Programs Uganda
Uganda program map
ARC in Uganda

Head Office: Kampala

Where ARC Works: Refugee camps in Nakivale and Kyangwali and among communities in Gulu and Adjumani districts

People We Serve: More than 200,000 individuals benefit from ARC services including Congolese refugees and affected host communities.

The cessation of hostilities following decades of conflict and civil unrest have offered Ugandans a chance to return home from the crowded internally displaced camps where more than 1.8 million Ugandans resided for nearly two decades. The calm in tensions at home, however, has corresponded with a series of conflicts in surrounding countries as violence has rocked neighboring South Sudan and DRC. As a result, June of 2014 saw the number of refugees and asylum seekers in Uganda rise to more than 388,950. ARC has provided support to incoming refugees by providing WASH, health, livelihood, environment and protection services in camps located in northern Uganda’s West Nile Region. 

What ARC does in Uganda:
  • Camp and shelter management
  • Multi-sectoral Gender-Based Violence prevention and response
  • Protection
  • Community livelihoods and self-reliance
  • Water, sanitation and hygiene
  Operational Since: 1994

ARC has been working in Uganda off-and-on since 1994, when ARC began operations in neighboring South Sudan. Today, ARC manages 3 refugee settlements.

ARC Uganda factsheet



Since 2012, ARC has implemented the Farmer, Field and Life Schools project. The project contributes to the creation of a Gender-Based Violence-free society in northern Uganda, where women and girls are protected and empowered to assert their rights and are treated with dignity and respect. Currently, 32 schools each with 25-30 members participate in the project.

More than 900 Community Activists have been trained in ARC’s acclaimed SASA! Methodology for the prevention of gender based violence. This approach embraces community drama, music, sports dialogue, and games in order to foster community awareness of issues centering around gender based violence. These methods have helped facilitate the organization of sensitization and awareness sessions which have included well over 1,000 participants.

Current Needs:

As ARC moves forward in its partnerships with local actors and international donors, it will seek greater integration with local schools and social institutions in order to build awareness for issues of gender based violence, hygiene, and HIV as well as to facilitate responses. Additional pharmaceuticals and transportation materials are also necessary in order to meet the needs of Ugandan and Congolese survivors, particularly during the rainy season when mobility is challenged. 

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