On the 19th June 2021, the president of Uganda, H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Tibuhaburwa announced that the country would go into another lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. To this effect, infections and deaths have since reduced but the consequences of this lockdown are far reaching as they continue to plague the vulnerable communities in the rural and urban areas. So many vulnerable households have to a skip meal during the day or in extreme conditions go to bed without eating.
While the government launched a Relief Fund and promised to give UGX 100.000 to all the needy people, it is now 21 days into the lockdown and this money has not yet been received. According to the media,” …by Mid-day July 8, 126, 552 individuals had so far been cleared nationwide to receive the relief package, with only six of these in Nakawa Division, Kampala…” this means that even with the relief package, many people will be left out of this entitlement.
TUL beneficiaries have expressed the added vulnerability faced by them, especially in ensuring nutritious meals for their children in the absence of schools because they are closed. Moreover, for many people, household income has also reduced due to the fact that they are not working. This calls for the urgent intervention for the TUL beneficiaries by Tusaidiane Uganda, The Tusaidiane Trust and other partners to support these vulnerable people and save their lives.
The Managing Director of Tusaidiane Uganda, Ms. Sharifa Nabaweesi visited the Knowledge for Children (K4C) project in Masaka on the 22nd and 23rd of April 2021, to monitor and evaluate the success of the project. The K4C project aimed at mitigating the effects of COVID 19 and mainly help parents to learn to live with their children for a longer time and in a positive way while learning and reading safely from home. The total number of beneficiaries reached in the villages of Kyoko, Kisekka B, Kisoweera and Kagganda is 594 638 559 505 2296 children and 173 175 142 144 634 parents.
All the Local Council communities embraced the project. The parents wanted the project to continue mainly for the toddlers who were not yet back to school. Communities were happy with the homework given to the children. The reading exercise helped the children awaken their minds and prepare them for school. The food and home requirements distributed by K4C helped the poor families cope with food scarcity and the washing facilities helped the communities maintain the SOPs and good hygiene. In general, the project was successfully implemented with a positive impact on the communities.
Knowledge for Children (K4C) is grateful to the Sisters of Breda, in the Netherlands who funded the project and the Tusaidiane partners for the generous contribution towards their learning project.
It should be noted that the project comes to an end at a very crucial time when Uganda has been hit with the second wave of COVID 19 disease leading to the closure of all schools by the Ugandan government until further notice. We hope that the activities learnt from Knowledge for Children can be used by the parents to keep the children busy and safe at home.
#Stay Home# Learn# Stay safe.
On the 5th of February 2021, a team of TUL consultants represented by the MD of Tusaidiane Uganda, Sharifa Nabaweesi and Phiona Nalweyiso visited the Knowledge for Children (K4C) project in Masaka for supervision (monitoring and evaluation).
The consultants were happy with the project implementation by K4C, it is a good project which is changing the lives of so many vulnerable children and their families in the remote villages of Masaka, Lwengo that have no access to learning in these hard corona times. They would like to thank CONGRAVA for funding this project.
Please find attached the progressive report from the visit:
20200210 Report of TUL visit to K4C 05022021- final.doc
In March 2020, the Government of Uganda followed other countries around the world and imposed a total lockdown on the entire country and this also included all schools and learning institutions. As an effect, the entire country was economically hit hard by the lockdown conditions on businesses finding it hard to make a living because they were not working. Unfortunately, students were very much affected because only finalists were allowed to start school in October. The rest of the classes have remained closed for 9 months now exposing them to many risks such as un wanted pregnancies, loitering, early marriages, dropping out of school among others.
The lockdown led to the intervention of Knowledge for Children (K4C), Masaka by coming up with a proposal on supporting communities to mitigate the effects of COVID 19 in Lwengo district to CONGRAVA, Netherlands. CONGRAVA asked The Tusaidiane Trust who hired Tusaidiane Uganda to assess the validity of the project. Tusaidiane Uganda visited Knowledge for Children in Soweto-Masaka and one of their on-going projects at Kagganda Village and reported it a viable and worthwhile project . CONGRAVA made a donation/gift of USD 50.000 to implement the project of Knowledge for Children through the Tusaidiane Trust and Tusaidiane Uganda.
