Number of people served in 2022:  29,653 

Uganda hosts over 1.5 million refugees and asylum seekers mainly from South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Somalia. Uganda is the leading refugee-hosting country in sub-Saharan Africa.

Most refugees (91%) live in settlements within 11 rural districts alongside host communities. These refugee-hosting areas are among the poorest and most underdeveloped in the country. Refugees exacerbate underlying economic, environmental, and development challenges faced by the Ugandan population in these districts. The remaining 9% of the refugee population lives in the capital city, Kampala.


Our work in Uganda

JRS Uganda has two locations. There are two offices in Kampala and one office in Adjumani in the Westnile Region. In Kampala, JRS has well-established projects that support urban refugees. To be able to serve a wide community of urban refugees within the city, a satellite office was established in Rubaga, a Kampala suburb. In Adjumani JRS supports refugees, asylum seekers, and the most vulnerable host community members reaching out to the neighboring district Obongi.
JRS offers services in basic needs, education, mental health & psychosocial support, livelihoods, socio-economic integration, pastoral care and peacebuilding and reconciliation. These services enable refugees and asylum seekers to integrate into host communities. This approach, combined with Uganda’s progressive refugee laws and freedoms, allows refugees to become self-reliant and be treated with dignity.

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JRS Uganda Country Director

Christina Zetlmeisl  

Project locations:

Kampala, Adjumani, Obongi

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