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Covid Update – Week 9

Greetings to you all,

I hope this blog finds you well. The first phase of our lockdown uplift has been initiated: the release of private cars for people to have more mobility to further places. This is an improvement from the bicycles, motorcycles and walking. This has come but it has also been regulated to only 3 people in the vehicle including the driver. They also have to have a facial mask on with no exceptions or else the car is stopped and impounded. The streets are now flooded with cars and a friend of mine was telling me how he met about 6 accidents as he drove home. Anyways the lockdown continues and some of the measures are still functional, the curfew as all people are expected to be home by 7pm. 

Otherwise work for us as ISEE Solutions continued. I called by phone and spoke to some of our older Mama Nguvu candidates from 2014 – 2017. We thought we should check on them to see how they are faring during these tough times.

Semmy S is in the village at the moment. She lost her uncle and had to go for the burial in her village in a district called Lira. She left the kids at home alone but said they can take care of themselves. Semmy has some domestic violence issues in her marriage which led to a separation with her husband, in the middle of last year. Our concern with the children was to know if they were safe. She said she would be back in town before the week ends, probably by Friday. 

Florence A and her family are well at the moment. The snack business she started after the lockdown is doing well in trying to sustain them for now. Florence has managed to sustain her family very well with the government distributed food, which most of our Mamas have since finished.

Amina A is doing well. She recovered from an ulcer last week, which could have been caused by the fasting she had been doing this past month of Ramadan. She was hospitalized for about 4 days and was put on about 6 drips at the clinic. When we spoke, she said that she had been discharged but had a debt worth 60,000/-, so I sent her 40,000/- towards her medical fees. 

Margaret N is doing well. She is recovering from a damaged nerve in her left leg. She told me that about a week ago, she stood up and she could not feel her leg as it was paralyzed. She was not able to move because there was sharp pain whenever she would try to move her leg. She has since seen the doctor and got some medical attention. She says it’s too painful to sew so she is not sewing much at the moment.

Harriet L from the 2014 group of Mamas is doing okay. She is a tailor and is not working at the moment. When we spoke on the phone, the first thing she did was to ask for some help. She was so desperate and was saying she hadn’t had a meal that day and her husband’s boda or motorcycle had broken the previous week. I sent her some money to help them sort out the issue of meals that day and maybe the next day too. Otherwise she still tailors but hasn’t had any business during this Covid period and the house help or chores family was not calling her anymore. So she had no income at all.

Immaculate M, also from the 2015 group, is doing well. She still does her social work at the hospital and we didn’t get the opportunity to talk about her salon. The network was bad and I wasn’t able to get her on the phone the next day.

Hadijja N is doing okay. She is still in the village, getting done with the last funeral rights arrangement for her brother. She intends to come back before Friday. 

Lillian N, another Mama Nguvu member from 2017, is well. She has since given birth to another baby girl, who is now 7 months old, called Abigail. She had stopped the popcorn business when she got pregnant and got into crochets. This was the business she had started doing after leaving the popcorn business. She said that the shopping arcades or malls are closed and she isn’t able to get threads to sew. She used to market them to fellow pregnant women as they like to buy them for their babies. Otherwise her entire family is okay and have been doing well. 

Irene L is doing okay. She is another Mama from the 2014 group. She still lives down in Namuwongo so we can easily locate her when the roads open up again. She still owns a salon but is currently doing a charcoal business on the side as she goes through this season. She has not been able to do much at all since the lockdown. 

Prossy L, is doing well including her kids and grandchild. The challenge for her now was the fact that it has been dry the last two weeks. They have received rain only once in this time so her garden is still dry, so no vegetation to feed the pigs. I will call her first thing next week to know what position she is in.

This week has been successful for me, especially after being able to contact some of our older Mama Nguvu partners from 2013-2014. It was a great joy to speak to them and find that they are well. It is unfortunate that I was unable to find others because their phone numbers had either been changed or lost. On the bright side, talking to them was such a good thing because they felt loved and cared for. Most were happy to hear my voice and extended their regards to you all.

The first phase of the uplift is a good start in trying to release the pressure on the public as people have started being anxious a bit. The authorities are making sure that sensitization is happening at all stages to ensure that people do not forget that the risk of catching the virus is still present. Also that people take care of themselves on the road because of road accidents that have seen one motorcyclist who lost a limb on Tuesday this week. Thank you for following us throughout this time, for supporting our Mamas endlessly. Stay safe and be sociable. 

