Abaana is looking to urgently support vulnerable Children living on the streets and vulnerable families during the emergency Lock–down in Uganda.
We are looking to raise at least £20,000 to help some of the people most in need by:
- Supporting Kampala Capital City Authority and local partners to find and look after (initially 150) children living on the streets.
- Working with (LC’s) local councillors at our partner schools to identify and support local families.
Background to the challenge in Uganda:
In an effort to reduce the spread of Covid–19, like most of the world, Uganda is currently in lockdown.
All schools and all public, social, religious and economic activities have closed except production, food stalls or shops that sell basic domestic requirements and health centres or hospitals.
But for many Ugandans who live hand to mouth, the threat of surviving the lockdown is more urgent! With just over 50 confirmed cases in Uganda, this hidden virus that is passing from country to country for many in Uganda is viewed as a foreign problem that they hear about in America and Europe. Most do not know anyone with symptoms yet and many find it hard to understand that it is a real threat.
The next meal however is a very tangible danger! Before we were locked down, if you were able to look in most cupboards and freezers in the UK, (excluding the perishables) many of us would have had enough stocks of cereals, tins of soup and beans to keep us going for a few weeks. The contents may not constitute a balanced diet or even be the most appealing, but for most us we didn’t have a shortage.
In Uganda if you stock your cupboard and then find that your child gets sick and needs to go to hospital, you then have a problem because you spent the money for your medical bills on food for next week.
So, when a lock–down happens in Uganda, and there is no food on the shelves, there is no income because your workplace has been shut down and prices of the basic items shoot up. There is no welfare system to support you and no Government bailout for companies or self–employed.
When your stomach is empty with no food in the house and your children are complaining because they haven’t eaten, your only urgency is survival.
1. Children at Risk on the Streets of Kampala
For over 10 years Abaana has worked with children living on the streets. Every day these children are hugely at risk, but they survive through the hustle and bustle of city life – some by stealing, some through donations of people living in and coming through the city. But when the city stops, suddenly the source of food stops.
Abaana is working with the local government and partners to provide emergency care for a group of street children. This care includes:
– Provision of temporary housing
– Hygiene and Sanitation
– Protective Clothing
Initial Target: £10,000
2. Families at Risk in our School Communities
The staff in Uganda are in contact with each of our school communities and are assessing where the greatest needs are and how we can respond.
£50 – will buy an emergency COVID package for a family that is struggling. This will cover some of the basic necessities for around a month.
This package includes information on keeping safe during COVID 19, along with soap and hygiene advice. It also includes some of the basic food essentials like posho and beans (but will vary based on what is available in each area).
Initial Target: 200 Families @ £50 = £10,000
Note: The Ugandan Government has declared that all food distribution should be carried out by the Government, so we are currently working with the local councillors to implement this.
3. Promoting Good Hygiene and COVID 19 Safety Advice
Through all our responses we will be reinforcing the work we are doing with hygiene and sanitation, but additionally we will be supporting the local communities, the New Life Homes and the work with the children on the streets to promote the Government guidelines and practical advice around COVID 19.
4. Resettlement of High Risk Street Children
With the dramatic change around the city, children are afraid and looking for safety. There has never been a better time to permanently rescue some of these children. This can happen in two ways:
1. By bringing children into the New Life Homes
2. By locating relatives to whom the children can safely return
If we have enough funds and sponsorship, we may be able to resettle some of the most vulnerable street children.