Nyanjime Macleans (left), 12, and Tutikel Nadine, 9, peep into their makeshift school in Rhino Camp, a refugee settlement in Ofua Zone 2, in Uganda's Arua district, to see what was written on the chalkboard before the school closed for the holidays. The two said they couldn't wait for school to reopen in February.
Siraje Munyagwa, 16, competes in an under-18 contest at the annual street jam skate party at the Kitintale Skate Park in Kampala, Uganda. Siraje emerged the winner in the Jan. 14 competition, which was organized by the Uganda Skateboard Union.
Ananias Kobuyambi (center) and members of his family cut a cake to celebrate his 90th birthday on Dec. 26 at his home in Rutooma village, Kabuyanda, a subcounty of Uganda’s Isingiro district. In Uganda, the average life expectancy is 62.
Charity Rose Pimer (left), 10, shows the other children how to make a robot at a workshop in Uganda’s Kampala district. Fundi Bots, a nongovernmental organization focused on making science education fun for children ages 6 to 18, organized the event.
Shirah Amarati, 14, carries home a load of papyrus that she cut at a nearby swamp in Uganda’s Gulu district. Shirah will sun-dry the papyrus for about one week, then use it to make mats that she will sell at the Gulu town market.
From left: Musa Kintu, Simon Kirya, Esau Mukisa and Edgar Mirimu, ages 5 to 7, slide down a hill on a broken vehicle part near the Kalerwe Market in Kalerwe, a suburb of Kampala, Uganda. Their parents sell goods at the market.
Artists in a group known as Monk 256 took part in the first AFRI-CANS Street Art & Graffiti Festival in Kampala, Uganda, on Nov. 25. Members of Monk 256 organized the festival, which brought street artists from Kenya, the United States and Germany together to showcase their work.
People crowded Kampala Road for the sixth Kampala City Festival, organized as part of Uganda’s independence celebration in October. This year, the theme was “Revel Diversity,” and the event celebrated the nation’s capital and its cultural and social life with entertainment that included performances by local musicians and comedians.
James Tendo danced as he whistled and blew the vuvuzela to attract customers on Oct. 6 to buy merchandise tied to the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match the next day between the Uganda Cranes and the Ghana Black Stars football teams at Mandela National Stadium in Kampala, Uganda. Tendo’s items included Uganda Cranes jerseys, vuvuzelas, whistles and wristbands. The game ended in a draw. Uganda will compete again on Nov. 12 against the Congo Diables Rouges team.
Tour guide Bernard Tenywa (right) leads children from the Canossa St. Joseph Lweza Kindergarten in a moment of prayer at the Uganda Martyrs’ Shrine, a Catholic church in Namugongo, a suburb of Uganda’s capital, Kampala. This faith-based tourism site, which is about 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) northeast of Kampala, is known for the killings of Ugandan Roman Catholic martyrs in 1885, after the king, Mwanga, decreed that they must denounce their faith or be burned alive.
People attending the 10th Bayimba International Festival of the Arts in Kampala, Uganda, drink malwa, a local beer made of millet. This year’s festival, held Sept. 22 to 24, showcased work from Ugandan, German, South African and Colombian artists.
Gomba County football team fans celebrate a goal against Ssingo County during the Airtel Masaza Cup at Mandela National Stadium in Kampala, Uganda. Gomba won the game 1-0. The annual football tournament features teams from the 18 counties that make up the Buganda Kingdom in Uganda.
Saana Gateja shows his artwork, made from recycled paper beads and cloth, at his workshop in Lubowa, a suburb of Kampala, Uganda. Gateja tells stories with his art and aims to teach Uganda’s history and traditions through visual arts and crafts.
Hope Ayite does level 2 of a ropes challenge at Extreme Adventure Park in Busiika, a residential area about 32 kilometers (20 miles) north of Kampala, Uganda. The park, which opened in 2014, provides outdoor activities that include the three-level ropes course, wall climbing, zip-lining, power jumps, bamboo rafting, a spider web-shaped climbing net and paintball.
Victoria Nabasa, 13, (right) a student from the Chiperoy Nursery and Primary School demonstrates traditional methods of cooking traditional cuisine at the Uganda International Cultural Fair, which took place at the Uganda Museum in Kampala on July 28. The fair is held once a year.
The drummers of Kika Entertainment performed for guests with their traditional Bakisimba music at the opening event of the Buganda Book Fair on July 20 in Kampala, Uganda. The event encouraged reading and writing, especially in the Luganda language, and focused on topics relating to Buganda, a kingdom in central Uganda that includes Kampala, the nation’s capital.
Boda boda motorcycle taxi operators pass under a stuck tractor trailer on the Kampala-Hoima Road in the Wakiso district near Kampala, Uganda’s capital. The truck, which blocked traffic for hours, ended up in a ditch after its driver attempted a turn on the narrow road.
A group performs a cultural dance from the Kigezi region at a public event called “Partnering for Development” in Kampala, Uganda, organized by the World Bank Group and the national government. At the May 30 gathering, 52 Ugandan government agencies showcased their work and services.
At the Rubaga Miracle Centre Cathedral in Kampala, Uganda, 280 couples stand before Pastor Robert Kayanja, their families and friends to take wedding vows. This Pentecostal megachurch organized the May 4 mass wedding. Kayanja is also CEO of TV station Channel 44, which broadcast the mass wedding live as a part of the series “77 Days of Glory.”
Irene Nawaho, a nanny for the Ugandan Parliament’s day care facility, watches over (left to right) Felicia Kusiima, Ezra Weijuliand and Verima Rocho. Parliament set up this facility and breast-feeding center so that its members and staff can work with a settled heart knowing their children are under good care and close to them.
Meddie Gabula carries Joel Wamboka to a boat on Lake Victoria in Jinja, Uganda. A three- to four-hour boat ride is one of the only forms of transportation for goods and passengers from Jinja to Buvuma Island, the largest in a chain of islands that make up Lake Victoria’s Buvuma District, home to almost 90,000 people. Gabula carries passengers and goods from the shore to the boats and charges 1,000 Ugandan shillings (about 28 cents) for an adult, 500 shillings (about 14 cents) for a child and between 1,000 and 3,000 shillings (28 cents to 83 cents) for heavy produce.