Gweri's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 

The rural community of Gweri (pronounced gweh-ree) is located east of Kampala, the capital city. Gweri is mainly flat with scarce vegetation and a few valleys that form seasonal swamps. The rainy season peaks in April to May and August to October, and a long, dry season lasts from late November through early March. Families live in homes with walls made of mud or clay and a thatched roof.

In addition to the troubled northern region, this eastern region of Uganda has been deeply scarred by the conflict between government forces and Lord's Resistance Army rebels. The main ethnic group in Gweri is the Iteso. Many of Gweri's 31,900 people are trapped in a cycle of poverty. Erratic weather, drought, and periodic flooding keep crop yields low, and because most households rely on the land to make a living, it is difficult to make ends meet.
Child Protection
  • 20 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 35 children survivors of abuse received support to help them cope with trauma and recover
  • 4,983 people participated in campaigns to educate the public about child rights and safety
  • 5 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 7 community groups are in place to protect children by monitoring and reporting child rights violations
  • 150 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 2 young people received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 26 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 308 children are getting extra help to improve their reading and writing through camps and classes
  • 58 young people were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 650 children were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 1 community group is teaching children and families to prevent disasters and protect themselves in times of crisis
  • 870 people are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 1,003 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 1,800 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 26 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 330 people were trained on practices to preserve and manage the environment and its resources
  • 380 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and help meet their family needs

*Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018

Explore Gweri

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in Gweri

The HIV prevalence rate in Gweri is an estimated 4%. Widespread stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV and AIDS means that many people do not get the care they so desperately need, and this can lead to trauma, stress, and depression.

AIDS-related deaths combined with deaths from armed conflict have contributed to a rise in the number of younger, female-headed households. These girls and women are prone to abuse, and they face many challenges, including heavy financial burdens, widow inheritance (when a widow is married to a relative of her late husband), and the unethical takeover of property once the male homeowner has died.

Grandparents, who are so often tasked with caring for their adult children who are ill and their orphaned grandchildren, rarely have the necessary financial resources to do so properly. Children without role models or adequate parental guidance often are misinformed and lack appropriate information about HIV, which leaves them vulnerable to exploitation, thus perpetuating the cycle.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Gweri,  is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.