During the last few months, although students are not yet able to attend school, educating students has remained our top priority. Our teachers have been traveling across Kanungu and Rukungiri districts, providing educational materials including study packets and library books to our students, and working with individuals and small groups. Nyaka staff members are following strict COVID-19 protocols to keep themselves and the community safe.
During the Ugandan President’s address on Sunday, September 20th, he shared information on reducing the covid -19 restrictions nationwide including the reopening of schools for predetermined candidate classes and students.
We can’t wait to see our students back in the classroom!
You're helping bring comfort and justice to survivors
By Cassandra Jones - Communication Manager
Survivors with their children and baby items
Since COVID-19 mandated lockdowns went into effect on April 1st, as is the case globally, cases of sexual and gender-based violence have increased in our communities during and after lockdown. Our SGBV staff is continuing to support survivors and provide them with access to medical care, counseling, and legal support to bring their perpetrators to justice.
Within the last month, under the SGBV program, Nyaka arrested seven perpetrators. Helping to bring some peace, comfort, and justice to survivors. We’ve also registered several pregnant teenage girls who conceived as a result of rape. To help these survivors, survivors received a combination of baby clothes, bedding, soap, basins, nappies, carriers, and more. Our Program Coordinator Brendah said, “They [Survivors] were all so happy and they all felt that they were really loved.”
Thank you for helping make the work we do possible to break the cycle of sexual assault in Rural Uganda.
Since April 1st, Nyaka has taken a number of measures to ensure the Nyaka community remains safe in the face of COVID-19. Nyaka is continuing to educate the community about the dangers of increased Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) while schools remain closed and students remain at home under government orders. Our SGBV program has continued to offer services to the community. To date, 65 survivors have been supported by our SGBV program during and immediately after lockdown. These survivors are receiving the individualized medical, legal, and mental health care they need to find justice and peace.
In addition to our SGBV program resources, Nyaka has done a number of things to help the community including but not limited to distributing bars of soap to the COVID-19 task force and grandmothers, distributing masks, and ensuring multiple hand washing stations are in the community to encourage constant hand washing.