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President:Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga
Secretary General:Msgr Francis Ndamira
Head Quarters: Nsamya Hill (near Catholic Church) Kampala Uganda
Postal address: Uganda Catholic Secretariat, P.O. Box 2886, Kampala, Uganda
Telephone: +256 41 51 03 38
+256 41 51 05 70
Fax: +256 41 51 05 45
Uganda Catholic Secretariat - Caritas Uganda
Caritas Uganda aims to help people living in one of the poorest countries in the world. Conflict in northern Uganda has forced 1.7 million people – nearly 90 percent of the region's population – to leave their homes for 200 camps. These people are almost entirely dependent on humanitarian support and three million Ugandans need food aid every year.
In addition to improving access to food, Caritas Uganda promotes a range of initiatives including democracy building, gender equality and HIV and AIDS eradication. One such programme has been Household Support to Eradicate Absolute Poverty (HOSEAP) and Good Governance in the Catholic dioceses of Kotido, Nebbi, Kasana-Luweero and Masaka. The three-year HOSEAP initiative targeted 6,000 households and included a food security component aimed at orphans and widows to help improve their livelihood, nutrition and general economic status.
The organisation is also involved in awareness-raising in areas such as human rights, HIV and AIDS and good governance with a view towards greater self-sufficiency. Other work includes setting up a Research and Advocacy Unit that provides people in the Catholic Church with information about poverty and justice issues, thereby empowering them to advocate change.