Country facts

Uganda

  • Located in Eastern Africa, west of Kenya
  • Covers an area of 235,880 kmrwanda_map
  • Population in 2003 was an estimated 25.6 million
  • Official languages Swahili and English
  • Natural Resources include fertile soils, regular rainfall and sizeable mineral deposits of copper and cobalt
  • Agriculture is the main industry, employing more than 80% of workforce
  • Main export – coffee
  • 62% of population are Christian
  • 51% of population under 18
  • Around 20% of Uganda’s population believed to be carrying HIV
  • Estimated 10,000 street children in Uganda
  • 4,000 street children in capital Kampala
  • Uganda has around 1 million orphans as a result of AIDS – the highest in the world
  • 1 out of every 4 families caring for a child orphaned by AIDS