The Republic of Uganda is located in East Africa and bordered by Sudan (North), Kenya (East), Tanzania (South), Rwanda (South West) and Democratic Republic of Congo (West.). Its 241,000 sq.km of land, under the leadership of President Museveni, are divided into approximately 80 districts, with a population of 31.7 million people (2008), 50% of who populate rural areas. According to the UN Human Development Index (2009), Uganda is rated number 157 (medium – low development) with an average life expectancy of 51 years and one of the highest population growth rates in Sub Saharan Africa. Agriculture is Uganda’s predominant industry, employing over 80% of the country’s work force.
Information about Jinja District is following.
The initial focus for Arise and Shine Uganda are rural communities in the Kamuli district of Uganda. The Kamuli district is situated in Eastern Uganda, approx. 115 KM (70 miles) from the Capital city, Kampala. Kamuli has an estimated population of 820,000 people. The predominant language spoken in Kamuli is Lusoga with some Luganda and English.