CVT began its international outreach in the East African nation of Uganda in 2008, where church leaders throughout the region are eager to participate in CVT’s work.
Uganda is an equatorial country of approximately 28 million people, an estimated two million orphans, and a gross domestic product roughly equivalent to that of North Korea or Haiti. Since the fall of Idi Amin in 1979 and the subsequent dictatorship that followed until 1986, Uganda has enjoyed relative political stability under the leadership of democratically elected president Yoweru Musevini. Uganda is particularly in need of development in rural villages. In urban areas like the capital city of Kampala, there is much poverty, but the service sector is growing at an annual rate of approximately 7-9%. In rural villages, however, where about 90% of Ugandans reside, people live in abject poverty. The economy of most rural areas is supported by agriculture but remains stagnant due to lack of infrastructure, education, health, and economic opportunity.