Activities and number of children, youth and adults reached in Uganda

Activities and numbers

Compared to 2006, War Child expanded considerably in Uganda. This expansion can be ascribed to the fact that:

  • new projects have started in Lira, Pader and Kitgum; 
  • locations are now safer, making it possible for staff members to spend the night in camps or villages. As a result, we could also organise evening activities, such as 'wang oo', an important traditional event where families sit around the fire and tell each other stories. This gave children the opportunity to share their stories as well. 
  • staff are employed for longer periods enabling them to carry out their activities more effectively; 
  • more partners are capable of carrying out activities independently.

The fact that more people are gradually returning to their villages did not have a significant effect on the kinds of activities organised, but it did have an effect on the logistics. Instead of reaching people at a central place in one of the main camps, staff now visited the smaller camps and villages.

Explanations for deviating figures

  • In 2007, more people visited community meetings in their places of origin. War Child therefore decided to organise more meetings at these locations. 
  • A major information and awareness-raising activity was the 'Back to School league' in Lira, a sports tournament to bring children into contact with school again. It was an enormous success with more participants and spectators than expected. 
  • In 2007, the number of fun days decreased. However, we organised a greater number of other events: youth participated not only in sports events, they were also asked to organise activities. More international events were celebrated (such as the International Day of Peace). War Child is famous throughout the region for organising active, creative events. As a result we were asked more than once to organise other kinds of events. 
  • The lower number of educational activities is explained by a lack of resources such as generators and televisions.