The food line at Nyakabande transit centre in south-western Uganda. Working with the Red Cross, WFP provides meals to all refugees and asylum seekers who continue to arrive, fleeing instability in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
At the moment WFP supports nearly 160,00 refugees, the majority of whom are Congolese. With a funding shortfall currently, WFP prioritizes new arrivals over refugees that arrived sometime back in Uganda.
WFP assistance eases the resettlement process for refugees. On arrival in Uganda, often with traumatized or malnourished children, and with hardly any belongings, refugees are usually not in position to cook for themselves.
In the villages where refugees get settled, WFP provides take-home rations. These sustain the refugees until they are able to provide for themselves from land that the Government allocates to each family.
The U.S.A. is the largest funder of WFP's humanitarian and development programmes, providing both in-kind and cash assistance. So far this year, the U.S. has given US$12 million to WFP for its humanitarian operations in Uganda.