After its founding in 1877 by the Church Missionary Society, the Church grew through the evangelization of Africans by Africans. The first Ugandan clergy were ordained in 1893 and the Church of Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi became an independent Province in 1961. The history of the Church in Uganda has been marked by civil strife and martyrdom. In May 1980 the new Province of Burundi, Rwanda, and Zaire was inaugurated; the Province of Uganda has grown since then from seventeen to twenty-seven dioceses.
The province has several projects running under the Planning, Development & Rehabilitation Department (PDR), whose mission statement is:
“To work with people and communities in Dioceses in order to improve their quality of life.” These projects include:
The programme’s aim is to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and provide an environment of love, care and support for those infected and affected by the pandemic. It is estimated that 1.4 million Ugandans are living with HIV/AIDS and the number of orphans due to the HIV/AIDS is 2 million. Although the new HIV cases are declining among the younger age groups, its effects continue to be manifested in greater measures.
The programme also addresses the problem of TB which had almost been eradicated but has resurrected as an opportunistic disease because of reduced immunity among the HIV/AIDS patients. The programme also participates in Malaria control since it is still a number one killer disease in Uganda
This programme consists of 3 major components; Peace & Human Rights, Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs) and Externally Displaced Peoples (Refugees).
The programme aims to contribute to the on-going conflict prevention and post conflict reconstruction initiatives and processes at community, national and regional levels. The level of civic competence and capacity of ordinary citizens to effectively participate in the promotion of pace, good governance and human rights advocacy is still very low.
The aim of this programme is to enable communities in Dioceses take charge of their own development initiatives. Over 40% of the Uganda’s population lives below the poverty line and there is need to raise awareness, boost creativity and improve living conditions.
The programme aims to build capacities in areas like modern agricultural practices, effective land resource utilization, food processing, storage and marketing, entrepreneurship skills, environment conservation, gender equity and empowerment, sanitation and provision of safe and clean water.
Church of the Province of Uganda
P.O Box 14123