Kanungu Region

We work in Kanungu in the far Southwest of Uganda because it is a region in great need of help. That doesn’t make it sound very nice. Actually, it is a beautiful place with warm, welcoming and happy people.

It is a joy to visit rural Uganda, to walk the hills, see the wildlife and, most importantly, meet the local people. Lack of money certainly doesn’t result in less hospitality. And, everywhere you go, there are smiling children who stop what they are doing to wave at mzungo (white visitors) as they drive past.

It is a long drive from Kampala, the capital, to Kanungu and its neighbouring districts Rukungiri, Kabale and Kisoro. The last two hours are on dirt roads so travel is slow but the scenery makes up for the delay.

If you are interested in visiting, do get in touch with us for introductions and travel tips.

This page provides some facts about Kanungu, an introduction to the people and some photographs of the area.

Map of Southwestern Uganda

Southwestern Uganda, where we work

Some facts and figures


The area is fertile and most people work on the land. The main crops are:

  • bananas
  • beans
  • cassava
  • coffee
  • maize
  • matoke
  • peas
  • potatoes
  • rice
  • sorghum
  • sweet potatoes
  • tea

Source: Wikipedia

Kanungu Facts

Statistics about the area where we work…

Number of
53% of people are
below 17 years
No of orphans:One parent: 8.8%
No parents: 2.6%
Primary: 70%
Secondary: 13%
Above: 3%
Distance to
fetch water:
64% > ½km
Kitchen: 11%
Bathroom: 9%
Main income:Subsistence farming: 73%

Source: Uganda Bureau of Statistics

Uganda Facts

Statistics about Uganda (including wealthier urban areas)…

Living below
$1.90 per day:
35% of the population
Life expectancy:59 years
Gross National Income:$660 per person
per year
Gross National Income:1% per person
annual growth

Source: World Bank