Kamwenge & Uganda
Progress and Transformation
Uganda is endowed with very rich resources, occupied by well-meaning generous, happy and peaceful people. But Uganda is one of the poorest nations in the world.
In 2012, 37.8 percent of the population lived on less than $1.25 a day but enormous progress has been made in reducing the countrywide poverty incidence from 56 percent of the population in 1992 to 24.5 percent in 2009. Poverty remains deep-rooted in the country's rural areas, which are home to 84 percent of Ugandans.
Kamwenge is located in the Southwestern region of Uganda. Kamwenge is a rural community of mostly subsistence farmers, the majority of whom are returned refugees.
The Kamwenge District
The District is considered one of the poorest and most challenged districts throughout Uganda. A recent Uganda study showed children from Kamwenge District rank second in malnutrition in the entire country. Many citizens are former refugees who returned home in 2002 after being displaced from their homes in the 1970’s by Idi Amin. The Ugandan government offered these families small plots of land where they survive as subsistence farmers. Most families live in mud houses and survive on $2.00 (US) per day.