COVID-19 CRISIS: UGANDA SITUATION
In Uganda, the fragile healthcare system is simply not be able to cope with a large scale outbreak of the virus as we have seen in other countries so this decision is definitely necessary. In Uganda, 70% of the labour force work in the informal economy and this makes life in lockdown very difficult and different from here in Uganda.
Firstly, you cannot work from home, we cannot do group band practices/rehearsals and second, you cannot get financial government support. Finally, and perhaps most crucially, most of the families where some of our children stay cannot support themselves through subsistence living. Therefore, the food banks we can provide with your support through our Feeding Families: COVID-19 Emergency Appeal are a lifeline for so many.
We feed 140 children and some families, during the lockdown and even after
When lockdown ends there will be new challenges for those living in the communities that we serve. Food commodity prices have already begun to rise and almost half of household’s monthly expenditure is on food, meaning families will have less disposable income to spend on education. This is devastating to find, as improved education is often critical to getting households out of poverty and is a core support system for vulnerable children.
Unfortunately, increased incidences of child abuse, abandonment and family breakdown have been seen as a repercussion to vulnerable households struggling to survive.
This shows an increasing need for our project, therefore we will be putting a considerable amount of our time and efforts into rescuing, rehabilitating and reintegrating children and families, with a specific focus on counselling for any child that needs it. Project will also continue to emphasize counselling, mentoring and providing a safe space where the children can support one another.