Young Life Uganda

Reaching the young people of Uganda

Young Life in Uganda has continued to grow since its beginning in 2005, and over 133,000 kids have been reached with the gospel message.

133,898 teens
reached in Uganda and counting…

Uganda

  • Population: 43,587,736
  • Main languages: English, Swahili, Kaliko, Mvuba
  • Kids touched by YLA: 133,898

Uganda summary

Situated in east-central Africa, west of Kenya and east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo lies the tropical country of Uganda. The colonial boundaries created by Britain to delimit Uganda grouped together a wide range of ethnic groups with different political systems and cultures, complicating the establishment of a working political community after independence was achieved in 1962. Dictatorial regimes, guerrilla war and human rights abuses characterize much of Uganda’s recent history. This majority agriculture region has one of the youngest and most rapidly growing populations in the world, and Uganda has been both a source of refugees and migrants as well as a host country for refugees.

Young Life in Uganda has continued to grow since its beginning in 2005, and over 133,000 kids have been reached with the gospel message. Every week, an average of 17,000 kids attend outreach clubs in their communities, and over 5,000 have joined a small group Bible study. With over 19 national staff members and 230 ministries, the future looks bright for Young Life in Uganda. Many former Young Life kids are now stepping up and becoming Young Life leaders, and this year brought over 12,000 kids to camp.

Our impact

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Growth (2017)
Kids Reached 27,946 43,354 76,100 94,854 133,898 41%
Avg. Kids at Clubs 4,943 8,962 15,135 16,326 17,798 9%
Avg. Kids in Campaigners 874 1,611 3,106 3,463 5,487 58%
Number of Ministries 64 117 162 176 230 31%
National Staff 3 4 12 13 19 46%
DGL 3 5 3 9 9 0%
Kids & Leaders to Camp 2,207 7,026 7,386 9,482 15,119 59%

Our ministries

Every week, an average of 17,000 kids attend outreach clubs in their communities, and over 5,000 have joined a small group Bible study. With over 19 national staff members and 230 ministries, the future looks bright for Young Life in Uganda. Many former Young Life kids are now stepping up and becoming Young Life leaders, and this year brought over 12,000 kids to camp.

Young Life is the biggest ministry with over 12,000 kids in club weekly across the country in 2016/2017. We had 27 camps country wide. We thank God that over 5,323 kids committed their life to Christ.

It has over 2,338 students attending club weekly across the country in over 10 Universities, with enthusiastic volunteer club leaders. This year Young Life College students had two community outreaches, one to a public hospital (government hospital) in Eastern Uganda- scrubbing hospital floors, drainages, praying for the sick and they loved it. Then they went to Mbarara, the western part of Uganda reaching out to the market place with the love of Christ sweeping and cleaning litter from the market area.

These are kids that do not attend school. We had two camps of 400 campers each in 2016/2017. They had fun and loved every moment of their time at camp.

WyldLife is still growing and going forward, we hope to have camps for WyldLife. So far about 597 kids attend club weekly in ten areas across the country.

We have about 5,323 kids meet weekly. The challenge is still getting Bible study guides. However, God has supplied us with wisdom and created a study guide book for the session.

We have a DGL student who is studying a course related to Capernaum and she is passionate about this ministry. We are praying for wisdom on how to support her and have this ministry reach out to those kids.

This ministry picked up steadily in 2016/2017. We had a women leaders’ camp in January of over 437 ladies. Women have always been part of the general ministry statistics. However, going forward our intention is to increase women involvement at all levels of ministry in Uganda. We have two women coordinators who sit at the national office to think and dream for the women ministry in the country and it’s our prayer that these two will get on paid staff.

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