Caritas Uganda aims to help people living in one of the poorest countries in the world. Conflict in northern Uganda has forced 1.7 million people – nearly 90 percent of the region's population – to leave their homes for 200 camps. These people are almost entirely dependent on humanitarian support and three million Ugandans need food aid every year.
In addition to improving access to food, Caritas Uganda promotes a range of initiatives including democracy building, gender equality and HIV and AIDS eradication. One such programme has been Household Support to Eradicate Absolute Poverty (HOSEAP) and Good Governance in the Catholic dioceses of Kotido, Nebbi, Kasana-Luweero and Masaka. The three-year HOSEAP initiative targeted 6,000 households and included a food security component aimed at orphans and widows to help improve their livelihood, nutrition and general economic status.
Caritas Uganda is involved in projects addressing:
- HIV and AIDS prevention;
- Access to water and sanitation;
- Environmental stewardship;
- Enhancement of livelihoods.
The organisation is also involved in awareness-raising in areas such as human rights, HIV and AIDS and good governance with a view towards greater self-sufficiency. Other work includes setting up a Research and Advocacy Unit that provides people in the Catholic Church with information about poverty and justice issues, thereby empowering them to advocate change.