Supporting vulnerable children in Uganda's slums

by Kids Club Kampala
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Supporting vulnerable children in Uganda's slums
Supporting vulnerable children in Uganda's slums
Supporting vulnerable children in Uganda's slums
Supporting vulnerable children in Uganda's slums
Supporting vulnerable children in Uganda's slums
Supporting vulnerable children in Uganda's slums
Supporting vulnerable children in Uganda's slums
Supporting vulnerable children in Uganda's slums
Supporting vulnerable children in Uganda's slums
Supporting vulnerable children in Uganda's slums
Supporting vulnerable children in Uganda's slums
Supporting vulnerable children in Uganda's slums
Supporting vulnerable children in Uganda's slums
Supporting vulnerable children in Uganda's slums
Supporting vulnerable children in Uganda's slums
Aug 2, 2021

Uganda Lockdown, 2021

The team at Kids Club Kampala want to keep our supporters up to date on the changing and challenging situation in Kampala. We have learnt a lot from the initial lockdown in Uganda and hope to continue supporting slum communities through this increasingly difficult period.

As society begins to open up more in the UK, unfortunately Uganda is grappling with another wave of COVID-19. In mid June, the President of Uganda imposed a partial lockdown with schools, places of worship and markets ordered to close and suspension of inter-district travel for 42 days.

As of Monday 14th of June, the total number of confirmed cases in Uganda stood at 60,250 with 423 deaths according to WHO. Uganda has had more than 30% rise in cases in the space of a week. The country’s health system is under serious strain with many struggling to find medical care. The harrowing reality is that both vaccines and oxygen are running low, leaving many vulnerable to the effects COVID-19.

The Kids Club Kampala team have began handing out food parcel’s in the slum communities.

The Kids Club Kampala team have began handing out food parcel’s in the slum communities.

COVID-19 lockdown procedures are having a devastating effect on the slum dwelling communities we support in Kampala.  Kids Club Kampala have been pursuing sensible solutions to contain the outbreak and provide essential supplies to those most in need. Wherever possible, we are using creative solutions to enable children's learning to continue amidst widespread restrictions, and to ensure they are safe whilst they are cut off from regular protection services. 

In slums children are locked down in cramped conditions, with parents not furloughed or working from home, but totally cut off from the means to earn. Not only are children denied food and education, but they cannot access the child friendly spaces and social structures that are desperately needed to keep them safe. Unfortunately, there has been a steep escalation of violence and safeguarding issues with the Kids Club Kampala team identifying 42 safeguarding concerns in just the last 2 weeks. 

We are ensuring our volunteers and recipients of support are protected as we continue to safeguard vulnerable children during the lockdown.

We are ensuring our volunteers and recipients of support are protected as we continue to safeguard vulnerable children during the lockdown.

Our projects are initially focusing on immediate needs and providing food to vulnerable children and families. We are also ensuring children continue their education by providing home school packages as well as teacher home school visits. Our safeguarding volunteers are doing house to house visits and supporting families and communities when they can with counselling support and often mediation. Our sewing, knitting and carpentry training continues with very small groups all socially distanced. Our Ewafe transitional home is full to capacity as some of the children have returned as schools are now closed.

We have learnt a lot from our response to the first lockdown in Uganda and are doing all we can within the government guidelines to support vulnerable communities get through this difficult time.  The road to recovery is a long one, and the impact of COVID-19 on the communities we work with will last a long time.

We are ensuring that communities can maintain a protective environment for their children throughout this pandemic. Our work can continue as many of our volunteers and staff live and work in the communities. 

We are incredibly grateful for the generous support we have received over this time, which has made it possible for us to stay connected to the children and communities who are most on the edge. 

We’re in it for the long term- we need to build resilience and not reliance.  

Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

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