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Sponsors have helped Ugandan children since 1980, when Compassion teamed up with churches in Uganda to fight poverty.

Where in the World?

east-central Africa

Favorite ...

sports: soccer, cricket

foods: rice, beans, samosas, matooke

celebrations: Festival of the Nile, Women's Day, Eid al-Fitr, Easter, Christmas

Claim to Fame

one of only three countries where mountain gorillas live

Wild Residents

mountain gorillas, zebras, elephants, black rhinos

Poverty Pitfalls

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Babies and moms are at risk of dying during unsafe childbirth. Our church partners help pregnant moms get to and pay for the hospital when it's time to have their babies.
Kids walk miles every day to collect water, which keeps them out of school. Sponsored kids stay in school and learn extra lessons from tutors at Compassion centers.
More boys go to school than girls, and men often get paid more than women at jobs. Tutors teach sponsored kids that God equally values boys and girls.

Fun Facts

a little smaller than Oregon

money: shilling

Most women wear long dresses or skirts.

nicknamed "the pearl of Africa" because of its natural beauty

English is the national language.

includes part of Lake Victoria, Africa's largest

Kampala is the capital and largest city.

Stat Snapshot


Uganda ?? United States 🇺🇸


39,570,125 339,665,118

People Living in Poverty

19.7% 15.1%


English, Ganda or Luganda, Swahili, local languages like Soga

English, Spanish, Chinese, other


Protestant 45.1%, Roman Catholic 39.3%, Muslim 13.7%, other 1.6%, none 0.2%

Protestant 46.5%, none/other 26.1%, Roman Catholic 20.8%, Jewish 1.9%, Mormon 1.6%, Muslim 0.9%, Jehovah’s Witness 0.8%, Buddhist 0.7%, Hindu 0.7%

Typical Family Income

$2,400 per year $63,700 per year

MAIN SOURCE: World Factbook, 2018


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