Zakat Foundation in Uganda

Officially the Republic of Uganda, Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa bordered by Kenya, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Tanzania.

Uganda has been through several humanitarian crises, including civil conflict, food crisis, flooding, refugee influx, and persistent droughts. Uganda is one of the poorest countries in the world and the vast majority of Ugandans are farmers on small plots of land, which are used for subsistence agriculture or for the cultivation of cash crops, such as coffee and tea. When natural disasters occur, such as drought or flooding, farming becomes impossible and the Ugandan people lose their crops, their livestock, and thus their livelihood. This makes the majority of the population particularly vulnerable to adverse weather and climate patterns.

In Uganda, Zakat Foundation of America has provided emergency relief to counter severe outbreaks of malaria, installed water wells and pumps for communities suffering from water scarcity, and distributed free food and gifts for the Ramadan and Eid holidays.

Sources: UN Stats | World Bank | Pew Research Center

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