Dec 23, 2020

Thank you for all your kind support in 2020!

Watch our special thank you video, especially for you.

Thank you so much for all of your kind support for Kids Club Kampala over the past year.

What a year 2020 has been, one I am sure many of us will never forget. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit we had to quickly adjust our operations here in the UK, with all staff suddenly navigating working from home and many planned fundraising events cancelled. More importantly, we also had to work out how to respond to the devastation caused by a strict lockdown in Uganda. The majority of people we support suddenly lost their incomes overnight and were at risk of starvation.

Yet despite the global pandemic and all the challenges this has brought, we have been able to have a huge impact and change the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. We converted our community classrooms into foodbanks at the end of March, and over the last 9 months we have, with your support, been able to distribute over 1.5 million food parcels to over 32,000 families in need – that is over 15 million meals provided to over 165,000 people! This vital food support has been such a lifeline, and I am so proud that we have been able to help so many people throughout this challenging time. 

Alongside this, we have also installed 15 hand washing stations, built 1 new toilet block and have distributed masks and PPE throughout communities to help fight the spread of COVID-19. Alongside this, we have provided 450 girls with vital sanitary items, and supported 311 children with home learning whilst schools have been closed.

Our Ewafe project has rescued 35 more children from abuse and abandonment this year, and despite the restrictions on travel in Uganda, we have still been able to reintegrate 10 children back with loving families. Furthermore, 62 women have successfully graduated from our tailoring training course, with another 5 young people also graduating from our carpentry training course – including our first female carpentry student! 

We could not have done this without your support. Thank you so much for being a part of it. 

Sadly, COVID-19 means that poverty levels in Uganda have been set back five years, and a further 3 and a half million people have fallen into abject poverty.

As a direct result of this, we have seen a huge increase in domestic abuse, family breakdown, homelessness and children being abandoned. To respond to this awful situation, for 2021 we are focusing on our ‘Road to Recovery’ to rebuild these communities and protect the most vulnerable to ensure that they not only survive, but thrive.

To do this, we are focusing on 4 key areas: feeding - continuing to run our food banks to supply emergency food for families in crisis until they are no longer needed; protecting - increasing our safeguarding work to keep children safe from harm, and increasing the capacity at our Ewafe project; educating - because we know that education is the best route out of poverty for the thousands of children we support; and skilling - giving lifelong skills and a way to provide a sustainable income for families.

Your support this year has literally saved lives and I cannot thank you enough.

We hope that you will continue to partner with us for the coming year, as we work together to help vulnerable children survive and thrive and communities recover from the devastating effects of the pandemic. 

On behalf of everyone at Kids Club Kampala, I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for the coming year.

God bless you,

Olivia


P.s. see our Road to Recovery plan here, and our most recent impact stories here

Our Impact During COVID-19

 

Dec 23, 2020

Thank you for all your kind support in 2020!

Watch our special thank you video, especially for you.

Thank you so much for all of your kind support for Kids Club Kampala over the past year.

What a year 2020 has been, one I am sure many of us will never forget. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit we had to quickly adjust our operations here in the UK, with all staff suddenly navigating working from home and many planned fundraising events cancelled. More importantly, we also had to work out how to respond to the devastation caused by a strict lockdown in Uganda. The majority of people we support suddenly lost their incomes overnight and were at risk of starvation.

Yet despite the global pandemic and all the challenges this has brought, we have been able to have a huge impact and change the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. We converted our community classrooms into foodbanks at the end of March, and over the last 9 months we have, with your support, been able to distribute over 1.5 million food parcels to over 32,000 families in need – that is over 15 million meals provided to over 165,000 people! This vital food support has been such a lifeline, and I am so proud that we have been able to help so many people throughout this challenging time. 

Alongside this, we have also installed 15 hand washing stations, built 1 new toilet block and have distributed masks and PPE throughout communities to help fight the spread of COVID-19. Alongside this, we have provided 450 girls with vital sanitary items, and supported 311 children with home learning whilst schools have been closed.

Our Ewafe project has rescued 35 more children from abuse and abandonment this year, and despite the restrictions on travel in Uganda, we have still been able to reintegrate 10 children back with loving families. Furthermore, 62 women have successfully graduated from our tailoring training course, with another 5 young people also graduating from our carpentry training course – including our first female carpentry student! 

We could not have done this without your support. Thank you so much for being a part of it. 

Sadly, COVID-19 means that poverty levels in Uganda have been set back five years, and a further 3 and a half million people have fallen into abject poverty.

