Outreach Uganda is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Colorado and dedicated to helping empower Ugandans rise out of poverty. To do this we work with village groups in Uganda to bring hope and improve lives, especially in the areas of education, women’s empowerment, and self-sufficiency through job creation.
Where We’ve Been
Outreach Uganda now has 3 beader groups: 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. We have spent the past four years perfecting our programs and our overall model of empowering our beader groups to overcome poverty. With our beader groups, 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.
Moving Forward to More Villages
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 late 2008.
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.