Sep 28, 2020

Ewafe Project: Autumn Update 2020


COVID-19: Ewafe Project Update

In our previous update we let you know how COVID-19 had resulted in us having to suspend or reduce the capacity of our regular projects, with our focus instead shifting to provide short-term food relief to vulnerable families through our Feeding Families: COVID-19 Emergency Appeal. Thanks to our loyal supporters, and the dedication and hard work of our Ugandan team and volunteers, I am pleased to say that we have 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.

However, whilst it is important to celebrate this incredible achievement, sadly the impacts of COVID-19 will be much deeper and longer lasting. We are already aware of an increase in domestic violence, family breakdown and child abandonment within our communities and as a result are expecting to see a surge in demand for our Ewafe Project. Thus, as we switch our focus from short-term relief to helping our communities rebuild, your kind support has never been more vital. 

Although our Ewafe Project has remained open throughout lockdown, unfortunately we were unable to take any new children into our home due to the government guidance on social distancing. Despite this we decided that we would keep all staff on to ensure that all children who remained under our care were well looked after and to enable us to make several renovations to the home which we will show you later.

However, as lockdown has now begun to ease we are pleased to say that this has meant we have been able to start rescuing and rehabilitating children. During lockdown our social workers continued working to trace children's families and thus once restrictions eased we were able reunite several families. In the above photo you can see Sarah* finally being reunited with her mother and later on we will also tell you Emily's* story, who was reintegrated with her family just before lockdown restrictions came into force. 

Our 'Brand New' Ewafe Office

During the lockdown in Uganda, our staff at the Ewafe home were working extremely hard to create a 'brand new' office space. The new office was actually created using an old shipping container, repurposed into an office space. Below are before (left) and after (right) images, and I am sure you will agree that the transformation is incredible and really does showcase recycling at its best.


Furthermore, by moving the office from inside the Ewafe home to the container (left), we have now have more space within the home for the children. We are now also utilising space within the home more effectively by introducing bunk beds (right). These are not only new and fun for the children but also enable us to increase the capacity of our home which means we can ultimately rescue more children. 
 

Another Child Reunited With Her Family!
 

 
In September of last year, we welcomed 10-year-old Emily* to our transitional home, referred to us by the police as a missing child. When she arrived Emily was initially very quiet and spent most of the time on her own, however, as time passed she became more confident and began to enjoy playing with the other children.
 
Emily spent 6 months in our care and was provided with food, clothes, shelter, medical care and counselling, whilst our social workers attempted to trace her family. Thankfully back in March they made a breakthrough and soon after we were able to resettle Emily back with her mother, aunt and siblings.
 
Once returned Emily’s mother shared with us how she had ended up in Kampala:
 
“Shortly after Emily’s father passed away in 2016 my elder brother suggested that he and his wife take my daughter to Kampala to enroll her at school. As I had six children and was not capable of looking after all of them by myself I had no choice but to accept. From the time my brother left with Emily I only heard from them once in 2017, when he told me that my daughter was doing very well. However, I now know that he had not enrolled her in school or been looking after her properly which forced her to run away. Thank you very much Kids Club Kampala for bringing my daughter back to me. I can never thank you enough. May God bless you and the good work that you are doing.”
 

Emily* (centre) being reunited with her mother (right), brother (centre) and aunt (left).

Thank You and Call to Action

Thank you so much for your continued interest and support for our Ewafe Project!

However, with the impacts of COVID-19 exacerbating the demand for our Ewafe Project we are in need of more Family Champions to help make a difference. Could you forward this update to a friend and encourage them to donate to our Ewafe Project through GlobalGiving?

 

Sep 28, 2020

Rebuild: Our New Vision

We have been bringing hope and love to vulnerable children for over a decade. We started out by running Kids Clubs (hence our name!) in the slums of Uganda, giving children the opportunity to have fun and feel safe and loved. This is still at the heart of what we do but over the last 11 years we have grown extensively and our projects have expanded and evolved. Through lots of fundraising and hard work over the last 11 years we have provided 1.5 million hot meals for hungry children; free education for over 1000 children; counselling for 3000 young people; vital skills training for 700 vulnerable women; and reunited 100 children back with loving families through our Ewafe project.

