This funding will help us buy and supply essential needs like food, soap and locally made masks to our direct beneficiaries and their families totaling to 240 people, who have been affected by the COVID-19, due to the fact that their type of work is hand to mouth earning. We also get our earned revenue from the entertainment industry, we stopped earning in February and our lock down has been temporarily extended up to May. No one is certain about tomorrow and sure when this will end.
Uganda has confirmed 54 COVID-19 cases. The Government announced a lock down on 30th of March for two weeks. It has now been extended until 5th of May, yet no one is certain of tomorrow. We finance our budget by 60% from our earned revenue which money we get from performances as a Troupe. We stopped earning in February when no more gatherings were allowed. We are in a crisis of taking care of our beneficiaries, and their families, our staff welfare and operations which are more expensive now.
We have prioritized the welfare of our beneficiaries, their families and our staff, in order to keep them healthy. Donations to this fund will allow us to continue having the basic essential needs like food, soap and medicine to our beneficiaries in the mean time, as we plan for the uncertainty of tomorrow.
Our lives and livelihoods are now at risk from this pandemic as the disease is spreading very fast. We aim to reduce the spread of this disease and its negative impact on us as an organization, but most importantly to our beneficiaries and the families where they come from by providing the essential basic needs to keep their bodies healthy and in position to resist the Virus, as we prepare them for a come back after the Virus.