Where do we work?: Uganda

uganda

Population: 32,369,558

Area: 241,038 sq. km.

Median Age: 15

Literacy: 66.8 %

Languages: English, Luganda, various Niger-Congo and Nilo-Saharan languages, Swahili, Arabic

Uganda is a geographically and culturally diverse nation. The South Eastern part of the country is dominated by Lake Victoria, which flows into the White Nile before it winds through Sudan and Egypt. Other large lakes are located in the West and centre of the country.

In the 1970s, Uganda was famous for human rights abuses under Idi Amin. In recent times, however, it has become a country of asylum for refugees from conflicts in Rwanda, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

HIV/AIDS has been a major issue in Uganda, but due to some concerted efforts from government and various local and international organisations its infection rate has dropped from a high of 30% to approximately 5.4%. Subsidised generic brand anti-retrovirals and broad education campaigns have assisted achieve this drop. There are still many people affected by HIV though, so work must continue in this area.

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Below are some profiles of volunteers who have recently completed their placements in Edith and Lawrence volunteering in Uganda.

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Edith and Lawrence

Edith Cheung and Lawrence Chan, an accountant and doctor from Sydney, are volunteering to share their skills for St Anthony’s Hospital and the Archdiocese of Tororo, in Uganda.


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Lorrain Kirk

Lorrain Kirk has volunteered to work as Program Coordinator in Uganda for 2 years.


Elly Armagos

Elly Armagos

Elly Armagos has volunteered to work as a Youth Development Worker for Youth Aid Uganda in Kampala.


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Andy Moulton

Andy Moulton has volunteered to work as a Youth Development Worker for Youth Aid Uganda in Kampala.


Returning home

May 14, 2013

Re-entry group

I realised that I had been given a rare chance to relive and reflect on my time in Uganda during the re-entry weekend – I did not expect to get as much out of it as I did.


‘Mama’ wins respect in Uganda

July 23, 2012

Lorrain Kirk in Uganda

Lorrain Kirk, a 68-year-old grandmother and Adelaide parishioner, has just returned from two years in Uganda where she worked as a Palms Australia volunteer for a community organisation providing care and support to people living with HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Cancer.


Sometimes it’s just about saving lives

March 2, 2012

Fr Tom, Lawrence and Edith in their down-time, walking to Sipi falls

The boy looked a lot better today, albeit still with some pallor and severe malaria, but I think he will continue to improve. I remembered thinking yesterday that this one success of saving that child’s life would make my trip here all worthwhile.


Field Trips: Developing Relationships

August 29, 2011

Elly Armagos and Andy Moulton have recently completed placements with Youth Aid Uganda in Kampala.

Seeing the assignment locations and meeting the partners firsthand allows Palms’ staff to make some difficult decisions when it comes to prioritising one placement over another when faced with limited numbers of volunteers or limited funds required to send them.


Edith and Lawrence volunteering in Uganda

July 29, 2011

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Edith Cheung and Lawrence Chan, an accountant and doctor from Sydney, are volunteering to share their skills for St Anthony’s Hospital and the Archdiocese of Tororo, in Uganda.


Human Rights and Youth in Uganda

June 9, 2011

Elly locates Uganda on a globe

Elly Armagos and Andy Moulton are youth workers from Melbourne currently volunteering in Kampala with Youth Aid Uganda. Here, Elly shares her observations of the challenges facing young people and the importance of their work.


Elly Armagos’ CommUNITY News no. 2

April 20, 2011

Elly locates Uganda on a globe

At Youth Aid Uganda, we are working towards freeing children and youth from these human rights violations. One such method is through the current Child labour Prevention and Rehabilitation project.


Youth Development Officer

February 16, 2011

Youth Development Officer Design and promote programs for young people in rural communities Contribute to and participate in personal and social development activities in and out of school Community Outreach – Health / Hygiene campaigns and counselling Plan & organise fundraising activities and train others in their organisation Assist in developing/creating ways to make the […]


Below are some of the volunteer positions Palms Australia is seeking to fill in . To find out more about any position or about other opportunities, please enquire about volunteering with Palms Australia.


If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But, if you have come
because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together. - Lilla Watson