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

More about Kanungu

Kanungu Hills

Kanungu from the Hills

Kanungu from the Hills

This photo was taken during a field trip to the beautiful hills above Kanungu. You can see the strip of development along the main road out of town. This view will look very different in a couple of years when the dirt road is replaced by the new tarmac.

When seen from this distance, Kanungu Town looks smaller than it is, but you can see that this is a very rural population who mainly do not live in town.

Kanungu Town

Kanungu Town

 

November 2019

Village life

A village near Kanungu

A village near Kanungu

These photos illustrates a small village near Kanungu and what life offers to children who are not able to attend one of our schools.

Children not able to attend our school

Children not able to attend our school

 

November 2019

Growing tea

Growing tea

Growing tea

Tea is one of the few export crops which can generate cash for the region. It is hard work tending the tea plants on the steep hillsides.

Tea on a hillside

Tea on a hillside

 

November 2019

Shopping

Kanungu shop

Kanungu shop

These are typical shops whre you can buy household essentials and shoes.

Shopkeeper watching her daughter

Shopkeeper watching her daughter

 

November 2019

Food and accommodation

Small guest house

Small guest house

Many people set up simpe businesses such as this small guest house and this roadside bar.

Roadside bar

Roadside bar

 

November 2019

Making and selling gifts

A small gift shop

A small gift shop

Kanungu is not yet on the tourist map but there are a few visitors. This lady is earning some much-needed cash by making and selling gifts using local materials.

A villager making gifts

A villager making gifts

 

November 2019

Beautifully dressed & friendly

Ladies going shopping

Ladies going shopping

Everybody you meet around Kanungu is friendly and people (especially women) are always beautifully dressed.

Motorcyclists

Motorcyclists

 

November 2019

Tasting local food

Fried grasshoppers

Fried grasshoppers

In November everybody loves to catch the vast numbers of grasshoppers who visit Kanungu. They are considered a delicacy when fried.

We were cautious at first but actually they taste rather like whitebait and eating them is no more remarkable.

 

November 2019

Some facts and figures

Agriculture

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

Source: Uganda Bureau of Statistics

Uganda Facts

Statistics about Uganda (including wealthier urban areas)…

Population:41m
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