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For many, the landlocked country of Uganda in east Africa will be indelibly linked with former President Idi Amin and his authoritarian rule that resulted in severe loss of life and political turmoil. Yet, since 1987, the country has in many ways transformed with the coming to power of the National Resistance Movement that has led to an enduring peace and stability throughout the country save for sporadic outbreaks of conflict in northern Uganda far removed from our own project in the distant south-west.
During this period the population of Uganda has nearly tripled, there has been ongoing economic growth and many have achieved a better standard of living as liberalisation and privatisation opened up new opportunities particularly in urban areas.
However many Ugandans( 42%) still live on the land and, as of 2011, Uganda ranked in 161st place out of 187 countries in terms the three basic dimensions of human development; health, education and income, placing Uganda below the regional average for sub-Saharan Africa as the graph below shows.
When you volunteer at Uganda Lodge this is the rural type of community you will be working within. Few have access to money, almost none have access to electricity or water in their homes, homes are lit by candle but there is a warmth and spirit often lacking in so called ‘developed’ communities. Why not visit our project and experience it for yourself?