Northern Uganda - once the scene of a devastating war - is now a haven for refugees from across Africa, including many thousands of children


War Child has been active in Uganda since 2004, focusing on children and young people affected by the 20-year conflict in the north of the country between the government and rebel group the Lord Resistance Army (LRA). Since peace became reality more than a decade ago and our previous beneficiaries have now reached adulthood, War Child now works to meet the needs of refugee communities and host communities inside Uganda.

People escaping conflicts in neighbouring states - in particular South Sudan - have entered Uganda in large numbers over the course of 2016 and 2017. February 2017 saw the number of refugees inside Uganda reach one million - putting great strain on available resources and services. War Child’s programme in Uganda focuses on refugees and the surrounding host communities in the northern part of the country.

One refugee settlement - the Bidibidi Settlement - has grown to accommodate 270,000 people in a mere matter of months. This sprawling settlement is one the largest refugee hosting sites in Africa and the humanitarian needs of its population are significant. Most of these new arrivals have experienced conflict-related violence and separation from family members during their journeys to safety - 86 per cent of whom are women and children below the age of eighteen.

What we do

War Child works to protect and support children and young people in Uganda through projects designed to deliver psychosocial support. This support - coupled with our protection and education components - enables children to develop coping skills, build their resilience and recover from the consequences of conflict. The overarching goal of our programme is to develop the improved psychosocial wellbeing of children and young people.

Improved psychosocial wellbeing enables children and young people to engage effectively in education, livelihood activities and civil society in general. The War Child approach engages parents, caregivers and other significant figures to further support and ensure the improved well-being of children and youth.