World Renew has been working in Uganda since 1982.
Known as the “pearl of Africa”, Uganda is a beautiful country with varied landscapes. Over 80% of the population is rural, and almost 50% is 15 years of age or younger. Although the country has greatly reduced monetary poverty over the past 5 years, it still faces hurdles in improving sanitation, electricity and education access, and child health.
Peace and Justice
Partners In Uganda
Pentecostal Assemblies of God – North Teso Pastorate
North Teso Pastorate through her development department ( Katakwi integrated development organization – KIDO) serves rural families of the Iteso ethnic group living in Katakwi and Amuria districts with a total population of 436,154 people. Some continue to be affected by violent Karamojong cattle rustling raids and the aftermath of the even more violent and widespread incursions of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels from mid 2003 to early 2004. More recently much of the region has been hit by floods and drought (2007 and 2008). The Iteso culture is based on cattle, and cattle are also used for plowing fields, so the loss of these farm animals has had a severe impact on the local culture, morale and economy.
The Pastorate is carrying out or has carried out the following programs:
- Food security through animal husbandry, providing training and credit for purchase of goats
- Food security through crop production, providing training and credit for planting of improved groundnut seeds and cassava cuttings
- Conflict resolution training for PAG pastors from the Iteso and Karamojong ethnic groups in Amuria, Katakwi and Moroto districts
- HIV/AIDS response programs, including:
- Training of PAG pastors in compassionate HIV/AIDS response to church and community members infected, affected, and at risk
- Palliative care
- Food security assistance to groups of participants living with HIV/AIDS by providing them with training and credit for improved seed, goats, oxen, and plows
- A beekeeping and agro-forestry program designed to provide people infected or affected by AIDS with a new source of income while also protecting and improving the environment.
Pentecostal Assemblies of God- Kaberamaido Pastorate
Kaberamaido Pastorate through her development arm- Kaberamaido Mission development Programme (KMDP) serves rural families living in the Kaberamaido district with a total population of 213,374, the majority being members of the Kumam ethnic group but also including Iteso. Kaberamaido district was severely impacted by the Teso insurgency of 1986 to 1992 and by Karamojong cattle raids during this time. More recently much of the population was displaced by violent LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) incursions in late 2003 and early 2004. The Kumam culture is tied to cattle rearing, and the loss of these animals has had a negative impact on the culture and economy of the district.
KMDP is carrying out the following programs:
- Functional adult literacy
- Savings and credit through self-help groups
- Food security through crop production, providing training and credit for planting of improved seed and cassava cuttings and citrus
Pentecostal Assemblies of God- Kabale Pastorate through her development department – Kabale People of Purpose (POP)
PAG Kabale POP serves people living in the Kigezi region of southwest Uganda near the border with Rwanda. This is a rural but densely populated mountainous region that is experiencing reduced soil fertility and size of landholdings. Communities along the international highway leading to Rwanda have felt the heavy impact of HIV/AIDS.
PAG Kabale envisions “A healthy Committed Fellowship of Pentecostal Churches Holistically Transforming Communities for Christ in Western Uganda and beyond. The mission of PAG Kabale is “To reach out to nations for Christ, multiplying disciples and holistically touching communities with the love of God.
PAG Kabale and World Renew partnership started in 2006.
In the community, PAG Kabale through the Community Development Department (CDD) focuses on empowering communities, demonstrating the love of God in the community with the ultimate impact of holistic transformation. Current programs and activities implemented by PAG Kabale include:
- HIV/AIDS Program with a focus on HIV and AIDS prevention, care and support
- Agriculture and Food security with emphasis on promotion of Conservation agriculture
- Church and Community Mobilization using the Participatory Evaluation Process (PEP) methodology
- Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Program (focus on Psychosocial Care and support)
- Livelihoods program – mobilization of communities and promotion of Village Saving Loan (VSL)
In addition to these community development activities, there is a church to church partnership between Kabale town church and Bethany CRC of Bellflower, California.
The Nebbi planning and development office (DPDO) is the development arm of Nebbi diocese and covers two districts of Nebbi and Zombo with a total population of 625,588 ( 2014 National housing and population census). These districts share an international border with Democratic Republic of Congo in the West. The planning and development office mobilizes resources so the diocese can meet the social and community development obligations and shapes the direction of the plans and activities of the diocese. The planning and development office oversees the implementation of the social and community development programs by the Archdeaconry planning and development Committees (APDCs). As of December 2014 there are five APDCs that provide supervisory support to various projects that engage ninety-nine self help groups for youths, men and women in thirty-three villages of eight parishes .
Program areas this office and the committees are involved in include:
- Agriculture and Food sovereignty – Conservation Agriculture practices and better agronomical practices for better crop yields.
- Community building through self help group initiatives, Enterprise promotion for increased household income village Savings and loans (VSLs), environmental conservation practices such as Bee keeping and tree planting
- Women empowerment and gender equity for better community capacity building
- Health promotion through Malaria control, HIV/AIDS Awareness and Prevention
- Organizational capacity building
Diocese of Northern Uganda
The Diocese of Northern Uganda in partnership with World Renew serves communities in the two districts of Gulu and Nwoya in the central part of the Greater Acholi region in Northern Uganda. These districts were the epicenter of a 20 year vicious insurgency by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebel groupand have a total population of 571,824 (2014 Housing and Population census). Over 85% of the population in these two districts lived in internally displaced peoples’ camps (IDPs) for two decades. These have gradually resettled in their original areas since peace returned to the area in 2006. The planning and development office is the social and community development arm of the Diocese. The focus of World Renew work in the diocese is with two Archdeaconry planning and development Committees of Anaka (Purongo sub county and Ajulu(Patiko subcounty). The committees at this level provide oversight and guidance of program implementation for greater level of ownership. The planning and development office has been in operation since 2004 after the return of peace in Northern Uganda
The programs being carried out in these Archdeaconries include:
- Enhancing Agriculture and food sovereignty (introduction of animal traction, to expand on land under cultivation, Farmer Field schools provision of high yielding seed varieties and training on better agronomic practices
- Community building through promotion of Village savings and loans(VSLs) and Enterprise promotion for increased household income
- Community infrastructure rehabilitation (Facilitating community efforts in rehabilitation and opening up of community access roads in Villages).
- Connecting the indigenous church with sister churches outside Uganda
- Organizational capacity building