Our Nonprofit Mission to Empower Ugandans to Overcome Poverty
Outreach Uganda is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Colorado and dedicated to helping empower Ugandans, especially women and children, to overcome poverty. To do this we work with village groups in Uganda to bring hope and improve lives, especially in the areas of income-generation and micro-credit including the raising of cash crops; education and training, and other holistic endeavors especially in the areas of health, water and spiritual development.
Our History as a U.S. Nonprofit Working in Uganda
Outreach Uganda works with three women’s groups (over 200 women) and one entire community and parish (over 7,000 people) where one of the women’s groups is located. The Jinja group is in a small city, the Kitgum group is in a town, and our third Agwata group is in a small village. Since the founding of Outreach Uganda in 2007, we have been perfecting our programs and our overall model of empowering our women’s groups, and helping our students (over 480 students at the northern Uganda primary school we support), especially the girls, to overcome poverty. We are specifically focusing on helping the marginalized Acholi population (especially the women and children and numerous orphans) located in or internal refugees from northern Uganda. We are a development focused nonprofit that believes in empowerment and sustainability, and which is focused on becoming a change agent that empowers those we work with to change their lives for the better.
Future Focus of our Nonprofit in Uganda
Now, we are ready to move forward by bringing this model of development to more small villages in northern Uganda. We have already identified four additional small villages within the same sub-county in northern Uganda as our Agwata group. We would love to bring our programs to these additional villages. But we can do this only as we are able to find churches, schools, clubs or other organizations that would be willing to partner with us in one or more of these villages which are in the process of being re-settled after the 20 year old war with the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) ended in 2007/early 2008 when the peace talks with the LRA broke down and most LRA members fled to Democratic Republic of Congo or other countries.
The tragic reality of the war was that all the original homes, schools, clinics and churches that might have been in the communities before the war, were erased by either the war itself or the neglect of 20 years when the village people were forced to live elsewhere, either in IDP camps, or as refugees elsewhere within Uganda. The fertile land remained unfarmed for 20 years.
But that tragedy also offers the opportunity to rebuild, focusing on bringing back the best of the Acholi culture, while also offering the possibility of the community being open to constructive community planning ideas from other areas of Uganda and the world. This requires sensitivity on all sides in looking at how each community wants to re-create itself. Because many of the communities’ residents spent over ten years in internally displaced person (IDP) camps during the war, it also means patiently working with the communities and motivating and inspiring them to work hard together for the betterment of their communities. Along with this, it is a long-term educational process to help them see and value the benefits of increasing their capacity to do things for themselves versus their former lives where they became accustomed to receiving handouts from relief organizations and others.