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Getting Support: Uganda

Getting Support: Uganda

This is a list of organisations that work specifically in Uganda. They often focus on practical assistance and peer support.

East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP)


EHAHRDP, based in Kampala, is active throughout the East and Horn of Africa region. Their core work is to support the protection and safety of human rights defenders, including journalists. Besides advocacy and reporting, they aim to build the capacity of organisations and individuals throughout the region. They run safety training courses, and a resource centre in Kampala.

Contact: Kampala, Uganda -

InterAid Uganda


InterAid Uganda is a NGO involved in projects geared towards the improvement of the livelihoods of the disadvantaged persons both in urban rural areas. InterAid provides counselling and information on where to obtain services for psychosocial support, health, children and primary education, legal issues and disputes, English classes and livelihood support.

Contact: 0414-347022 - - Plot 1102, Block 8, Kabaka-Anjagala Road, Rubaga P.O. Box 7064, Kampala.

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS)


JRS is an international Catholic organisation. In Kampala, JRS provides food assistance for newly arrived documented asylum seekers in emergency situations for a limited period of time, and rent payment for the most vulnerable newly arrived asylum seekers, especially those with big families.

Refugees can access medical support for urgent medical cases. JRS also provides English courses for adults, vocational courses, such as baking, hairdressing, and fashion design, as well scholarships for primary school.

Contact: +256 414 266264 - Old Gaba Road, behind the US Embassy, P.O. Box 7410, Kampala, Uganda.

Refugee Law Project (RLP)

RLP is an organisation that researches, reports on and advocates for the rights of refugees in Uganda. They also provide legal and psycho-social support to forced migrants. There are a lot of resources available on their website, which should be a first point of call for any refugee in Uganda.

Contact: Plot 5, 7 & 9 Perryman Gardens, Old Kampala
(Opposite Old Kampala Primary School) / +256 (0)414 343 556 /

Uganda Journalists Union (UJU)

UJU defends and protects local and foreign journalists working, and or residing in Uganda. The union plays a significant role in protecting exiled foreign journalists, and helping get recommended and linked to international media and human rights support agencies. It runs programmes on safety and protection of journalists, human rights, ethical journalism, labour rights, gender mainstreaming, the plight of freelance journalists, transparency, democracy, accountability and good governance.

Contact: Stephen Ouma Bwire, General Secretary of the Uganda Journalists Union, +256 752643296, +256 70264329 -, Hotel Equatoria Arcade, Plot 37/39, First Floor, Office number 386, William Street, Kampala, Uganda.
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