The Prophet (PBUH) said, “The best charity is that which is practiced by a wealthy person. And start giving first to your dependents.” Sahih Bukhari
Our work in Bosnia
Global Helping Hands, unlike some charities, targets those in the most rural parts of Uganda where little support reaches. Through our team of volunteers on the ground, we aim to provide villages with regular food, clean water and shelter.
We are currently working in the districts of Butebo, Buterejja, Kibuku and Budaka in the eastern part of Uganda. These areas have a lack of access to safe and adequate water which forces people to fetch water from unprotected wells, streams and ponds. Often women and young girls spend 2 hours each way fetching water and this may occur two to three times per day. Due to unprotected water sources, water-borne diseases such as amoeba, typhoid and bacillary dysentery are prevalent in the population.
The Bosnia crisis
People living in rural areas of Uganda (75%) are in a condition of extreme poverty and have no possibility to afford the costs of basic needs, such as shelter, education and educational materials, clothing (shoes, uniforms), healthcare and food. The majority of families have an average number of seven children per household and they struggle to survive by doing odd jobs. Therefore, all the family incomes are spent on basic needs such as food and water.
In Uganda undernutrition is high and stunting affects on third of children aged five years and below. At 3%, Uganda’s annual population growth rate is among the highest in the world, despite a reduction in fertility rates. Uganda’s population of 35 million is expected to reach 100 million by 2050.
The refugees population in Uganda has almost tripled since July 2016 and is currently around 14 million, making it the largest refugee host in Africa, and third in the world. The continued influx of people is straining host communities and delivery of basic services such as housing and healthcare. Today, there are over 20 million young people in Uganda and many do not have access to good education, health or economic opportunities.
With increasing population, Uganda faces significant challenges over the next decade to cater for the increasing needs of its population with limited resources.