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?