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CRS in Uganda

A drought in Eastern Africa has left millions in South Sudan, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda facing chronic hunger. Hundreds of thousands of children are acutely malnourished and need urgent nutritional support.

Catholic Relief Services is responding with emergency food aid, water and vocational training for the most vulnerable people, including those who have been displaced from their homes.

Often described as the "Pearl of Africa," Uganda is defined by its rich culture, diverse flora and fauna, and engaging people. Despite these natural advantages, Uganda continues to face serious development challenges resulting from a protracted civil war, a devastating AIDS pandemic and trans-generational poverty.

Catholic Relief Services Uganda fosters sustained development solutions by working with and through local partners, specifically the Ugandan Catholic Church, to help Ugandans identify and address the root causes of poverty and injustice affecting their lives.


People Served: 1,634,945

Population:  39,570,125

Size: 93,065 sq. mi.; slightly smaller than Oregon


CRS' History in Uganda

Catholic Relief Services, founded in 1943, is the overseas relief and development agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). CRS currently works in over 100 countries around the world with offices across Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

CRS has been working in Uganda since 1965 and currently focuses on the following program areas:


CRS is an industry leader in comprehensive health programing, with practical expertise in health systems strengthening, nutrition interventions, and children’s health and wellbeing. In recent years, CRS health programs in Uganda have improved the quality of life of over 200,000 people. Current health programs include: Sustainable Outcomes for Children and Youth (SOCY), GAVI Civil Society Organization Project (GAVI), Keeping Children in Healthy and Protective Families (KCHPF) and Uganda Systems Strengthening Project (USS).

Agricultural Livelihoods

CRS helps smallholder farmers improve their productivity and diversify their income streams. This enables them to move toward market-oriented production that increases their household income and quality of life, and enhances their resilience to potential shocks. In Uganda, CRS is implementing four agriculture projects: Farmer to Farmer, Revitalizing Vanilla, Coffee Value Chain Development Project and Nuyok — a 5-year project to build resilience to shocks, enhance livelihoods and improve food security and nutrition for vulnerable rural families.

Emergency Response and Recovery

Since January 2017, CRS has worked in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement in Yumbe District. Emergency efforts currently focus on water, sanitation and hygiene, livelihoods and shelter support to assist vulnerable populations through holistic interventions that provide durable solutions. In all of CRS’ emergency interventions, CRS works through a community-based approach that promotes social cohesion.