Yours,

Andrew Echel

COVID Update – Week 8

Greetings to you all dear readers,

This week started with another presidential address, actually two presidential addresses. One was a scheduled address that was supposed to end the previous three week lockdown session and then another presidential address the next day which was Wednesday to clarify what he had said the previous day. 

The President started the usual update on the Covid 19 by giving us the current statistics of the people tested for the virus and at the time, over 87,827 people had been tested with about 227 positive cases and over 62 people had recovered. 

The President also released another set of guidelines to be followed in a duration that was so confusing that required another Presidential address the next day to clarify what he was saying. He talked about 2 weeks and then 21 days. Then he talked about wearing masks that were to be distributed by the government to all citizens above the age of 6yrs. He issued a directive that anyone who was going to access any public place or facilities had to wear a mask to help protect each other and prevent possible infections. This mask issue has been very controversial among all people and stakeholders who have been discussing this issue from the fact that it will be incredibly difficult to get it done in the two weeks he had scheduled for the distribution to be done, to the fact that we don’t have any factory that has the capacity to produce the quantity of masks that is required. 

Public and Private transport was to be released on 2nd June so people can get back to work but now some articles say 26th May 2020. These are some of the issues he had to iron out and now people can actually wear their own non medical masks as long as they meet the set standards. These include cotton fabric with either a breathable fabric in the middle or simply a pocket between the two layers so people can put tissue or other materials that are breathable. 

Otherwise, the country is stable though the majority of the population is becoming impatient with the lockdowns. The streets are getting busier and more and more shops are opening as the need for money increases on a daily basis. Our work as ISEE Solutions still continues as we look out for our Mamas who are continuously struggling to survive in this situation. This week I followed up on some of them and talked about different issues concerning them and their businesses for those who still have their businesses.

Gertrude N you will remember was lost last week. I finally got through to her through one of our community leaders. We spoke a bit and she is well. She still has food supplies so that’s good. The printing equipment is still intact as she uses the computer almost everyday to ensure that it runs well. She also downloads music for sale to the locals.

Dorah A, is doing well. Her husband is still stuck in Mbarara and still isn’t able to come back. She still has some food so she is doing fine she said.

Jane N, is doing well. She said Francis and the family are doing well. Francis is doing fine and has been healthy through this season. The tank is okay but the business is not so good because people have resorted to using the water well as opposed to the tank water she gets from National Water. 

Jane N, our second Mama who owns a water tank and sells water to the community, is okay but has moved to the village and is trying to garden a few vegetables to support her small number of children. The past few weeks have not been good for her because of the scarcity of rain but this week they saw some rain. She said she had to move because of the nature of her family where she has many grandkids and feeding them would have been difficult so that’s why they moved. She has her youngest son staying at home to ensure that her home is safe and the tank too. 

Sarah N who owns a goat house and 4 goats says that she is well and the goats are well too. The baby goats had fallen sick two weeks ago but she managed to get the veterinary doctor who came and had them treated. 

Anna M, is doing fine. The kids are still with the grandparents. Nothing new she says.

Rashida S and her family are doing well in this fasting season. She still works so it’s a good thing. 

Jolly B and Francoise’s family are doing okay. I called them to ensure that they also are keeping up with the business and she said yes. They are producing a small amount of snacks like chapati and samosas but their aim is to sell all that they make or fry every day. Then Angel, who is a niece, also brings in some income on some days of the week from doing house chores for some family around the area. She said this helps them with food mostly.

Asia N, the book maker, is doing okay but some of her books got ruined on the night of 21st May 2020 from the rain that fell through the night. It seems that the house was lilted a bit so some of it got in. A few of her books got ruined but most of them are still okay as she always covers them with a polythene bag.

Hadijja N, is doing okay. I spoke to her this week again and sadly she had lost her elder brother who was in the military. She was looking to secure a permit to allow them go for the burial due to the lockdown guidelines. I sent her condolences on behalf of ISEE Solutions family as they go through these hard times because her brother had two young kids. 

Otherwise the week has been good. Everyone else is excited that the lockdown is about to be lifted on the 26th May 2020. The rest of our Mamas I will look out for them next week to ascertain their condition and continue to support them in the ways we can. 

Thank you again for all those who support us and keep reading our blogs. Your support means a lot to the people who we serve in my community here. We appreciate it. 

Report  by; 

Andrew Echel