In April 2021, Uganda experienced a second wave of covid19 which claimed lives of very many people. It started mildly between April and May. However, in June it spread terribly, and the number of deaths surged tremendously with in a very short period. This resulted into the total lock down in the country.
Due to the total lock down, most of the business sectors in Uganda were negatively affected. The victims included our CHIDEFEA women who had just been helped by Mirembe Foundation to rejuvenate their business after the first wave of COVID 19 in 2020 which left all their businesses down.
Earlier on, when the women had started their businesses afresh, they had resolved that in order to be able to help themselves in case of another eventuality, every woman was entitled to save Uganda Shillings 2,000 (two thousand) per month to cater for that cause.
During this second wave coupled with a second total lock down, the CHIDEFEA leaders did not wait for the women to use up all their business capital like they did in the first covid19 wave in 2020. The leaders convened a meeting to find a solution which would save the new businesses for the women during this period. However, the women had only saved Uganda Shillings 90,000 as a reserve for such natural disasters. This is because the women had just saved for one month as per their agreement. This amount of money could not even be enough for one person.
With the help of Tusaidiane Uganda, CHIDEFEA solicited some funds to help curb the situation. CHIDEFEA received Uganda Shillings 11,850,000 ( eleven million eight hundred fifty thousand) from Mirembe Foundation and Tusaidiane Uganda.
This money helped a lot to save the women’s businesses and the situation at large. They received food items which included maize flour (posho), rice, sugar, beans, cooking oil and salt. The also got detergents like soap and sanitizers and they received mosquito nets and cash money.
The women are looking forward to continuing working for self-sufficiency and self-reliance.
Additionally, two more TUL partner organisations benefited from the 2021 TUL Relief Aid viz SEECHILD in Bunamwaya and Mama and Me in Jinja. Please see pictures below:
In picture- distribution of relief aid to the mothers at the Mama and Me Centre in Danida-Jinja
In picture- packaging of the relief aid products at SEECHILD centre in Bunamwaya to be given to the SEECHILD beneficiaries and their families
All the three organisations ( CHIDEFEA, SEECHILD and MAMA AND ME ASSOCIATION) are thanking their donor partners together with Tusaidiane Uganda for the endless help that they always receive from them.