Kaabong (Uganda)

Kaabong district is located in the far north of the Karamoja region and is inhabited by the Karamojong tribe and minority group the Ik. The Ugandan government disarmed much of Karamoja in 2009, but Kaabong remains unsettled to this day. This is mainly due to the proximity of conflict country South Sudan and the porous border with neighboring Kenya. Weapons are available and cattle theft and conflicts between tribes are common. Relatively many orphans and abandoned children live in Kaabong, who often stay with their grandparents or relatives.

The obstacles for girls to access education are enormous. Kidnapping and rape have traditionally been used in Kaabong as a means of reserving a girl for marriage. Child marriage deprives girls of the opportunity to complete their education and increases risks of teenage pregnancy, chronic poverty and domestic violence. The chances of finding decent work and economic security for uneducated girls are virtually nil.

For these reasons, CCA, in collaboration with two local partners, offers educational opportunities to vulnerable children and young people in Kaabong.

Our partners in Kaabong

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

2021Primary schoolSecondary schoolFurther educationTotal
Boys433138
Girls637144
Total107028 2
2020Primary schoolSecondary schoolFurther educationTotal
Boys020020
Girls028129
Total04814 9

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