Tag: orphans

Nov 13 2012

Uganda: ‘Pearl of Africa’

Join us as we celebrate Geography Awareness Week with National Geographic and friends. This year’s theme is “Geography: Declare Your Interdependence.”

Did you know that Winston Churchill once called Uganda the “Pearl of Africa?”

Uganda mapCFCA began working in this East African country, with an area slightly smaller than the state of Oregon, in 1993. Today Uganda’s population is estimated at more than 30 million people.

Our Hope for a Family sponsorship program is based in the capital city of Kampala, with outreach to families in Masaka, Busunju and Ssekanyonyi.

About 15 percent of the under-18 population in Uganda, or 2.7 million children, are orphans, according to a UNICEF report.

Most of these children were orphaned because of AIDS, the report explains, but deaths caused by armed conflict and war have added to the problem. Read more