Uniting Hearts, Sharing Heritage & Celebrating Ugandan Culture​

Hello there! We’re the vibrant heart of the Ugandan community in colorful Colorado. Our group is like a big, happy family. We love bringing everyone together for fun events, sharing the latest news, and helping new friends join the crew. Plus, we’re super thankful when kind folks like you help out with donations. Guess what? We’ve got some awesome stuff coming soon! Stay tuned!

Our Core Values

Guiding principles that shape our community and relationships.

Unity

We believe in fostering unity among our members and celebrating the diversity of Ugandan culture.​​

Community

Building a strong sense of community where individuals can connect, share, and support each other.

Diversity

Embracing and promoting diversity within our community, valuing the unique backgrounds and perspectives of each member.

Our Story

At Colorado Ugandans, we aim to create a vibrant space where community members can engage in cultural activities, share news, and foster a strong sense of unity.

Founded with the vision of celebrating Ugandan heritage and establishing a supportive community in the Rocky Mountain region.

Colorado Ugandans has proudly served a diverse group of individuals in the community, including Ugandans, friends, and supporters of cultural diversity.

About Uganda (Historical/Political Background)

Uganda is a former British Protectorate, bordered by Kenya to the East, Tanzania and Rwanda to the south, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to the west, and Sudan to the North. It got its independence in October 1962, and since then has had several coup d’Etats, one by Dr. Milton Obote, then Idi Amin Dada, then Pro. Yusuf Lule, a Military Commission, and Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the current president, since 1986.

Before the first coup (1966) Uganda was tranquil, prosperous and relatively cohesive.  It’s great beauty was once admired by Winston Churchill to the extent he called it “The Pearl of Africa”, but since then with the coups mentioned above, Uganda ranks as one the most corrupt nation in the world, which over time has led to many of its citizens to flee to other countries

Uganda shares Lake Victoria with Kenya and Tanzania, river Nile with Sudan, Lake Albert and mountain Rwenzori with DRC.

Uganda has a population of 32.4 million (2009 CIA est.) people comprising at least 26 distinct tribes, with 80% of the workforce employed in agriculture.  The population age structure is 0-14 years 50%, 15-64 at 47.9% and 65 years and above 2.1%

Facts about Uganda
Follow the link below for some facts about Uganda as written by the Government of Uganda.
http://www.statehouse.go.ug/about-uganda

Tourism in Uganda
Tourism is Uganda continues to be one of the major foreign exchange earners and this has helped in uplifting the livelihood of Ugandans particularly those in rural areas. The Uganda Tourism Board has done a good job of providing a website that we can share with our friends in North America that have intentions of visiting Uganda.  Please visit the link below for more info:
http://www.visituganda.com/index.php

Religion in Uganda
Uganda is religiously diverse nation with Christianity and Islam being the most widely professed religions. According to the 2014 census, over 84 percent of the population was Christian while about 14 percent of the population adhered to Islam. Also a small percentage of the population still practice the indigenous religions(Traditional beliefs) and sometimes these Traditional beliefs  are confused with witchcraft.

About Ugandans in Colorado
Colorado Ugandan Community:

The community of Ugandans in the State of Colorado, particularly those living in the Denver metro area got together in 1999 and decided to start an association. It is estimated that there are more than 700 families with attachment to Uganda, either by birth, marriage, etc.  It is estimated that 70% of the adults have college degrees with some employed in relatively good positions. Unfortunately, most of those degree holders are not employed in areas of their education/expertise.

The United Ugandans Association of Colorado
Background:
The community of Ugandans in the State of Colorado, particularly those living in the Denver metro area got together  in 1999 and decided to start an association “United Ugandan Association” registered as a non-profit corporation in Colorado, with the following goals:

  • Provide information to the Ugandan community and assist it in accessing local resources available
  • Advocate for the recognition of the contributions and impact made by immigrants to the US, especially from the Ugandan Community
  • Provide timely information and/or legal assistance to those facing deportation or other legal issues
  • Conduct training sessions in information technology, small business start-ups, cultural, art, and other endeavors
  • Increase participation and membership with community organizations with similar goals
  • Disseminate education and information related to health, especially HIV/AIDS
  • Address social issues that affect women and children, such as domestic abuse, sexual harassment, alcohol, drug abuse, financial deprivation, etc

The above were later revised to reflect the changing needs of the community.

The arrival of internet technology,  saw the rise of information powerhouses like …”Google” and later followed by such brands as Facebook, Twitter and Watsapp, facilitated by new innovations like smart phones, wireless networking, etc. It became obvious that our original objective, which was to ..”Provide information to the Ugandan Community and assist the community in accessing local resources”…was outdated and some how irrelevant! While we have tried to keep the original objective in mind, we have  re- branded our number one objective. To date, the   number one objective of The United Ugandans Association of Colorado is to bring Ugandans and Friends of Uganda living in the State of Colorado together. We can all agree that once Ugandans and Friends of Uganda are together, the dissemination of information is given and easy because of the large Networking pool.  Our number one objective is a very simple formula for any immigrant community! We cannot and shall not achieve all the other objectives if we are not together and united.  Therefore, below are the modern objectives of the United Ugandans Association of Colorado:

  • To bring together Ugandans and Friends of Uganda living in the State of Colorado
  • To preserve and promote the Ugandan culture and Traditions
  • To encourage Colorado Ugandans, particularly the youths arriving from Uganda to pursue Education on arrival and also embark on a career that will meet the demands of the 21st century
  • To  encourage Colorado Ugandans and Friends to participate in the American process through; voting, education, wealth building, military service, etc
  •  To celebrate success stories in the Colorado Ugandan Community; Marriages, Graduations, New borns, Business startups, etc
  • To socialize as we celebrate our Ugandan Heritage and Culture through annual functions like; Uganda Independence, Summer Picnic, Christmas Day, American Football, etc
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