Where We Work
Thrive works in the districts of Kalungu and Masaka in rural South-central Uganda. Currently our programs are operating in 10 villages. Here are some additional facts about the area of Uganda where we work:
- The Southern borders of the district meet with the shores of Lake Victoria. The remained of the two districts are lush and green and characterized by rolling hills, low lying swamps and agricultural land.
- Most individuals are engaged in subsistence agriculture, animal husbandry or fishing; others labour in brick making and in small scale stone quarries. Some work in the private or public sector as shop keepers, teachers or as municipal workers. While there are no district statistics, per capita GDP in the country is around $477 a year.
- The majority of people are Baganda, a tribe representing 17% of Uganda’s people and who speak the national language Luganda. Located in one of the youngest and fastest nations in the world, Uganda has a birthrate of 6.9 children with 60% of the population below the age of 18 and 50% below the age of 15 years.
- Kalungu (formerly part of Masaka) and Masaka were at the epicentre of the AIDS pandemic in the 80's. This fact, coupled with the transient population the districts' attract from its fishing ports and trucking routes, HIV/AIDS continue to be a significant problem.
- Both Kalungu and Masaka have one of the highest numbers of impoverished, orphaned and vulnerable children in Uganda.