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.