Uganda remains one of the poorest countries in the world. In 2019/2020, 12.3 million people (30.1% of the population) lived below the poverty line of U.S. $1.77 per person per day, according to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, 2021.
The number of Ugandans who are not poor but vulnerable increased as well as the number of those who shift in and out of poverty. The proportion of people who are not poor but vulnerable to poverty increased by ten percentage points, from 33% in 1992/1993 to 43% in 2016/2017 (World Bank Group, 2016). Between 2015 and 2019, 8.4% of households moved out of poverty, while 10.2% slipped into poverty (Uganda Bureau of Statistics, 2020). And the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the problem, causing 300,000 more Ugandans to slide back into poverty, according to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics for 2020 and 2021.
JesusFedMe is helping many needy families, but it’s like putting your toe in an ocean. While that sounds pessimistic, we know that we can’t help all, but those we help are so grateful, and it is making a big difference in many lives. God has not called us to save the world, but we can help save one at a time, and we are truly grateful for that.