Lwengo is located in south western Uganda bordered by Ssembabule district to the North-east, Masaka district to the East, Rakai district to the south and Lyantonde district to the west. Its coordinates are: 00 24S, 31 25E occupying 757 square miles.
Lwengo was among the first communities in Uganda where the HIV virus was first diagnosed and it has been recently discovered that HIV is on increase by 34% and the most vulnerable groups being children, youths and women. According to the new findings by the Aids support organization (TASO Uganda) indicates that, the HIV infection rate among girls between 6-19 years is 3:6 times more than boys while among those aged 20-24, the rate is twice high.
The escalating trend among the female youth and children is fuel by lack of appropriate messages on their sexual reproductive health rights besides bad peer pressure, poverty, defilement, parental negligence, and curiosity, desire of luxuries, early sexual involvement and intergenerational sexuality among many others.
The main impact of HIV/AIDS among this category is diminished engagement in economic activities, increased orphan hood and child headed families and other related cases of violence and stigma. HIV/AIDS has therefore generated a humanitarian crisis especially among the young population especially adolescents thus, has threatened the social foundation of the societies that we serve.
People in the catchment area are predominately engaged in rain-fed subsistence and hand-to-mouth agriculture and other small income generating activities like forestry, and small scale trade in communal markets and trading centers among others. This gives a clear evidence that the general standard of living of people is still low thereby not being able to meet some of their basic necessities like education, clothing and health care. Most people are predominately Baganda, Banyarwanda, Banyankole, Bakiga among others. People mostly practice the Kiganda culture and Luganda is the most widely understood and used dialect.