ABOUT BUNYORO-KITARA

The Kingdom of Bunyoro-Kitara was very extensive, prestigious and famous at the height of its power.  You can learn about the Kingdom's history here.

The U.K. affected the lives of the Banyoro, the people of Bunyoro-Kitara, under colonialism and through favouring its earlier ally, Buganda. By making a contribution to this community today, you are helping to right the wrongs of the colonial past.

Buyoro-Kitara has long been an important African kingdom and is the heir to an even greater empire.  By helping this community to fight poverty, you give it the chance to return to being the great community it once was and has always remained at heart.

The Banyoro had always prided themselves on their self-sufficiency.

Economically, the Kingdom of Bunyoro-Kitara was the supplier of food stuffs to other neighbouring kingdoms. The fertile soils of the Kingdom enabled people to grow plenty of food for home consumption and the surplus was sold to neighbouring communities. People’s economies thus were greatly hinged on agriculture carried on using traditionally-made hoes. Barter trade was also common.

 

The people along Lake Mwitanzige (Lake Albert, named after Queen Victoria's Consort) known as the Bagungu were fishermen. Some communities were hunters using nets, knives and spears as their locally-made tools for killing small animals while the big ones were killed using well dug deep pits (Obuhya). People thus exchanged fish or dried meat (Omukaro) with other food stuffs. The coming of the Bachwezi introduced the culture of cattle-keeping on a larger scale with their long-horned cattle which yielded more milk.

 

Salt processing in Kibiro is still going on up to today. The Abanyakibiro got their living through the exchange of this salt and fish. The Banyoro also produced a number of wooden items, hides and skin items, palm and sisal items, iron and stone items, pottery and mud items, and many others on an economic basis. These were either sold or exchanged for other items that they needed.

However, with over half the population presently lacking literacy skills and almost half the Kingdom's children having been orphaned, there is a fundamental need for development aid to help this community to return to a self-sufficient state.  More than 92% of the population live in poverty, with incomes less than half the Ugandan national average, and only 1% of this population has access to electricity for lighting and cooking.  The community lacks many of the basic essentials that make for a sustainable existence.

That is where you can help!

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