Before Covid-19, the women of CHIDEFEA women group were doing great not anticipating anything. Little did they know that the situation could suddenly CHANGE, last long, taking away with it what they had achieved. “The corona virus pandemic inevitably resulted in many negative and long term impacts” for these women.
The women were on lock-down since March. They were not working and had nothing to feed their families. They did not anticipate that the lock-down would last long to reach an extent of utilizing their business capital to feed their families.
They also experienced floods dispersing their businesses and homes and leading to diseases, hunger and starvation.
They were hopeless; their small businesses were gone and Micro credit funds exhausted. This led to the intervention of Tusaidiane Uganda and CHIDEFEA women group leaders to appeal to Stichting Mirembe for support to the women.
Stichting Mirembe agreed to offer relief support to the 45 CHIDEFEA women. So far, 23 women have been supported with food including maize flour, beans, sugar, soap, cooking oil, masks and cash money worth UGX 200.000 to support the women and their families during this crisis.
The women were overwhelmed with the support given to them by Stichting Mirembe and CHIDEFEA. They said that they had never seen a MCF women group that supports women in time of need and sorrow. To them they were indeed one family. Most of them were seen kneeling to thank the donors for their support during this hard and difficult time.
CHIDEFEA women group would like to extend their sincere gratitude to Stichting Mirembe and Tusaidiane Uganda Limited for the financial and emotional support towards their group enabling them to give a helping hand to the women members.
The corona virus total lock-down was a very trying time for vulnerable communities in Uganda including the KIMASA communities of Jinja. This led to the intervention of Bulikimu Kisoboka NGO Jinja which distributed relief items (food) to the communities of Kitovu, Makenke and Sakabusolo (KIMASA) in Jinja. The relief funds for the food were donated by their partners of Stichting Bulikimu Kisoboka in the Netherlands.
The food distribution exercise took place from the 21st to the 22nd of June. Maize flour and beans were distributed to over 486 beneficiaries; 6 Kisoboka families got 10kgs of maize flour and 3kgs of beans each, 450 beneficiaries got 5kgs of maize flour and 1.5kgs of beans each, 30 local leaders got each 6kgs of maize flour. A such, many lives were saved from hunger and starvation.
The beneficiaries were very happy with the food donations. They expressed their gratitude to Bulikimu Kisoboka NGO Uganda and the donors for the overwhelming support received during this trying moment of COVID 19 and lock-down. Bulikimu Kisoboka NGO Jinja Uganda would like to thank their partners of Stichting Kisoboka, Netherlands for enabling them support the vulnerable communities of KIMASA with food relief items.
The corona virus pandemic took the world by storm leading to a lock down among various countries around the world. In Uganda, many people were affected by this nationwide lock down; they had no food among other pressing basic needs. Among the affected people were the pregnant and young mothers in the Danida community, Jinja who are mainly hand to mouth earners. Since the lock down, they have not been able to work and earn a living to support their families. This led to the intervention of Stichting Mama and Me, Tusaidiane Uganda and Mama and Me Jinja to secure some relief items for these needy mothers.
On the 8th of June 2020, Mama and Me Jinja started its implementation for the relief items for the mother’s project. The deputy administrator and treasurer of Mama and Me Jinja undertook the initiative to procure the relief items including maize flour, beans, soap, mama kits, basins,cooking oil and sugar.
On the 9th of June, the distribution of the relief items started door to door as a way of ensuring social distancing and avoiding crowds. Mothers were also sensitized on how to stay safe by regularly washing their hands, emphasizing the social distancing, wearing a mask among others by the task force. They were also educated about the corona virus poster by Stichting Mama and Me.
Regina Itero, her husband and their set of twins, MMA Chairman, Samuel Basoga and Kevin Naigaga, Deputy administrator(MMA)
The mothers were so happy to receive the relief items. Among the needy mothers was Itero Regina, aged 18years and a mother to a set of twins of 3 weeks old. She did not know how her family was going to survive because they had no food. The mothers expressed their gratitude to Stichting Mama and Me, Mommaluv, Wilde Gazen Foundation, Tusaidiane Uganda and Mama and Me Association Jinja for extending a helping hand to them during these tough and strange times.
The outbreak of the corona virus pandemic affected the entire world leading to many deaths and COVID 19 illnesses. Due to its effects and fast speed of transmission, it was declared a global emergency requiring immediate response. The first step of the responses even for Uganda was the nationwide LOCK DOWN. This lock down saved many Ugandans from illnesses but it did not save them from hunger and starvation as many of them suffered behind closed doors.
