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CHIDEFEA AND 2 other CBOS BENEFIT FROM THE TUL RELIEF AID

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.

MAMA AND ME DAY CARE CENTRE RECEIVES NEW OFFICE EQUIPMENT

Through Stitching Mama and Me, NL, Tusaidiane Uganda procured new office equipment including a printer, laptop, external storage among others for Mama and Me Day care Centre in Jinja. Previously at the Centre, dealing with administrative work was hectic with many delays and extra transport costs to travel to the city center for implementation. The old computer at the Centre was out dated and not supported by up the current computer software. They also could not print, scan or copy a document and lacked internet facilities making communication rather hard.

After the new installations, the situation has now improved. The equipment will help them with office work. The administrators are also going to help the children at home by printing for them some assignments from school which will help them to cope with the current trend of  learning other than sitting idle at home as a result of the corona lock down crisis.

Mama and Me Uganda is grateful to their partners of Stichting Mama and M, NL and Tusaidiane Uganda for their support towards the Centre. Mama and Me is working with the objective to empower young mothers for a better future socially and financially so that they can look after their children (0-5years) for the time they are with them at Centre. The mothers include stay home mothers, working mothers and baby sitters.

MAMA AND ME SECURES RELIEF ITEMS FOR PREGNANT AND YOUNG MOTHERS IN DANIDA , JINJA

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.