Uganda

Supporting children to build their resilience - free from trauma and violence.

Facts and figures

- 5 projects
- 840.000 children affected by conflict
- 9,071 total participants

What is happening in Uganda?

Uganda is now enjoying peace and stability following years of war. Yet ongoing conflicts in three neighbouring states - South Sudan, Burundi and DR Congo - have seen massive numbers of refugees seek safety in Uganda.

Uganda is the largest refugee hosting country in Africa - home to an estimated 1.5 million refugees. More than one million of these new arrivals are from neighbouring South Sudan - the vast majority of them women and children.

This significant population increase has put pressure on Uganda's resources. One refugee settlement alone - Bidibidi - has expanded over months to house 270,000 people. Fears remain that Uganda will run out of funds to support its progressive refugee response - increasing tension between new arrivals and host communities.

Children and young people living in refugee settlements face many threats to their safety. These threats include sexual violence, child labour and early marriage. In addition, funding shortfalls have seen children living in camps and settlements see their food rations shrink.

These child refugees have endured significant stress during their journeys to safety. The trauma and distress experienced by refugee children and youth is both long-term and significant. Initiatives to support mental health are a humanitarian priority.

“What War Child teaches us is going to help us when we're not in school anymore."
Steven (12)

Steven's journey to a new future in Uganda

What we do

War Child works to protect and support children and young people in Uganda through projects designed to improve their psychosocial wellbeing. This approach - coupled with our education activities - enables children to develop coping skills, build their resilience and recover from the consequences of conflict.

Improved psychosocial wellbeing allows children and young people to learn more effectively and enjoy increased livelihood opportunities.