Among the victims of the corona crisis were the families of the KACHICA community of Kamuli in Rakai district. They had no food to eat among other essential needs required to stay safe from the virus. The non working teachers of Kamuli Childcare were also not doing well since they had no pay to buy food to feed their families. The family men were no-longer providing for their families breeding domestic violence. It should be noted that Kamuli being a boarder district with Tanzania, it was highly affected by the lock down because boarder enforcement at this region was very strict to prevent importation of new cases into the country.
With the intervention of Tusaidiane Uganda, Kamuli Child Care Nursery and Primary School and Stichting Mirembe, NL, Wilde Ganzen Foundation, from the Netherlands responded to the situation in the KACHICA community with emergency relief/ support. Tusaidiane Uganda helped to procure the relief items and one of the TUL staff drove the truck to Kamuli for the distribution exercise. Food was distributed to over 2800 families (including maize flour, beans, cooking oil, soap). The teacher’s salaries of the Kamuli Childcare Nursery and Primary school were also paid to help them support their families.
The KACHICA community was sensitized about what needs to be done to stay safe and prevent the spread of the virus by; washing hands regularly with water and soap for at least 20 seconds, wearing a facial mask when in public, keeping an appropriate social distance and visiting the hospital in case of any suspicious illness related to Covid 19. The sensitization was done door to door and via community radio. Kamuli Child Care Nursery and Primary School was fumigated in preparation of the toddlers’ return to school to keep it free from the virus.
A number of local development actors and well-wishers were also contacted to respond to the food relief call and people were proactive about the project. They donated matooke (local banana) which Tusaidiane Uganda used to supplement the relief items. This gesture from the local community was a sign of togetherness amidst the crisis. The family of one gentleman called John Paul, a refugee in this area did not have any hope of getting food to eat and was indeed happy making this project worthwhile. It greatly made a difference for the people and helped to save lives.
The board of Kamuli Childcare Nursery and Primary school together with the KACHICA community would like to extend their gratitude to Tusaidiane Uganda, Stichting Mirembe and Wilde Ganzen Foundation for the food relief items and support that helped to save their community from hunger and starvation.
With the intervention of Tusaidiane Uganda and the headteacher of St. Francis Little birds Nursery and Primary School, the development partners of St.Francis in Marburg Germany offered funds to aid the relief efforts including food and salaries for teachers. The objective under this initiative was to prevent starvation, malnutrition, improve hygiene at family level as well as uplift the economic well-being of teachers.
On 18th of April Tusaidiane undertook the initiative to procure relief items (soap, cooking oil, beans, and maize flour). A staff member of the TUL drove and delivered the items to the taskforce in Mannya community.
As part of the distribution exercise,the task force took time to sensitize the people on how to stay safe through guidelines given by the WHO; social distancing, frequent washing of hands and as a precautionary measure, contact the relevant health workers as soon as they suspect any case of COVID 19. The families that received support constitute of 8 to 10 members.
“I did not know how i was going to feed my family for the next few days and therefore I’m extremely grateful for your support,” said Miss Betty Nabakooza, a parent of Namuli Sylivia who explained that as a farmer, she had already sold her produce pre-Covid and therefore had no source of income during the lock-down.
The plight of many other families that received the relief items was no different, they could not implement some of the WHO guidelines simply because they lacked basic amenities like soap. In a nutshell, the relief items went a long way in ensuring that lives were saved through the generous contributions of our development partners.
Sincere gratitude and appreciation goes to the partners of St. Francis Little Birds i.e. St Francis Rakai Initiative Marburg, Tusaidiane Uganda and Stichting Mirembe for all the support rendered to the people of Mannya community.
The corona crisis has disrupted the way of life worldwide and also in Uganda. People have been staying at home and almost all economic activities were stopped. At home, people were struggling to survive as far as feeding is concerned and also had to adapt to the new normal of social distancing in order to limit the spread of COVID 19 and also remain safe.
Several ways of public relations to warn and instruct the people are widely used and have been developed by our partners abroad. Stichting Mama and Me shared posts in English, Luganda, Acholi and Runyankole. Here is the English version of the corona post from Mama and Me, NL to use and spread (see in picture below).
With the ease of the lockdown, Tusaidiane Uganda is cautioning people to stay safe. TUL is further urging its different partners in Uganda that while going about our activities/business outside our homes, let us be vigilant and take the necessary precautions such as maintaining the appropriate social distance, wear a mask when in public places, stay at home if you have flu or cough, wash our hands regularly with water and soap, use sanitizer if you have access to it and for good respiratory hygiene, always cover the mouth with the elbow whenever you sneeze or cough (the visual images are on the poster above).
Tusaidiane Uganda Limited is grateful to all her partners in the Netherlands and Germany who have offered a helping hand to the beneficiary organizations in Uganda during these tough and strange times.