Uganda

  • Location: East-Central Africa, west of Kenya, east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo 
  • Border countries : Democratic Republic of the Congo 877 km, Kenya 814 km, Rwanda 172 km, South Sudan 475 km, Tanzania 391 km
  • Climat: tropical generally rainy with two dry seasons (December to February, June to August); semiarid in northeast
  • Population: 44 million  (July 2021 est.)
  • Languages
    • English (official language)
    • Ganda or Luganda (most widely used)
    • Other languages, Nilo-Saharan languages, Swahili (official)
  • Religions: Protestant 45.1% (Anglican 32.0%, Pentecostal/Born Again/Evangelical 11.1%, Seventh Day Adventist 1.7%, Baptist .3%), Roman Catholic 39.3%, Muslim 13.7%, other 1.6%, none 0.2% (2014 est.)
  • Age structure
    • 0-14 years: 48.21% 
    • 15-24 years: 20.25% 
    • 25-54 years: 26.24%
    • 55-64 years: 2.91% 
    • 65 years and over: 2.38% 
  • Birth rate: 41.6 births/1,000 population (2021 est.)
  • Death rate: 5.17 deaths/1,000 population (2021 est.)
  • Government type: presidential republic
  • Capital: name: Kampala
  • Time difference: UTC+3
  • Independence: 9 October 1962 (from the UK)

Economy

  • Real GDP growth rate: 
    • 4.8% (2017 est.)
    • 2.3% (2016 est.)
    • 5.7% (2015 est.)
  • Inflation rate (consumer prices)
    • 2.8% (2019 est.)
    • 2.6% (2018 est.)
    • 5.6% (2017 est.)
  • Real GDP (purchasing power parity)
    • $96.838 billion (2019 est.)
    • $90.669 billion (2018 est.)
    • $85.406 billion (2017 est.)
  • Real GDP per capita
    • $2,187 (2019 est.)
    • $2,122 (2018 est.)
    • $2,075 (2017 est.)

Uganda is in the African Great Lakes region. Uganda also lies within the Nile Basin and has a varied but generally a modified equatorial climate.

Uganda is named after the Buganda kingdom, which encompasses a large portion of the south of the country, including the capital Kampala. The people of Uganda were hunters gatherers until 1,700 to 2,300 years ago, when Bantu-speaking populations migrated to the southern parts of the country.

British influence in Uganda began in the 1860s with explorers seeking the source of the Nile and expanded in subsequent decades with various trade agreements and the establishment of the Uganda Protectorate in 1894. The colonial boundaries created by Britain to delimit Uganda grouped together a wide range of ethnic groups with different political systems and cultures. These differences complicated the establishment of a working political community after independence was achieved in 1962. The dictatorial regime of Idi AMIN (1971-79) was responsible for the deaths of some 300,000 opponents; guerrilla war and human rights abuses under Milton OBOTE (1980-85) claimed at least another 100,000 lives. The rule of Yoweri MUSEVENI since 1986 has brought relative stability and economic growth to Uganda. In December 2017, parliament approved the removal of presidential age limits, thereby making it possible for MUSEVENI to continue standing for office. Uganda faces numerous challenges, including explosive population growth, power and infrastructure constraints, and others

History of St. Paul Service in Uganda

  • The Coptic Orthodox service started in Uganda with an exploratory mission in November 2012. The First mission took place in June 2013.The number of servants travelling every year has increased from 20 in 2013 to 70 in 2019.The service in the missions is as follows:
    1. Spiritual program for churches, orphanages and different communities and organizations.
    2. School program
    3. Spiritual days and events
    4. Catechumens classes and trips 
    5. Sunday school for Ugandans
    6. Sunday schools for Egyptians
    7. Ugandan servants of partners’ churches meetings
    8. Orphanages services
    9. Prisons services
    10. hospitals services
    11. elders home visits
    12. refugee settlement
    13. services for special needs
    14. services for Egyptians
    15. Christmas choir and celebrations
    16. church support programs

    The service in the Center is as follows:

    1. Sunday School for Ugandans
    2. Summer School
    3. Booklet ( check Booklet description)
    4. English Courses
    5. Arts program
    6. Chess School
    7. Sports program
    8. Women Development
    9. Bible Study
    10. Crafts
    11. Yogurt factory

    Our Achievements in Uganda (Not in order):

