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.
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
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.
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.
Skilling disarms Disabilities
With a vision of celebrating skilful and healthy people with disabilities, SEECHILD continues to empower families and children with disabilities through awareness raising, advocacy, skills training and research in Bunamwaya Central, Mutundwe Parish in Wakiso District.
The centre is growing and the children are making tremendous improvements with their personal lives and skills. They have developed good skills in sewing and crocheting, painting, self help skills for personal living, music, dance and drama among others. SEECHILD is very grateful to all her donors most especially Mirembe Foundation, Tusaidiane Uganda, Wereld Missie Hulp, Church in Action and other individual donors for helping them to facilitate SEECHILD’s projects / programs that made 2019 a year of progressive achievements and they look forward to a brighter future.
Please read the SEECHILD 2019 report for more details. file:///C:/Users/Dell/Documents/SEECHILD/Reports/20200309%20BISTC%20Report%202019.pdf
WHAT WE LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2019
Happy New Year every one, I pray that all your wishes be fulfilled.
From Tusaidiane, we are committed to better service delivery and strengthening of our partnerships.
Please find the attached 2018 Annual Report and 2019 strategy.
20181211 TUL Annual Report 2018 Action Plan 2019-
20181211 TUL Annual Report 2018 Action Plan 2019