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During the COVID-19 crisis we converted our education project classrooms into food banks to feed the most vulnerable families who were struggling due to not being able to work in lockdown. As of the end of July, we have now given out over 1 million food parcels to over 150,000 people – in less than 4 months! These 1 million food parcels have not only saved people’s lives form starvation, they have also let thousands of vulnerable families know that they have not been forgotten, that they are loved and they are cared for. I am so proud that we have been able to bring hope and love through helping hundreds of thousands of people to survive this crisis.

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We are now looking ahead to how we can help these communities to recover and rebuild from the effects of COVID-19 and the lockdown in Uganda. We have increased the capacity of our Ewafe project home to respond to the increased numbers of children becoming abandoned, we are scaling up our safeguarding presence and counselling services, and we are increasing our vocational training activities to help families find a sustainable way to get out of poverty.

We want to help the vulnerable children that we support to not only survive this crisis, but to thrive in the future. This feels like a new shift in focus for us, as we reflect on all that we have achieved so far and look forward to what we hope to do in the future.

To encompass this, we have developed a new strapline - Kids Club Kampala: Helping vulnerable kids in Uganda survive and thrive. Bringing hope and love is still at the heart of what we do, but we feel this new strapline encompasses who we are now and where we hope to go in the future.

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Alongside this, our mission is to support vulnerable kids in Uganda. Providing for both their immediate needs and strengthening their futures through educating, feeding, protecting, and skilling. Our vision remains the same - to see children’s lives transformed, communities empowered and poverty reduced throughout Kampala’s slums.

Thank you for all of your support over the last 11 years. Together we can support vulnerable children in Uganda’s slums to not just survive, but to thrive into the future. If you are able to partner with us in this new season by becoming a regular giver, it would have an incredible impact. Thank you.

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Jul 20, 2020

Ewafe Project: Summer Update 2020

Dear Friends,

I hope that you are well and keeping safe at this difficult time?

Thank you for all of your continued support for Kids Club Kampala, it is making a big difference, especially at this time. I wanted to give you an update on the current situation in Uganda, how this is affecting our Ewafe project in particular, and how your support is having a real impact.

Uganda has been in lockdown since the end of March, and as people who live in Kampala’s slums can’t go to work or grow their own food, many people are struggling to survive. Heavy rain is now also causing flooding, life is really tough.


When Uganda went into lockdown, we were determined to do whatever we could to help Kampala’s slums through this crisis. Working closely with local leaders, we have converted our community classrooms in the heart of the slums into foodbanks. We have also installed hand washing stations in the slums, where most people don’t have access to clean water, benefiting over 60,000 people so far.

We were expecting around 1,000 families to be accessing these foodbanks, but they have so far fed over 25,000 families! We have given out over 214,000 food packages, and for the elderly and disabled who aren’t able to access the foodbanks we have been safely delivering them parcels of food at home. Including the children at our Ewafe project home, we have fed 150,000 individuals – and counting! The need is great but we are proud to be a community led, community driven organisation which is supporting vulnerable people in need.

Our CEO, Olivia, provides an update about our Feeding Families: COVID-19 Emergency Appeal.

Our Ewafe project home is still open and continuing as normal as much as it can. We are increasing the food supplies at the home, have installed handwashing stations and are making sure that children with HIV or medical needs have enough supplies of medicines that they need. Your kind monthly support is making this possible. As the whole country is in lockdown we are unable to carry out any reintegrations at the moment but we are planning to resume normal activities as soon as we are allowed to do so.


 

The children at our Ewafe Project have been learning remotely so they can keep up with their education.

We have installed hand washing stations at our Ewafe Project and have been teaching the children how to wash their hands properly.

Our biggest concern is what the long-term effects COVID-19 and the lockdown will be. Family members dying from the virus, families slipping into poverty and parents being unable to work due to the lockdown could all lead to increased incidences of poor mental health, child abuse, neglect, domestic violence and family breakdown. We are expecting as a result of this emergency situation to see an increase in the numbers of children being abandoned and an unprecedented demand for our Ewafe project once the lockdown is over.

We need your help. Can you forward this update to a friend and encourage them to donate to our Ewafe Project through GlobalGiving?

 

 
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