Uganda Muslim Rural Development Association (UMURDA) is an indigenous Faith-Based NGO that was founded in 1992 in Namakoko village in Nankoma Subcounty in Bugiri district.

The Uganda Muslims Rural Development Association (UMURA) is an indigenous Faith-Based NGO that was founded in 1992 in Namakoko village, Nankoma Sub-county Bugiri district. It was established at the time when there were wrangles of leadership of the Muslim community in Uganda giving no room for development among the Muslims. UMURDA started implementing development activities impacting on all and thereby demystifying religion and development reflected from its membership and staff.


UMURDA has a total membership of 440 persons (259 males and 181 females) UMURDA is registered with the ministry on Internal Affairs REG NO.5194/2271, mandated to operate in Uganda. Currently it operates in the districts of Tororo, Bududa,Mbale,Sirono,Palisa,Butaleja, Manafwa,Namisindwa,Busia, Kibuku,Mayuge,Kapchorwa, Bukwo,Namutumba,Bugiri,Namayingo ,Iganga, Kamuli, Otuke, Katakwi, Kaliro, and Mpigi.

Bugiri District was formed in 1997, and is comprised of 16 Sub-counties divided into 94 parishes. It covers a total area of 5,700km2, of which only 1,492km2 is land, and the rest is covered by Lake Victoria. The total population is 426,527, with an average population density of 165 people per km2 (Uganda Communications Commission 2007). The flat topography is suitable for agriculture, which accounts for 70% of the total district revenue. There are a large number of springs, with shallow groundwater occurring in numerous valleys, forming extensive permanent wetlands named ‘Papyrus’, enabling Bugiri to be the biggest district producer of rice in Uganda.

Water supply coverage of the district is estimated as 24%, with recent estimates of functionality of improved sources stated by the District Water Office (DWO) as 85%. It is thought that each parish has, on average around 2-4 ‘improved’ water sources, and around 10 ‘unimproved’ or ‘traditional’ (self supply) sources (Carter 2007a).

The implementation of the SSPP was undertaken by UMURDA in two western Sub-counties of Bugiri District named Nankoma and Buwunga, and Bugiri Town (See map, Figure 12). At the time of field research, UMURDA had aided the construction of 10, and rehabilitation of 2 protected springs in the implementation of the SSPP.

What we Do

UMURDA transforms. It transforms families, communities, and societies – so they can thrive and prosper and become self-sustaining.

Education Programmes

As an organization, UMURDA remains committed to working with our partners to ensure that learners and communities stay safe and continue to learn.

Water & Sanitation

Access to safe drinking water and sanitation, along with adequate hygiene practices and the ability to effectively manage water resources, can profoundly shape a nation’s path to stability, economic prosperity, and self-reliance.

Health Programmes

UMURDA's health programs have saved lives, protected people most vulnerable to disease, and promoted the stability of communities and nations, while advancing Uganda's security and prosperity.

Gender Equality & Empowerment

Investing in gender equality and women’s empowerment can unlock human potential on a transformational scale. For societies to thrive, women and girls, men and boys must have equal access to education, healthcare, and technology.

Environment & Climate

We know a changing climate will hurt the poor most, undermining the livelihoods of millions of people struggling to break free from poverty. We help communities better manage and benefit from their natural resources

Governance & Human Rights

Fundamental rights of citizens are the bedrock for managing, and mitigating conflict, spurring economic growth and protecting human dignity. Democratic freedoms are more just, peaceful and stable-and their citizens can fulfill their potential.

We’re always looking for big-hearted individuals with a passion to serve. Do you want to join UMURDA team and make a valuable difference in the world? Our team could not provide the community outreach without the skill and dedication of our volunteers.