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.