Our Community

IMG_5059Jinja is the second-largest town in Uganda, and its second-busiest commercial center, after the capital, Kampala. Established in 1907, Jinja is known for its location next to Lake Victoria, the source of the Nile river. Fishing is a primary means of employment in this area.  Jinja is located in Busoga territory, meaning the main tribe represented there is the Basoga. But because Jinja was a hub for economic growth, over the last century it has become a more diverse area. Many displaced Acholi and Karamajong people settled here to escape the wars of their home territories. Throughout Uganda, there are as many as 56 separate tribes and languages. In Jinja and its surrounding areas, as many as 10 different languages are spoken. Jinja is surrounded by a number of villages, including Mmpummudde, which is approximately a ten-minute ride (by bodaboda!) away from the center of Jinja.


Mmpummudde (pronounced ‘mm pu mu day’) is known to be one of the most hospitable villages in this area of Uganda. It is home to around 100,000 people. The people of Mmpumudde are a mixture of small scale farmers, fishermen, and employees of small industries. Mmpumudde has 6 primary schools and 3 secondary schools.