Entries by Ellie Wooldridge

Give the Gift of School Supplies to Ugandan Students

Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 to offer philanthropic balance to the consumerist American tradition of Black Friday, which kicks off the holiday shopping season. If you participate in this tradition of giving, congratulations: you are making the holidays more meaningful for yourself and the communities you support. Still, it can be challenging to decide […]

Share Your Feast with Ugandans This Thanksgiving

Every year, on the fourth Thursday in November, Americans everywhere gather to share plentiful and even extravagant feasts with friends and family. Afterward, people loosen their belts and resolve to undo the damage of saturated fats, sugars, and over-processed carbohydrates with more exercise and healthier foods. That’s because despite being among the most obese populations […]

The Muslim-Christian Conflict in Uganda

In many countries, religious conflicts are almost inseparable from complex political ones; religious conflict in Africa is no exception, and Uganda is a major example of this. Christianity is the dominant religion in Uganda, with 82% of citizens identifying as Roman Catholic, Anglican, or Pentecostal Christian. About 14% of the population is Muslim; most are […]

Mental Health in Ugandan Civil War Survivors

The nation of Uganda has endured various violent political conflicts since it became independent from the UK in 1962. The longest of these was the Ugandan Bush War in Northern Uganda, also called the Ugandan Civil War and the Luwero War. Today, survivors of this decades-long war are still battling mental health disorders related to […]

Satterfields Return to Uganda

Mason and Morgan Satterfield are heading back to Uganda! After taking some time in the states to welcome their baby, Zeke, they are officially transitioning back to the place their hearts call home. For those who do not know, Mason has served with Simone’s Kids since 2012 and Morgan since 2014. They are so excited […]

School Attendance in Uganda vs. the World

In the US, Europe, and other high-income parts of the world, students are returning to school as a predictable matter of course. Yet in many low-income countries, and particularly in sub-Saharan African countries like Uganda, going back to school is far from a given for millions of primary and secondary school students. Here’s a look […]

Attending School Keeps Ugandan Girls Safer

Ugandan girls are far likelier than boys to drop out of school for many reasons, such as poverty (elevating the need to work or marry for money), domestic labor burdens, and lack of access to girls-only restrooms and hygienic supplies. Girls in rural areas are even more likely to leave school early. Yet staying in […]

Job Opportunities for Educated Ugandans

Uganda’s population growth rate currently exceeds the number of job openings, and even college graduates face stiff labor market competition. However, as private firms begin to invest in labor industries, they also expand the formal job market for young Ugandans who graduate from secondary school and college. Here are the sectors expected to grow the […]

Traditional Education vs. Vocational Training in Uganda

Formal Education in Uganda Traditional education in Uganda starts with 7 years of primary school that begin at age 6. Afterward, students must pass an exam to receive a Primary Leaving Certificate (PLC). Next, students complete 4 years of lower secondary education, which culminates in exams for the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE).  UCE recipients […]

The Need for Foot Protection in Africa and Uganda

Although many people look primarily for performance, style, and comfort in our shoes, our footwear also serves important protective purposes. Not wearing shoes leaves children and adults in various parts of Africa—including Uganda—vulnerable to some debilitating diseases and infections.  Podoconiosis  Podoconiosis is a disease that develops through walking barefoot on volcanic soil for years at […]

Uganda’s Struggle With Malaria

Uganda has the 3rd highest prevalence of malaria in the entire world, with over 90% of its population considered at risk for the disease. Here are some key things to know about malaria in Uganda. The Causes and Prevention of Malaria Malaria is transmitted to humans when they are bitten by an infected female Anopheles […]

The Impact of Nonprofits in Uganda

The Impact of Nonprofits in Uganda Uganda is currently experiencing a number of crises related to water and sanitation, the environment, human health, and human rights. Fortunately, there are currently over 2,000 Ugandan charity organizations working hard to make the nation a stronger, healthier place to live. Among the most pressing concerns are gender inequality […]

Facts About Quality of Life in Uganda and Africa

There are many ways to assess the quality of life in any country, but two major measurements include the poverty rate and expected lifespan for its population. Here’s how Uganda compares to the rest of Africa where these statistics are concerned. How Ugandan Lifespan Compares to Those in Other African Nations As of 2000, the […]

How Uganda Became an Independent Nation

The modern history of Uganda is a complex one that arose from the desire of powerful European countries to seize African territories as part of their industrial empires. It took many decades for Uganda to attain independence after it was colonized by the United Kingdom. Here’s a brief historical timeline of how the country of […]

The Benefits of Recurring Donations for Donors

If you enjoy supporting good causes, but are looking for a more efficient, streamlined way to do so, consider enrolling in a charitable organization’s monthly donation program. The most common recurring donation amounts are around $52 per month, but you can choose the amount that works best for your budget. The importance of recurring donations […]