Where We Work

We are currently focusing on the Kasese District of Uganda, but plan to extend our services to other areas within and outside the Rwenzori region. The Kasese District is part of the Rwenzururu Kingdom, which is coterminus with the Rwenzururu sub-region in of western Uganda.

The Kasese district lies along the equator and borders the districts of Kabarole, Ntoroko, and Bundibugyo in the north; Lake George and Kamwenge in the east; Rubirizi and Lake Edward in the south; and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the west.

~Luhwahwa Orphaned Children

Community Meeting for Orphans and Vulnerable Children Program

The district was formed in 1974 under the Provincial Administration of the Rwenzori district that was curved out of Tooro. Prior to this, it was part of Tooro kingdom, which comprised the present districts of Bundibugyo, Kabarole, Kyenjojo, Kamwenge, and Kasese. The district has been affected greatly by political instability and wars, which have greatly hindered the infrastructural development and related service.

With a mountainous terrain in the north and flat plains in the south, Kasese is famous for its beautiful scenery, including two of Uganda’s ten national parks: Queen Elizabeth National Park and Rwenzori Mountains National Park. Queen Elizabeth National Park is located around Lake Edward and Lake George; it has one of the most diverse bird populations in the world, is the most productive aquatic ecosystem on earth, and inhabits many mammals. Rwenzori National Park is home to Africa’s third highest mountain peak, as well as many waterfalls, lakes, and glaciers.

Like most districts in Uganda, the Kasese district is predominantly agricultural, with over 85% of the people relying on subsistence farming for survival, employment, and income. The people keep livestock, including cattle, goats, sheep, and pigs. Fishing activities also occur on Lake George, Lake Edward, and on smaller crater lakes in the district.

Kasese also has industrial potential, thanks to a number of industries (such as Hima Cement Factory, Kasese Cobalt Company, and Kilembe Mines) who have contributed greatly to the community by increasing employment opportunities for the population.

Kasese Municipality is the largest town and also serves as the business centre (with banks, supermarkets, etc). It is located approximately 559 kilometers west of Kampala, Uganda’s capital and largest city. Learn more about the Kasese District.

About Uganda

The republic of Uganda is a landlocked country located in East Africa and lies astride the equator sharing borders with Kenya to the east, Tanzania to the south, Rwanda to the southwest, the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west, and South Sudan to the north.

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Uganda has gained the title of ‘Pearl of Africa’ due to its significant natural resources, ample fertile land, favorable climate, mineral deposits, and regular rainfall, which ranges between 900 -1600 mm annually with two rainy seasons: relatively heavy rains from March through May and light rains from September through December. Temperatures normally range between 23.9ºC and 30ºC. Uganda’s topography ranges from tropical rainforest vegetation in the south to savannah woodlands and semi-arid vegetation in the north.

Uganda has a high population growth rate which is attributed to a high fertility rate, low prevalence of family planning methods, young marriage age for women (18 years old on average), and the high influx of refugees. The high population growth rate is undermining efforts to boost economic growth, achieve universal education, reduce mortality, and improve health.

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The majority of the Ugandan population depends on subsistence farming and light agro-based industries for livelihoods and survival. The predominantly agricultural activities generate nearly 40% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), 70-80% of export earnings, almost all domestic food requirements, and most of the raw materials required in local industries. However, economic decline has left Uganda among the poorest and least developed countries in the world, ranked 143 out of 177 countries by UNDP in 2010 (a ranking based on statistics such as life expectancy, literacy, and GDP).

Uganda is famous for its beautiful scenery, including ten national parks, Lake Victoria (one of the largest lakes in the world, where the source of the Nile is found), and very rich history with UNESCO world heritage sites. It was named the best travel destination for 2012 by Lonely Planet and has been listed among the top 20 global tourism destinations for 2013 by National Geographic.

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Uganda has cross-border ethnic linkages with nearly all neighboring countries, a fact of its economic and socio-political significance in the region. Being land-locked, Uganda faces many challenges of access to international markets. Eradicating poverty and attaining rapid, equitable, and sustained economic development for social transformation remains Uganda’s major challenge in the achievement of MDGs.

Entebbe International Airport is the largest airport, located about 30 km from Uganda’s capital, Kampala. English is the official national language, which makes English an easy communication medium when traveling in Uganda, even to remote villages.

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