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Merry Christmas!

Dearest friends of ISEE.

Merry Christmas to you all. While Christmas may be completely different for you this year, I hope you find peace and happiness in the day and holiday season. It has been a tumultuous year but for ISEE, we have been overwhelmed by your generosity. The people we serve in Uganda have not been forgotten and for that, we are eternally grateful.

I have posted all of the hamper photos for you to see the smiling faces of the mamas and families receiving your generosity. Andrew has reported laughter, tears, and shouts of joy. For some of the families, this has provided them with something to eat; one Mama reported that she only had a few sweet potatoes to serve her family. What a difference you have made.

After all his hard work, we have asked Andrew to take a break and rest between Christmas and the New Year. He has traveled north to visit his mother and has taken Andy, our driver extraordinaire, along for company.

I cannot express enough my gratitude for your belief in the work we do. It has been difficult not being able to travel and see our Ugandan family but we are lucky to know that Andrew carries on our work tirelessly and that you continue to believe in and support all our projects. Maybe 2021 will allow us to come together and sew again, maybe we will be able to travel overseas and start the presentations and expand our Mama project. We always continue to hope.

All the best in 2021. Stay healthy and as I saw online, “stay positive, test negative.” Webale nnyo to you all.

In friendship,

Erika

COVID-19 Update June 12, 2020

Greetings to you all,

I hope you are well as you read this week’s update on what’s happening to our Ugandan community.

This week was incredibly short because we had a public holiday on Tuesday. Majority of us only realized this in the morning as we listened to the news on the radio. It’s amazing that many people here still listen to the radio and I listen to my segment in the morning from 7am to 10am. Then my day will start after 10am with regular household chores like cleaning and making my breakfast. Then I turn to my ISEE Solution duties, which from March 2020 have been majorly phone call follow ups as movement was halted by the Covid 19 lockdown situation. I am glad to have been offered this alternative because it’s the only possible alternative to fulfill my roles and duties. 

Tuesday 9th June was Hero’s Day for us. The day when our ruling party (National Resistance Movement) celebrates the day when they emerged winners from the bush to fight for power against the famous regime of Idi Amin Dada. Most people identify Uganda by his presidency and his works. I must say he made Uganda quite famous and actually Forest Whitaker featured in a Ugandan Movie “The Last King Of Scotland”. Which makes me think, why was it even named that in the first place. Food for thought for me, I will research about it. Anyways, we celebrated Hero’s Day on Tuesday 9th June 2020 which marks 34years of H.E Museveni’s leadership. 

Since March 2020, Uganda has registered a total of at least 679 confirmed Covid 19 cases and a total of 161 recoveries have been registered with zero deaths so far. We hope that it stays like this until the world discovers a cure for this pandemic. We can only be positive in the hope that our world will win again like we have beat SARS, Ebola, Malaria, AIDs, Swine flu and the many other viruses or diseases that tortured our world. We all have a role to play and every role is as important as the other. For me and you who might not be medical researchers our role is as simple as staying safe and keeping social distances. This will enable us to stop the spread of the virus hence giving time to the doctors to focus on discovering the cure because they don’t have to worry about containment.

This week, we continued to serve our Mama Nguvu partners through follow ups and we reached the following Mamas;

Pulakiseda K, is doing well. Her family is well and her family is doing okay at the moment. We spoke this week and I was able to buy some food stuff from her grocery shop like rice, sugar, salt, cooking oil and baking flour. As we try to improve the livelihoods of our Mamas, we also try to support their businesses by buying items from them like food from their restaurants and also food stuffs.

Anna M is doing well. I finally got to speak to her on the phone again this week. She had lost her phone to robbers last week. She managed to replace her old number and contacted me so I called her and we spoke a bit. She says she is feeling okay, she wasn’t injured during the robbery so that was good. The thugs only took her phone. We managed to help replace Anna’s phone for her because she also doubles in helping ISEE Solutions do Reproductive Health clinics in the schools we go to during team visits in Uganda. She is a fundamental part of our work so it’s important for us to ensure she is reachable at all times. This is why we thought it was necessary to help her get a usable phone, to ease communication between her and us.

