This project will help: 390 families across 14 Compassion centres in Bushenyi, Butaleja, Kisoro, Lira and Ntungamo, Uganda
Child development centres impacted: 3UG0517, UG0518, UG0576, UG0581, UG0584, UG0585, UG0587, UG0590, UG0591, UG0711, UG0712, UG0713, UG0714 and UG0927
Estimated completion date: August 2021
In March, the Ugandan government suspended all public gatherings and closed down non-essential businesses, as well as public transportation, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The economic lockdown lasted for three full months, resulting in severe disruption for millions of Ugandans, many of whom were already living in severe poverty.
At the peak of the crisis, the government offered a food distribution plan for the most vulnerable. However, this was only available to residents living in the cities of Kampala and Wakiso. Thankfully, Compassion’s church partners were able to provide essential food items to 8,375 registered children and their 37,688 household members—life-saving support during a desperate time.
Now that the lockdown restrictions have begun to ease, families are facing the challenge of rebuilding their shattered livelihoods. The majority of caregivers in these homes eke out a living as day labourers or farmers. Prior to the crisis, most of them were making the equivalent of only US$2 to US$16 per month; now their income has dropped even lower. Over the last months, many of these families have gone into debt or sold off some of their most valuable assets just to survive. After taking quick action and assessing the needs of 1,565 of the most vulnerable families, Compassion’s church partners identified 390 families in Uganda who require immediate assistance.
You can help these families get back on their feet. With your support, caregivers from 390 families in immediate need of assistance will receive skills training so they can diversify their income and build new businesses. Those who have existing businesses will receive help re-stocking their inventory. Caregivers will also receive valuable training in entrepreneurial skills and financial management, so they can develop sustainable habits in the long run.
Help families in Uganda recover financially from the impact of COVID-19.
This initiative will help 390 families from some of the most vulnerable parts of Uganda recover economically from the devastating impact of COVID-19. Caregivers will receive skills training and support in re-stocking their businesses. They will learn entrepreneurial and administrative skills, as well as how to manage their finances in a sustainable way.
Compassion Colombia is committed to helping children and families get through the COVID-19 crisis. Your gift will help 35 frontline church partners in rural Colombia provide 741 families with the training and resources they need to start their own home gardens. A total of 255 families identified as being especially vulnerable will also receive food kits for three months as they get their gardens established.
Parents will receive virtual training on food production and sustainable farming practices through SENA, a Colombian public institution that develops vocational programs for the labour force. After successfully completing their courses parents will receive seeds, fertilizer and small animals to rear. Progress will be monitored by a professional agronomist for four months. This intervention will have a lasting impact on these communities; once established, parents will return 10 per cent of the supply to their Compassion centres so that other children in need can also access nutritious food.
What is provided through this gift:
Your gift will help our frontline church partners to provide the following:
- Business skills training and support for 390 families in various fields:
- Charcoal sales (8 households)
- Used clothes and linen sales (45 households)
- Fruit sales (21 households)
- Food and produce sales (167 households)
- Grocery shops and canteens (38 households)
- Market vending (73 households)
- Farming and rearing animals (18 households)
- Tailoring, crafts and secretarial services (13 households)
- Restaurants/bakery services (7 households)
- Materials and resources for re-stocking inventory for 390 families
- Transportation costs
- Local contribution: US$5,063.79
- Handling of funds: Compassion Uganda will administer and monitor the use of funds.
- Monitoring: Compassion’s national office in Uganda will monitor the overall progress of this intervention. Centre staff and church partner leaders will be responsible for helping caregivers execute and implement the business plans, as well as monitoring and collecting data and reporting on outcomes.
- Follow-up: Compassion will follow up with local church partners to ensure families are thriving and will continue to thrive in the long term.