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The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Uganda is increasing, and Kampala is becoming the epicentre of the virus. In response, the ministry of health converted parts of Namboole National Stadium into an auxiliary hospital. A large refugee camp in the southern part of the country was recently locked down after 40 cases were reported there. Schools, bars, gyms and places of worship remain closed, and a national curfew remains in place.

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COVID-19 in Uganda

How is Compassion currently operating in Uganda?

  • Are Compassion centres open?

    Compassion child development centres are still closed to group activities. Local church partners continue assessing the needs of children and their households and meeting those needs using child support and other local resources.

    Additionally, they have been able to distribute 67,704 food packs and 102,201 hygiene kits to Compassion assisted families, and they have provided medical support to 19,201 individuals.

  • Are children receiving letters?

    Letters are currently being delivered in Uganda, although delivery to and from your sponsored child may take a bit longer than normal. We encourage you to continue sending your sponsored child letters of encouragement and hope. What a joyful day it will be when those letters are delivered!

  • Are gifts being delivered?

    Gifts continue to be distributed in Uganda,. Staff members have been given the option to disburse monetary gifts to caregivers, where appropriate. This applies to family gifts and child gifts (including birthday and final gifts). Families may spend the gift on whatever they consider most important to meet family needs. The caregiver will decide the best use of the money, recognising that sometimes purchasing food or paying rent is in the best interest of a child.

How you can pray

Thank you for praying for children and families in Uganda who have been impacted by COVID-19—and the local staff and churches who continue to serve them in difficult circumstances.

Please join us in praying for the following:

  • For God’s peace, comfort and provision for Salome as she grieves the loss of a parent.
  • For God to completely heal Mary and Janet from their epilepsy, and they would always be reminded of God’s love for them.
  • That the doctors would have wisdom and discernment as they create and provide consistent treatment plans for Rahiya and Mary’s seizures.
  • That God would protect Konis’s sponsors from the pandemic and keep them healthy and safe.
  • That the doctors would be able to help and provide wisdom to Moses's parents as they care for and treat his severe anemia.
  • For God to be with Gladys as she recovers emotionally, psychologically, and becomes all that God desires her to be.
  • For God’s peace and comfort to be with a young girl who tested positive for HIV. Pray that she would be reminded that God has a specific plan and purpose for her life.
Food relief for families in Uganda

Food relief for families in Uganda

The lockdown restrictions in Uganda to prevent the spread of COVID-19 saw Obbo lose his job as a cook in a school. “I tried to look for work. However, the rich who can hire fear COVID-19 and wouldn’t hire me,” says Obbo. “The rich are fearful of COVID-19; the poor fear hunger.”   Read more open_in_new

Crisis Reports from Uganda

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    Cholera Outbreak in Uganda 07 Aug, 2020

    The situation

    Local churches worked with local health authorities and community leaders to address a localised cholera outbreak and create a strategy to reduce the number of cases and ensure children received treatment. The World Health Organisation (WHO) contributed vaccines that also reduced the number of cases.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 0 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 5

    New information

    All affected children and families have received medical treatment and made a full recovery.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the prevention of another outbreak. Praise God that all of the children are safe and healthy, especially those who were affected.

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Please note: Due to the current pandemic, most child development centres in Uganda are temporarily closed. Our local church partners continue to meet the urgent needs of the children through home-based care.

A snapshot of Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program in Uganda

Compassion’s program is contextualised across countries and communities, as well as age groups.

  • Children aged 1 to 3 receive home-based care.
  • Children aged 3 to 11 visit the Compassion centre for eight hours on Saturdays.
  • Students aged 12 and older attend the centre for eight hours on Saturdays. They visit three to five days a week during school breaks.
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Compassion Program Activities in Uganda

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Compassion assisted children in Uganda typically attend program activities at their local child development centre on Saturdays. Here is an example of what a typical program day looks like for children in Uganda.

9:00am - A time of prayer and devotion.

9:30am - Spiritual lessons, in which children sing songs and learn Bible stories.

10:30am - Break time, when children can play in a safe environment and develop friendships. They are usually provided with a nutritional snack, such as tea, porridge and a bun.

11:00am - Social-emotional lessons ranging from conflict resolution to developing healthy self-esteem and a godly character. Children are taught social and personal skills.

12:00pm - Lunch time where the meal often consists of maize, rice or plantains with beans, peas or beef.

1:00pm - Health lessons, in which children learn practical health and hygiene tips. Example topics include how to prevent malaria and HIV transmission.

2:00pm - Letter writing and career planning. Older children work with local staff to identify their strengths and interests and set goals for their future.

Students can elect vocational training skills, such as carpentry, tailoring, and mat making. Parents are also offered monthly classes on adult literacy and quarterly training on topics such as hygiene, parenting and income generation activities.

The greatest needs impacting children living in poverty in Uganda

21%

of people live below the poverty line

375

mothers die from pregnancy related causes per 100,000 births

82%

of people lack access to improved sanitation

Uganda has been free from colonial occupation for more than 50 years. That time has not been easy, yet the nation is slowly climbing out of the mire of political feuds, protracted conflict, and longstanding problems of corruption. It is now known as one of the strongest African economies and a place where poverty is on the retreat.

Many locals continue to deal with the aftermath of the brutal two-decade long civil war which terrorised the country’s north.

The war, between rebel group the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), led by Joseph Kony, and government forces, remains Africa’s longest-running armed conflict. During their 26-year reign of terror, the LRA abducted more than 30,000 children, forcing them to become soldiers, weapon carriers, and sex slaves.

Since the LRA was pushed out of Uganda—and into neighbouring countries—in 2006, the majority of the 1.8 million people displaced by their violence have returned home or resettled. However, a generation of young people is scarred by the war. The process of rehabilitating displaced or traumatised children, women and men and reintegrating them back into society is made even more difficult by a lack of resources.

Despite the nation’s progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS over the last two decades, HIV continues to disproportionately affect adolescents, especially girls. Access to medical treatment is improving but is still a struggle for many, especially in rural areas.

President Yoweri Museveni has now led for more than 30 years, having first come to power in 1986 when he led the National Resistance Army in a guerrilla war against then-President Milton Obote. He is eligible to stand again in 2021, although his success or otherwise will probably depend on the growth of the nation—including his efforts to lift more Ugandans out of poverty.

Meanwhile, local churches are hard at work, reaching out to the poorest children and their families and sharing a hope more powerful than poverty.

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