As a direct result of this, we have seen a huge increase in domestic abuse, family breakdown, homelessness and children being abandoned. To respond to this awful situation, for 2021 we are focusing on our ‘Road to Recovery’ to rebuild these communities and protect the most vulnerable to ensure that they not only survive, but thrive.

To do this, we are focusing on 4 key areas: feeding - continuing to run our food banks to supply emergency food for families in crisis until they are no longer needed; protecting - increasing our safeguarding work to keep children safe from harm, and increasing the capacity at our Ewafe project; educating - because we know that education is the best route out of poverty for the thousands of children we support; and skilling - giving lifelong skills and a way to provide a sustainable income for families.

Your support this year has literally saved lives and I cannot thank you enough.

We hope that you will continue to partner with us for the coming year, as we work together to help vulnerable children survive and thrive and communities recover from the devastating effects of the pandemic. 

On behalf of everyone at Kids Club Kampala, I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for the coming year.

God bless you,

Olivia


P.s. see our Road to Recovery plan here, and our most recent impact stories here

Our Impact During COVID-19

 

Sep 28, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency Appeal: 1,000,000 Food Parcels!

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTED OUR FEEDING FAMILIES: COVID-19 EMERGENCY APPEAL

Thanks to you all, and the dedication and hard work of our Ugandan team and volunteers, we’ve managed to distribute an incredible ONE MILLION FOOD PARCELS to the most vulnerable families living in the slums of Kampala, Uganda!

This has not only saved thousands of people from starvation, it has also reduced pressure for families, provided social connection during a crisis and helped to build a sustained sense of community.

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Something we’re really proud of at Kids Club Kampala is that we’re a truly community-led organisation. That means that we always take the time to consult with our communities and their leaders to see how we can best serve them.

We’re not a top-down, bureaucratic organisation where we decide what’s needed and when. We’re constantly adapting our approach because we’re constantly reacting to changing circumstances and different feedback from our beneficiaries, our communities and their leaders.

So when lock down hit on 31st March, we ran consultations with beneficiaries, volunteers and community leaders to help us plan our response to the crisis.

Overwhelmingly, food access came out as the most pressing concern. With many families unable to go out to work, they are in desperate need of assistance to meet their basic needs, like food and hygiene. We adapted our education classrooms into food banks, and started delivering food to the elderly or disabled who couldn’t leave their homes. 

We also managed to improve sanitation in the slums by installing 14 hand-washing stations and building a toilet block in Katanga slum - vital in preventing the spread of the virus. 

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We’ve had to deal with crises before, such as the emergency appeal we ran last year to rebuild one of our classrooms, which was severely damaged due to extensive flooding in the Katanga slum. A tragedy for the hundreds of children who relied on the Education Project as somewhere for them to go each day to receive a free education, a hot meal, hope and love.

However, given the unprecedented nature and scale of the COVID-19 crisis, that has seen countries around the world struggle to protect their citizens and healthcare systems against the spread of the virus, this has proved to be our biggest challenge to date.

I’m delighted to say that, so far, throughout this emergency we have been able to respond quickly, appropriately and guided completely by the community.

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Our vital work providing food for vulnerable people during the COVID-19 crisis has strengthened our recognition, reputation and trust within Kampala’s slums both during this time and for the future.

The Chairman of Katanga slum recognised this in saying:

Thank you for your endless effort to support our people, the food bank project has saved our community
— The Chairman of Katanga slum

The local authorities in Uganda have seen our response and have started relying on our services as a trusted and respected partner. Leaders of neighbouring slums have also approached us to ask if we can help their communities too, so the number of people we serve has increased during this time.

We take this responsibility very seriously and we are already thinking ahead to how we’re going to rebuild these communities once this crisis has passed.

Because despite all of Uganda’s progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by 2030, devastatingly, much of this will be undone and poverty rates will increase due to COVID-19. Lockdown has already caused a further 3.5 million Ugandans to fall into poverty - the vast majority of these being slum dwellers.

Apart from access to food, when money is scarce, there are increases in domestic violence, family breakdown and child abandonment. We have increased the capacity of our Ewafe transitional children’s home already to account for this rise. 

Ultimately, it is our aim to bring hope and love to children and their families in the slums of Kampala, whatever that looks like, and long-term, we aim for the positive transformation and empowerment of these communities.

We’re grateful to all of you, our supporters, who have helped us to continue providing much-needed support during this difficult time.

Together, we have a lot of work to do to help our communities regain what has been lost, but we believe that together, we can make it happen and bring back joy and love to the slums of Kampala.

To help our communities rebuild, we’ve created a plan on how we’re going to get there. You can read about this here, I will also shortly be submitting a further brief report which will provide an update on our new vision.

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