Sara N, our  Mama who rears goats is doing okay. She was very happy this week when I contacted her. At the end of last week one of her goats gave birth to four kids. Unfortunately one of the kids died this week. She noticed this particular kid was not doing well, not feeding well so she called the veterinarian but by the time he arrived it was a bit too late. She was also facing some difficulties in feeding her family at home so we sent her some money to buy some food for her family. Sarah is one of the few Mama Nguvu partners who lives far from the central district where food was distributed. 

Lorna K is doing okay. We spoke this week and she said she was barely starting to survive, with the relief food getting depleted very fast. I am going to keep a close eye on this particular one. I tried to ask her about the possible future plans but she expressed that she has not thought about any yet. She has been making some fabric masks here and there from the off cuts that were remaining and now they are finished. 

Cathy N, had been working lately. We helped Cathy establish a snack business about 2yrs ago. She later got a job at a good school working in the kitchen. The school stopped paying them and now they have to find other things to do. She is now helping out at a hardware store, where she attends the hardware shop of a friend. The friend in turn gives her something small she says. This is what has been sustaining them at the moment.

Betty N is doing well. Her family is well and her husband has recovered well from Malaria. She called me, worried that there might be a more strict lockdown coming very soon. She told me that she was reliably informed by a neighbor who knows some people in the government. She asked me to buy food essentials again. I sent her some money to buy some vegetables for us that I picked up later. This is the beauty of our organization, as we look out for each other to ensure safety and support.

I also spoke to Immaculate M and she is doing okay. She has since closed the salon as she couldn’t support it anymore. She had no customers since February or March due to lockdown and the rent was accruing. She then closed and took the items home. She desires to reopen sometime later as she has used all her savings. She said that she would need money to buy some hair weaves, chemicals and a hair dryer.

Francoise L, is still stuck in the village. When we spoke she said she was running out of medication. Then sadly none of her children in town knows the hospital where she gets medication from. She said that they had transferred the hospital she previously picked it from. She hadn’t yet gone with any of the children as she usually did at the previous hospital. I now have to figure out yet again how to get the medication to her but in the meantime I asked her to maybe consume half until we figure out something.

{EDIT: As of Sunday, June 14, Francoise is back home in Kampala. Her daughter saved enough money to be able to send her some so that she could pay for transit back into town. She will hopefully make it to the hospital early next week in able to get back on her full dose of medications. More to come as we know more.}

Aida K is doing okay. She says the kids are doing well and they are all healthy. She is still stuck at her old business place. This place is assumed to be sold by now and almost everyone has left the property. Aida is the only one still occupying her stall. She says that she is waiting for the final day they will evict them from the property. I reminded her that she still has our support when the time comes. 

Angellah N is doing well. The kids are doing well and the shop is keeping up. She says the sales haven’t been the best but has managed to keep it afloat.

Semmy S is well. She hasn’t returned to her children yet. She is still in the village and hasn’t made it to Kampala yet. She says that she isn’t worried about the kids because she has a sister who comes and checks on them every day, so they are well.

Margaret N is still struggling with her health. Margaret’s leg is still paralyzed a bit in the lower limb. She says she feels a lot of pain especially at night that she can’t sleep sometimes.

Jane N is doing well. The business has been fairly busy as the rains have been scarce in the last 2 weeks. Francis has been doing well, she said he hasn’t had any complications since the lockdown. Jane said that the doctors who have been coming to treat children with macrocephaly. 

Thank you again all our readers. Thank you for the support and also following our work throughout this season. This week has been incredible for me because we had three new goats in our goat project. It brings me so much joy when a project like this grows. The birth of these new baby goats gives us a hope for expansion of the project and maybe one day we will see the dreams of this Mama come to pass. This is why we select such projects at ISEE because they have the opportunity to grow. We keep our fingers crossed for people like Prossy who have pigs, people like Christine who has chickens and the many others who have such dreams to grow their businesses and change their livelihoods.

Stay Safe, stay sociable. Let’s continue to make a difference in our troubled world. Spread the word and encourage your friends and family to join our cause. We can still make a difference today. Like and share this report on your social media pages. Thank you again. 

Report by;

Andrew Echel.