More About Uganda

Uganda has an abundance of natural resources, but years of civil unrest have created a large population of vulnerable children. Uganda’s high literacy rate, notable progress toward providing clean water and sanitation in urban areas, and substantial reduction in the spread of HIV are reflections of the Ugandan people’s hope, optimism, and commitment to a better future.


Estimated population as of July 2016

Kampala, the country’s capital, is also the largest city (pop. 1.9 million).

Eighty-seven percent of Uganda’s population live in rural areas. Traditional rural homes consist of mud bricks with either thatched or corrugated iron roofs. There is currently a housing shortage in Uganda of approximately 1.6 million homes.

Percentage of people 15 and older who can read and write

Uganda has 47 airports, five of which have paved runways. The Uganda Railways Corporation operates and maintains the national railroad, which carries both passengers and commercial goods. Part of the Trans-African Highway, which aims to link Western Africa and Eastern Africa, runs through Uganda. Because of damage sustained during the Second Congo War, the eastbound lanes cannot be accessed. Roughly 77% of Uganda’s roadways are unpaved.

Recipe: Matoke (Plantains)


8-10 plantains
1 T grapeseed oil
1 onion, chopped
2-3 tomatoes, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 chili pepper, chopped (optional)
½ t salt
½ t coriander
Cayenne pepper to taste (optional)
Juice of 1 lemon
1 lb ground beef (optional)
1 c beef stock (optional)


  1. Peel the plantains and cut them into cubes.
  2. Sprinkle the plantains with lemon juice and set aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a large pan.
  4. Fry the onion, tomatoes, green pepper, chili pepper (if using) and garlic together.>
  5. Add salt, coriander and cayenne pepper (if using).
  6. Add meat and/or broth (if using). Continue frying and stirring until the meat is nearly done or until the broth is starting to boil.
  7. Reduce heat and add plantains.
  8. Cover the pan and simmer over low heat until plantains are tender.