Our Work

Protecting Widows and Orphans in Uganda

Hands unlocking a padlocked door with a key

In rural Uganda,
land is life.

A widow’s land represents her primary source of food, shelter, income, savings, social standing, and security.

The greatest threat to Uganda’s widows and orphans is not hunger, thirst, or disease. It is that violent men will leverage their strength, resources, and social standing to tear these women and children from the land they depend on for survival.

In Uganda, one in three widows will lose her home.

Widow in front of her land with a farming tool

“They came with canes. They uprooted my crops and threw them in the road. They beat my cow to death. They forced me to sign an agreement to give away my property. They mocked me, saying, ‘Where will you report me? What can you do to me?’ But what hurt me the most is when the leader told me, ‘I have left a grave there for your son.’ That image has never left my mind.”

Protecting by Partnering

We deploy teams of Ugandan professionals to partner with local authorities in cases where land has been stolen from widows and orphans. Four Intervention Teams have been deployed so far, with six more planned.

Man being arrested

Prosecution

We partner with local police officers and prosecutors to investigate land theft cases, arrest perpetrators, and convict them of their crimes.
Woman smiling next to her cow which is feeding at a trough

Restoration

We partner with local courts and tribunals to safely return widows and orphans to the land that had been taken from them.
Two women placing both hands against the other woman's hands

Rehabilitation

We partner with local ministries and social service providers to ensure that land theft survivors can flourish in their newfound safety.

Intervention Team Results

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Updated January 2023.

The Multiplying Power of Deterrence

Redeem’s goal is not just to restore individual clients, but to create a deterrent impact that prevents future abuses and protects every widow and orphan in the community.

To amplify the deterrence of every case, we partner with local media, as well as cultural, religious, and political leaders, to broadcast the results as a warning to potential criminals.

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Projected Impact of Intervention Teams

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People Protected
Numbers based on demographic data, population trends, and a projected 50% victimization rate reduction in the communities served by our active Intervention Teams.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Mariam celebrates with her Redeem social worker after her legal victory.

Mariam's Story of Redemption

Over the course of 17 years, Mariam endured the death of her husband and her children, false imprisonment, the theft of her 10-acre farmland, and the destruction of her home. Finally, she found hope when Redeem intervened.