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Habitat for Humanity Uganda

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HFH Uganda
Plot 7206 Bukasa Close Off Muyenga Tankhill Road
Fax: +256 414501458
Phone: 774787425

Habitat's work in Uganda

Number of families served this year: 

Country Profile

Habitat for Humanity Uganda

Habitat for Humanity Uganda (HFHU), affiliated to Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1982, HFHU has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 8,100 housing units in Uganda, providing simple, affordable shelter for over 60,000 individuals in 20 districts.

The housing need in Uganda

Uganda has about 6.82 million households living in 6.2 million housing units, with an average household size of 6 persons (2012 estimate). There is a total backlog of 1.6 million housing units of which 900,000 housing units are sub-standard houses or structures which were never meant for human habitation. About 210,000 units are in urban areas, the remaining 1.39 million units are in rural areas. The annual need for new housing is estimated at 200,000 (135,000 rural and 65,000 urban). The estimated construction rate of reasonably good houses is at 60,000 housing units (40,000 rural and 20,000 urban). By 2020, the population of Uganda is estimated to reach 49 million and the housing need will be about 3 million units.

How Habitat addressed the need in Uganda

In order to reach many more low-income families and keeping pace with Uganda’s growing population, HFHU adopted a two pronged approach to housing intervention - a Vulnerable Groups Housing Program and a Housing Microfinance Program.

Here are some examples of Habitat projects in Uganda:

  • Vulnerable groups housing program
    This program seeks to reach orphans and vulnerable children and their care givers or families taking care of children orphaned or rendered vulnerable by war, HIV/AIDS and other causes. For each of these families, Habitat’s intervention includes provision of a home complete with a rain water harvesting system and a tank, and a ventilated improved pit-latrine attached to a shower stall.

    Other assistance provided includes training on HIV/AIDS, succession planning (inheritance rights), provision of insecticide treated mosquito nets and other relevant life skills. The program is currently being implemented in Eastern Uganda districts of Mayuge and Kumi and in Kiryandongo district in Western Uganda, for the survivors of the 2010 landslide in Bududa district.

  • Housing microfinance program
    A credit transaction with low-income families to help finance their housing needs. The program is divided into two projects: wholesale lending and retail lending respectively.

    Wholesale lending: The long-term objective of this project is to influence the Micro Finance Industry in Uganda to take on HMF as a viable loan product. The short-term objective is to assist families improve their housing conditions using microfinance institutions as implementing institutions. If many microfinance institutions are offering housing loans, it will increase housing options for 80 percent of the countries lowincome families. Our current partnership is with ENCOT MFI in south-western Uganda.

    Retail Lending: Under Retail Lending, HFHU directly offers Home Improvement Loans to families in Luwero district and Buikwe Districts. Direct lending ensures that HFHU not only reaches more families but also constantly keeps abreast with opportunities available and challenges to housing by low-income groups.

Meet a Habitat family

In March 2010, the Bududa landslide disaster, stunned the country and led to the death of more than 400 individuals and displaced more than 620 families in eastern Uganda. Berna’s husband was one of the victims who died in the landslide. Berna had built a small one-room house for herself and her four children. The walls were made of mud and wattle and the roof was covered with tarpaulin. The walls had holes and cracks and the family lived in fear that strong winds would make the house collapse. Habitat Uganda built a new fourroom house for Berna. She said: “I still cannot believe that this house is mine. No more cracks in the walls, no more worries about those floods which ever reminded us of the disaster. Imagine rain is now a blessing and not a curse.”

What you can do

You can help Ugandan families improve their living conditions by taking one or more of the following actions:


Go to and designate your gift to Habitat Uganda.


Join one of the scheduled Global Village trips to Europe, Middle East and Africa or lead your own. For more information go to:


Establish a strong and rewarding tithe partnership to help build houses globally! Quote 865900, UGANDA on your checks sent to: Habitat for Humanity International, Attn: Affiliate Tithe, 121 Habitat St. Americus, GA 31709


To learn more about Habitat projects in Uganda or in other parts of the region, please contact us.

Habitat for Humanity Uganda

Habitat for Humanity Europe, Middle East and Africa
Colleen Hughes, Program Manager


Country facts:

Capital: Kampala
Main country facts: Gained independence in 1962
Population: 35.9 million
Urbanization: 15.6 percent live in cities
Life expectancy: 54 years
Unemployment rate: 4.2 percent
Population living below poverty line: 24.5 percent

Find more country facts on:
CIA The World Factbook – Uganda


Habitat facts:

When the program started: 1982
Families served: More than 3,000
Housing Solutions: New homes, Renovations, repairs, home improvements, Housing microfinance