Kaabong (Uganda)

Kaabong district is located in the far North of Karamoja. The Ugandan authorities disarmed a large part of Karamoja in 2009, but Kaabong remains relatively insecure due to its proximity to war-torn South-Sudan and its porous borders with Kenya. Kaabong district is largely inhabited by the Karamojong tribe and a minority tribe called the Ik. Kaabong has a prolonged dry season and offers few economic activities to its largely illiterate population (82%). One in every four children has access to primary education, due to financial or cultural constraints. Only 7% of all children is able to access secondary education. There is a huge demand for support in Kaabong.

School drop-out after primary school results in early marriage, teenage pregnancy and a continuation of the poverty cycle. To avoid these risks and to offer opportunities to youths, we joined hand with “Action for women and Awakening in Rural Environment (AWARE)” (35 children) and “Karamoja Peace and Development Agency (KAPDA)” (14 children). Besides scholarships, we support primary schools with the essential scholastic requirements to retain vulnerable children in school. 

Our partners

In Kaabong, we work together with “Action for women and Awakening in Rural Environment (AWARE)” and “Karamoja Peace and Development Agency (KAPDA)”. 

AWARE was formed in 1989 by a group of local rural women in Kaabong district, Northern Karamoja, to increase opportunities for women, to reduce poverty and to teach women about their rights. AWARE has been active in campaigns to end (gender-based) violence and to address other social, cultural and economic problems affecting the community. In recent years, AWARE has increased emphasis on children and youth.

Vision: To promote the active involvement of women in community development and improvement of living standards. 

Mission: To empower women in Karamoja and to build their confidence and status through participation in programs to secure their family’s livelihood.

Shared value: To live in dignity and to respect the human rights of indigenous communities. 

KAPDA was founded by a group of peace loving individuals who were outraged by rampant insecurity and deplorable living conditions in Karamoja sub-region. They took action and advocated for a peaceful environment with steady socioeconomic development. The organization’s current programs revolve around seven thematic areas; peace and conflict resolution, governance, health, education, women empowerment, livelihoods and human rights protection.

Vision: A Peaceful society that is socio economically developed. 

Mission: To contribute to good health, peace and sustainable livelihoods, through advocacy for good governance.

Shared value: Belong to one another.

Our impact in Kaabong

Beneficiaries in Kaabong in 2020Primary schoolSecondary schoolFurther educationTotal
Boys020020
Girls028129
Total048149

Read the stories of Stephen and Anna.

Student in Kaabong