Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa. It is bordered to the east by Kenya, to the north by South Sudan, to the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the southwest by Rwanda, and to the south by Tanzania. Uganda is the world's second most populous landlocked country after Ethiopia.
According to the population statistic of 2013, Uganda had a population of 36,824,000 people, which shows an increase of 478,140 people compared to 2012. The male population was greater, with 18,839,771 men, representing 51.16% of the total, compared to 18,739,105 or 50.88% women.
Although Uganda has abundant natural resources, and the economy steadily growing, Uganda is still one of the poorest nations in the world, with 37.7% of the population living on less than $1.25 a day. Despite making enormous progress in reducing the countrywide poverty incidence from 56% of the population in 1992 to 31% in 2005, poverty remains deep-rooted in the country's rural areas, which are home to more than 85 per cent of Ugandans.
Majority of the Ugandan population depend on agriculture which is done on low scale. Subsistence farming is the main type of farming which is practiced through out the country.
Uganda has been among the rare HIV success stories. In the early 1990s, 13% of Ugandan residents had HIV; this had fallen to 4.1% by the end of 2003, the most effective national response to AIDS of any African country.However, there has been a spike in recent years compared to the mid-nineties, especially after a shift in US Aid Policy toward abstinence only campaigns. A growing number of people—including young orphans still face the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS.
In the past, Uganda had experienced a lot of civil wars, conflicts and instabilities, especially in the Northern parts of Uganda, which hampered development. The recent war was the one of the Lords Resistance Army (LRA), led by Joseph Kony, who brutally massacred more than 65,000, and an estimated 400,000 people where put in Internally displaced Camps in Northern Uganda. These conflicts played a vital role in making the country remain behind both socially and economically.
FACTS ABOUT UGANDA
Touch Africa Now (TAN) is a Charitable, non- profit making organization registered in the Uganda National non-governmental organization (NGO) Board and the Ministry of Justice in Uganda, as a company by guarantee. TAN has been operational in Uganda since 2011.
In the beginning, it mostly operated in Masindi, then spread to Mbale, Bushenyi, Wakiso, and Kampala. By the end of 2012, it was in full operation in the Northern part of the country, specifically Arua and Yumbe. While the headquarters are still in Kampala, it is the West Nile region which has received the most attention from partners, as they have seen the immense needs in this area. Our connections with larger organizations and international partners have allowed us to make unprecedented progress in just a few short years.
The organization's major aim is to implement sustainable development programs for the local communities in order to enhance their socioeconomic planning and standard of living. The organization has achieved a lot in the way of transforming lives of people in Uganda and beyond. We continue to appeal for humanitarian attention from both international and local developmental agencies, as we partner together to fight extreme poverty, by improving the livelihood of people in Africa, through providing basic education,child and teacher sponsorship, clean water, medical intervention and sensitization, and emergency relief.
TAN is manned by a team of professionals with a wide range of experience and technical competence in areas of planning, managing and implementation of community developmental projects.
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The Republic of Uganda .
Touch AFRICA Now (TAN)
To empower, teach and influence people to become responsible, productive and self-reliant in order to cause sustainable human development.
To positively transform the lives of disadvantaged individuals and communities through developing strategic relationships, networks and partnerships that promote Godly values.
To cause sustainable human development in Uganda and Africa at large
To improve livelihoods at all levels through assessment, design and implementation of sustainable community development projects.
Long term objectives
To mobilize human, financial and other resources needed to support community projects and programs.
To be champions of community change; socially, economically and technologically.
It is our mandate to invest in sustainable community development through project planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. This involves all community stake holders both at local and district levels.
In all our activities as we deal with all people, these values guide us:
Respect for and appreciation for diversity
Effective participation of partners and beneficiaries.
Universality of humanity (that human beings are equal irrespective of race or creed)
To remain relevant and visible in the humanitarian world, TAN will endeavor to fundraise rigorously, so as to acquire enough funds to achieve the organization’s goals.
Competent staff will be hired to draft project proposals which are relevant to the needs of the communities TAN serves.
Due care will be taken to invest in sustainable community projects after careful project planning, community study and community involvement during implementation. Monitoring and evaluation will be emphasized, involving stakeholders at both local and district levels..
Areas of Operations: Kampala, Wakiso, Kiryandongo, Yumbe, Arua (including Rhino Camp)
Background of Organization
Who we are
Registered as: NGO (Non-governmental, indigenous community development / charity organization)
Registration No. 59847
Areas of service: Education, child sponsorship, refugee aide, relief, hospital support, clean water, and adult literacy