    1. Exploration in 2012
    2. Building strong ties with 
      1. Greek Orthodox and Angelican Churches
      2. Communities leaders
      3. Local government counsel
      4. Number of local NGOs
      5. Egyptian diplomatic mission
    3. Reaching to thouthands of Ugandan kids and families with our service
    4. Reaching to different areas in Uganda.
    5. Basing our main activities in three locations Kampla, Busimbatia and Sesse Islands 
    6. Renting Mission House (May 2016)
    7. Registering “life with purpose” NGO (June 2016)
    8. HG Bishop Antonios Markos Visit (July 2016)
    9. Registering Land for the Church (March 2017)
    10. HG Bishop Antonios Markos visit for lying the Cornerstone of the church (July 2017)
    11. First Baptizing group
    12. Appointing Local servants
    13. Local Servants are in charge of Ugandan sunday schools service under Fr. Morcos supervision.
    14. Registering The Coptic Church in Uganda(January 2018)
    15. Baptising kids and local servants (Second Baptizing)  (2018)
    16. Ordaining Deacons (2019)
    17. Church Construction and drawing (2018)
    18. Ordaining a resident Priest “Father Raphael” (2020)

    Our service reached many areas around Uganda, churches in Kampala the capital, Northern, Eastern and Western 

  • We plan, manage and implement our activities under the the following programs
    • Weekly communion
    • Our ugandan servants meetings with country Fathers 
    • Catechumens
      • Catechumens classes
      • Parents Meeting.
      • Catechumens trips, spirituals days and conferences
    • Kids and Families
      • Sunday school.
      • Home visitations service
      • Bible Studies
      • Booklet (its purpose is to let the children and youth get to know more about the bible stories and implement the Christian Orthodox values in them)
      • Egyptian Family meeting
      • Sunday School for the Egyptian kids
      • Summer School
      • English Courses
      • Arts program
      • Chess School
      • Sports program
      • Christmas choir and celebrations
    • Gonza books
    • School program
    • Church Support
      • Spiritual program for ugandan local churches, orphanages and different communities and organizations.
      • Spiritual days and events
      • Ugandan partners churches’ servants meetings
    • Helping Hand
      • Orphanages services
      • Prisons services
      • hospitals services
      • elders home visits
      • refugee settlement
      • services for special needs

    These activities are covered all year long through residents or/and periodical through missions.

    We serve many Angelican, Greek Orthodox and Penticostal churches, during our missions, where the number of the attendees has increased throughout the years to reach thousands.

    Every mission consists of a main topic that is covered by a drama, a part from the Bible and a spiritual preparation with practical lessons learned for each age group

    In Christmas Missions we add to our mission preparations many Christmas spiritual songs.

  • Specifications covered: dental, gp, eyes, pediatrics, orthopedic, dermatology 
  • Surgeries: hernia,cataract 
  • Locations/Areas/range: central (kampala) , West (Mbrara), Ssese Islands, East (busembatia) North( Arua)
  • Patients count around the years: 10,000
  • Missing/needed specifications: 
    • Optical
    • GP 
    • Pharmacist 
    • Pediatrics
    • Dental
    • Dermatologist
  • In 2013, Leaderships skills course was presented to 400 students in 5 different schools
  • In 2014, Leadership skills and Team work course were teached to 2000 students in 10 different schools
  • In 2015, Time Management, Peace and conflict part 1, Team work & stress management courses were teached to 5960 students in different 24 schools
  • In 2016, Peace and conflict part 2, Stress management, Constructive and Destructive Behaviors courses were teached to 6370 students in 25 schools
  • In 2017, Peer pressure, Peace and conflict part 3&4, Be proactive, Setting priorities & Active listening courses were teached to 6000 students in 25 schools
  • In 2018, Peace and conflict 5&6 & Honesty courses were teached to 6890 students in 26 schools
  • In 2019, Peace and conflict 5&6 & Team work courses were teached to
    3990 students in 15 schools.
  • Our residents in Uganda are building work-to-earn sustainable programs to support our local community.4 projects have been a part of the women development:
    • Yogurt project
    • Paper bags
    • Crafts
    • Sewing project

    To help people learn and develop some other skills, our center in Kampala offers and arrange music, crafts and sports courses.

  • We still have more to achieve including:
    • Medical Center
    • Coptic School
    • Get a new center in Sessse island 
    • proceed in the construction of our church faster especially that now we have a resident Priest ( F. Raphael)
    • More residents 
    • Finish more Booklets and develop them to be used in our church support program.
    • Develop new center activities 
    • reach new areas 
    • Develop our service for our surrounding community as they will be the church congregation.