The project started immediately and Knowledge for Children has reported to TUL that it is working well. The project has been implemented in 3 new villages to make 4 villages now where the project is running. Two villages are in Kingo Sub County, while 2 are in Kisseka Sub County. The local leaders i.e. CDOs of both Sub Counties and chairpersons LC 1 are all very supportive towards the project. Sessions with children and adults are going on well and both parents and children are participating actively. This week, the first cycle of activities will be completed. So far,
- 127 children have been supported with holiday package
- 31 families have each been given a bar of soap
- 3 mobile library boxes with 300 readers have been given to the community
Knowledge for Children is working with the vision to Improve education and social well-being in Uganda by promoting meaningful participation of all stakeholders and it has changed many lives for both the children and parents in the villages where they operate. The beneficiaries of the project and K4C are grateful to CONGRAVA, The Tusaidiane Trust and Tusaidiane Uganda for their contribution towards improving access and quality education during the 2020-2021 lockdown of schools in Uganda.
Usage of water went down tremendously after the closure of schools in March due to the pandemic. Consumption was extremely low! When the president re-opened schools for student finalists (primary seven, senior four and six students) in October, the students started again to consume the safe drinking water, and usage went up. During our final routine water service round (2020), only 37 clients who had cleared all their service dues were eligible for this water service. Five of these were however out of order and 5 have no metre. Thirty-two clients were not serviced due to non-payment. Before the pandemic, clients used 1.4 million litres of water in 6 months and this usage went down to 453.000 litres for the six months during the pandemic. We hope that in 2021 when schools are re-opened, water usage will stabilise/ rise again. Tusaidiane Uganda Limited through the intervention of the Tusaidiane Trust and donors, will give back to clients who have previously paid all their service dues promptly (37 clients), by offering them free water service for the year 2021 as a way of mitigating the negative financial effects of the Corona lock down pandemic on schools. Clients who have not paid their previous service dues are encouraged to clear their balances so as to be eligible for the free 2021 water service.
TUL would like to thank CONGRAVA and the Tusaidiane Trust for funding this water service project. We are also grateful to the water clients who duly pay their service fees and are still committed to serving you.
For the relation between Tusaidiane Uganda and the Tusaidiane Trust, see the Annual Report 2020 under “Partners in Uganda and abroad” on page 3-4…20210106 Annual report 2020 and action Plan 2021 final
After a period of 7months lockdown on schools, the President of Uganda re-opened schools for all student finalists across the country on the 15th October 2020 with special guidelines and standard operating procedures that had to be fulfilled and checked by the Ministry before receiving a special certificate to warrant re-opening. The new Standard Operational Procedures (SOPs) for schools include, every school forming a Coronavirus taskforce, daily and timely screening of temperatures of learners, compulsory wearing of face masks by both learners and teachers. The Ministry also wants the creation of isolations rooms at every school, daily disinfection of classroom floors, walls, furniture, toilets using soap and water, restricted access to schools and screening done at school gates. They have set up other SOPs like creation of adequate spaces at schools to accommodate recommended distance, single beds for one student, and keeping 2 meters between beds among others.
However, the SOPs have attracted negative reactions from the Heads of Schools across the Country who pointed out the fact that implementation will be hard or close to impossible because of the failure of government to provide money. One of the key concerns is the continuous hand washing that requires constant supply of water which is lacking in most rural areas. This led to the intervention of Tusaidiane Uganda and the head teachers of St. Francis Little Birds and Kamuli Child Care to apply for funding for buying the requirements from their sponsors and both requests were granted.
SFLBNP and Kamuli Child Care, Rakai bought among other items; temperature guns, jerry cans for handwashing, sanitiser, soap and the advantage is that flowing water is readily available at the schools. Primary seven students can now happily study at both schools without being worried about catching the virus. The students were also sensitized about being vigilant to use the new facilities. The parents and administration of SFLBNP and Kamuli Child Care are grateful to TUL and their sponsors in Marburg and The Netherlands for funding their schools to buy all the necessary requirements for school re-opening and enable their children to study safely at school.
20201018 Report on re-opening St Francis and Kamuli Childcare