COVID-19 lockdown is driving vulnerable families into starvation in Uganda's slums
In March 2020, Uganda registered its first case of COVID-19, leading the Government to institute a total lockdown. While it's an important precaution to control the virus, the lockdown is having a disastrous effect on already exceptionally vulnerable families across Uganda.
Women living in the slum settlements of Mukono District have been forced to close down their businesses, such as roadside food vending. There is no safety net to protect them from the collapse of their livelihoods. Many of these families have quickly used up their savings and are now facing starvation and destitution, with no clear end to the lockdown in sight. This is especially true for single mums and older caregivers. Faced with the risk of starvation, some women are forced to turn to prostitution to meet the basic needs of their families. No-one should be in that position - and we need your help to put it right.
We urgently need your help to support the most vulnerable female-headed families in Mukono with emergency food aid and soap to survive this crisis
The UN has warned that, without fast action, there is a real risk more people will die from starvation caused by COVID-19 disruption, than from the virus itself. Your amazing donation can help ensure this crisis doesn't turn into a catastrophe in Mukono.
In partnership with Network for Community Development Uganda (NCD), we will use your donation to procure maize flour, beans, cooking oil, salt and soap and distribute these to the most vulnerable single-mothers, young mums, grandparent carers and their children.
Your generosity can make a huge difference:
- £10 will feed a female-headed family with four children for 5 days
- £20 will feed a female-headed family with four children for 10 days
- £60 will feed a female-headed family with four children for a full month
We are a Bath-based charity working to end poverty by empowering women and girls in Africa’s poorest communities. We deliver small scale, high impact projects in partnership with local experts. To date, we have supported more than 5000 women and girls to get the opportunities, education and healthcare they deserve.
Our expert on-the-ground partner, Network for Community Development (NCD), has worked in Mukono for over a decade, supporting women and girls to escape poverty and build a brighter future. With your support, they will rapidly mobilise to distribute food aid, soap and information to the most vulnerable women and children.