Hello Lovely Supporters!
We hope this latest report finds you in good health, enjoying a glorious summer! There has been much activity in Uganda since our last report.
First, good news! We have moved our office location in Gulu! Our first location was beautiful and we are grateful for the opportunity we had to begin operations there, but unfortunately, several of our beneficiaries found it difficult to get to the location on foot and could not afford to hire a boda each day for transport. Our new site is within walking distance for all of our current employees and trainees and is beautiful, located within a walled compound with a generator for power outages! We hope you will consider a future trip to Gulu to see our operations in person!
Secondly, more good news! The Ribe Project has achieved a Guidestar Gold Transparency level ranking! Guidestar is a nonprofit organization that analyzes charities based on impact, compliance, and transparency. We are incredibly proud to have reached this milestone.
Thirdly, as you may have seen in the news, Uganda has seen a recent, extreme surge in Covid 19 cases and deaths. Because of this, the country has been placed under a very restrictive 45-day lockdown. Citizens must adhere to strict rules affecting, among other things, curfew, local travel, and local village market operations. All schools have been closed. These rules have made it increasingly difficult for families in rural areas to purchase food, as village markets have been severely restricted and are the only option for most families in these areas. This current situation is incredibly dire for many in terms of food and basic medical care.
In response to the situation, and out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to temporarily close our Gulu office and workplace until the lockdown is lifted and numbers of Covid cases begin to decline. This decision was not made lightly and was made only after much discussion with our Ugandan director, Gladies, and our beneficiaries. Ultimately, their safety is our number one concern. We will continue to pay salaries during this hardship, for as long as we possibly can, since they and their families are entirely dependent on the wages we provide.
As you can see, your donations and jewelry purchases are now more important than ever! If you have been considering donating, we hope you will choose now! We want to make sure that wages can be paid and families fed during these very difficult times. Please consider visiting our website to help the wonderful people of northern Uganda.
With much love and gratitude.