Uganda is a land locked country in East Africa. It borders Kenya, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Tanzania and Lake Victoria. Uganda is home to 29.6 million people and the population is growing rapidly.
UFF aims to educate the new generation of children. Kids aged between 0-14 make up almost half of Uganda’s population. There are over 14 million children living in a country the same size as Victoria.
The Mpigi region
UFF is going to build the educational centre in Muduuma, part of the Mpigi region. This area is approximately 1 hour west of the capital city, Kampala. There are just over 400,000 people living in this district of over 3700 km2 region. Muduuma is faced with extreme poverty and severe underdevelopment of infrastructure and resources.
There is very limited access to health clinics or schools for the residents of Mpigi. The main way of earning income is to rear cattle, goats and sheep. Families grow small crops, including tomatoes, onions, maize and cabbages. Women sew clothes and make handicrafts to raise additional day-to-day income.
Free education for all
The Ugandan Government has declared that education is free, but there are still barriers to overcome. Thousands of children are denied access to these free schools because of the costs of learning materials, uniforms and other hidden costs. UFF aims to remove these barriers to education, particularly to those living in remote areas, by creating a high standard, sustainable schooling centre.