Kakiri is a small town of about 6,000 inhabitants located in Wakiso District in Central Uganda, just 30 km from the capital Kampala. Agriculture is the main economic activity of the region. Despite its location so close to the capital, Wakiso District is one of the poorest areas in Uganda. The population is constantly expanding, as people from all over the country migrate here in the hope of finding work. This has led to an increase in informal settlements where living conditions are precarious and basic services, such as sewage and running water, and solid waste management in particular, are often not available. Sometimes houses are also built on wetlands, which are prone to flooding and become unsafe during the rainy season.
A family meal in SOS Children's Village Kakiri (photo: SOS archives)