- 11 million African children are now AIDS orphans.
- 26.6 million in Africa are living with HIV/AIDS and 17 million have died.
- Out of 11 million orphans in Africa, Uganda alone registers 2 million orphans.
- 54% of the general population of Uganda are children under age 15.
- The majority of children are from poor families, who can’t afford to go to school.
Uganda was a British Protectorate from 1894 until 1962, their year of independence. Since then, they have weathered many violent dictators, including the notorious Idi Amin. Today, Uganda is experiencing peace under their current President, but the effects from decades of war and now the AIDS epidemic have devastated their economy and their lives. Despite this cloudy outlook, the Ugandan people have persevered. They are a beautiful people full of faith and love. They are very friendly to their international visitors. The country of Uganda is called the “Pearl” of Africa because it is green and lush year round. Jinja is located at the source of the great Nile River and on the bank of Lake Victoria, one of the largest fresh water lakes in the world. There are modern cities, schools, and hospitals, but many of the remote villages are quite primitive. Ugandans dress in colorful clothing, and as one visitor noted, even with all the dirt roads they somehow keep their clothes bright and clean. Pastor Fred Tumwebaze has always extended a warm welcome to all visitors.