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Uganda is a large, diverse country on the east coast of Africa with a population of over 30 million people. 1.6 million of these live in the capital city of Kampala. About 8% of Ugandans regularly use the Internet, but the majority are connected with mobile phones. High levels of inflation in recent years have made daily necessities increasingly hard to acquire. For example, the cost of a litre of gasoline is greater than most Ugandans earn in a day. Many struggle with unemployment. Poverty, malaria, HIV/AIDS and a lack of access to health care and education are continuing challenges; however, there are many individuals who are committed to helping others and providing new and innovative opportunities.

ICO currently operates in Kampala, the capital, and Kitgum in Northern Uganda.

BULA Children's Home is an officially registered Ugandan NGO that aims to promote childhood development by focusing on children's rights, educational opportunities and sensitivity to each child's unique background.  The home aims to safeguard the children from abuse and neglect, and provide a safe and secure environment for them to grow and flourish.

The Home cares for 27 orphaned and vulnerable children, ranging in ages from 9 to 18 years old. The Home, located in Kampala, was established in early 2009.

Uganda has had a number of successful community dance and empowerment programs to support youth:

Traditional bee keeping is an important seasonal activity in many Ugandan communities.  Farmers' hives are traditionally built from bamboo, and honey is usually pressed by hand. Once the honey is extracted from the comb, it is naturally treated using heat and basic filtration, and then bottled for market.  The honey is sometimes sold to be used for medicinal purposes, such as treating colds or warding off infections suffered by HIV/AIDS.  The wax is used in everything from candles to textiles.

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ICO Initiatives

September 17, 2014
ICO’s Instruments4Africa provides opportunities to underprivileged children in Mali, one of Africa's poorest countries, to get an education and reach their potential. Building on Mali’s rich artistic culture, children receive performing arts training, and are part of a performing arts troupe guided by professional dance and music teachers.