for 710 children that have been orphaned because of war or HIV/AIDS. Because of the great work Impact is doing, 100X will be working to help them serve even more children. Every child receives meals, education, school uniforms, supplies, and medical care. Although every child sleeps under a net, Malaria is the most common ailment, and because so many children at Impact are also living with HIV/AIDS they need close attention and good nutrition.