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East Africa

In East and Central Africa, over 30 million people are dependent on food aid. In Uganda alone, there are 600,000 internally displaced persons and more than one million refugees from neighbouring countries. Although often barely enough to survive, Uganda's solidarity is great.

In humanitarian crises, AWO International provides emergency humanitarian aid in East Africa in cooperation with national and international partners. Since 2019 we have been expanding our commitment in Uganda with five new projects. In addition to emergency and transitional aid, our work focuses on food security and adaptation to climate change. The aid projects are aimed at both poultry and host communities.

A woman in a pink T-shirt smiles at the camera. She has a sheet of paper with drawings in her hand. Behind her is a house and a white car.
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Securing livelihoods and promoting social justice

The project region Otuke is a rural district in northern Uganda. The region is one of two areas most affected by malnutrition. In general, the undernutrition situation in Otuke is exacerbated by a number of overarching problems. People in the region face acute challenges such as food insecurity, limited access to safe drinking water and poor hygiene practices.

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We support smallholder families to improve their living conditions, food security and nutrition, while reducing their exposure to human trafficking. (Photo: AWO International/ECO)
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Fight against human trafficking in Karamoja

Together with our local partner organization ECO, we support smallholder families in Karamoja to improve their living conditions, food and nutrition security, and reduce their risk of becoming victims of human trafficking.

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a man and two women ploughing a field with a team of oxen
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Climate Action Model Villages in Uganda

In Uganda, the devastating effects of climate change are clearly visible: wilting crops, flooding and dry wells threaten the food and livelihoods of a population largely dependent on agriculture. To address this acute threat, we launched a project in October 2022 with our Ugandan partner organization AFARD, bringing together food security, environmental protection and disaster risk reduction.

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Together with COVOID we support refugee families and their host communities. (Photo: AWO International)
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Improvement of living conditions in the Nakivale refugee camp

In Isingiro District in southwestern Uganda, the proportion of refugees is 19 percent. With our partner organization COVOID, we are improving living conditions for refugees and locals by strengthening nutrition, income and social cohesion.

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Food Security and Empowerment of Refugees and Host Communities in Uganda

West Nile is the biggest host of refugees and asylum seekers in Uganda. Majority of them face persistent realities of food insecurity, malnutrition and climate change. Together with our partner RICE West Nile, we support refugees and asylum seekers to improve their situation and strengthen their resilience.

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Helping people to take action: Through self-organization in savings and credit groups, for example, people improve their living conditions by organizing themselves. (Photo: AWO International)
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Improving living conditions for refugees and host communities in northern Uganda

Bidibidi is one of the largest camps for refugees in the world. Many of the people are living on the margin of poverty, and food insecurity is a major challenge. Together with our partner AFARD, we support refugees to improve their situation.

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With organic farming, people's livelihoods are secured and the environment is protected. (Photo: AWO International)
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Food security for refugees and host communities in northern Uganda

The Lamwo district in northern Uganda is one of the poorest regions in the country. Nevertheless, the communities here take in refugees from South Sudan. Our project supports refugees and local communities in securing their food, increasing their income and strengthening social cohesion.

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[Translate to Englisch:] Modell-Gewächshäuser schützen das Saat- und Pflanzgut vor den Heuschrecken. (Foto: AWO International/ECO)
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Serious consequences of locust infestation and COVID-19

When millions of locusts spread in Uganda in February 2020, the poor Karamoja region, which is heavily dependent on agriculture, was completely unprepared. Shortly afterwards, the global spread of Corona and the local aftermath from the global pancemic poses further challenges to the people of the region. AWO International supports the affected communities in their fight against the catastrophic consequences.

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Our partner organisation COVOID distributing hygiene material in the Nakivale refugee camp (Photo: AWO International)
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With information campaigns and hygiene packages against the spread of Corona

Uganda is one of the poorest countries in the world and suffers from a fully utilized health system. With the global spread of the COVID-19 virus, this system faces a huge challenge. Together with our partner organization COVOID, we distribute hygiene packages and carry out information campaigns.

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