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Uganda Project

We tested water sources at the five orphanage schools and found that they were highly contaminated. After visiting all of the sites, we identified the Byana Mary Hill orphanage school near Masaka as being in the most need of the help that we at EWB-USU felt we could provide. They had no source of electricity aside from an old generator that they couldn’t afford to operate, and their only water source was extremely contaminated.

Our Experiences

While traveling through Uganda, our team was warmly received by local families who fed and sheltered them. While they were working at the Byana Mary Hill orphanage school, the students were joined by more than thirty men and women from surrounding villages, many of whom were past students of the school. Many of these local volunteers worked shoulder to shoulder with our team ten to twelve hours a day for the entire two week period.

Uganda's History

Uganda contains a range of ethnic groups with different political systems and cultures within its borders. Throughout past decades, this has caused civil strife within the country that has led to hundreds of thousands of deaths. Since a political regime change in 1986, there has been relative stability and economic growth in Uganda. However, the country is still being devastated by the effects of AIDS and a relatively high poverty rate.

Uganda Facts

Location: Eastern Africa, west of Kenya

Climate: Tropical

Population: 30,262,610

Language: English (taught in schools and used in government), Ganda, Luganda, other Niger-Congo languages, Nilo-Saharan languages, Swahili, Arabic

Government Type: republic

Capital: Kampala

Independence Day: 9 October 1962 (from UK)