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Afrinspire Coronavirus Crisis Appeal

Afrinspire Coronavirus Crisis Appeal

Why we need your help

If lockdown is challenging in the UK, it is so much worse in East Africa. Many communities are in desperate need, without even food for basic survival, and our local trusted partners are perfectly positioned to respond. Can YOU help?

DOUBLE YOUR DONATION  Any gift made before 1st July through this Food Fund for Coronavirus Crisis appeal will be matched up to £6,000. Can you help us raise £12,000 by making a donation today?

LOCKDOWN IN UGANDA

The whole of Uganda came to a shuddering halt. In just a 24 hour period, 20 million people (mostly children from schools) returned to their houses. The fight against Coronavirus had begun.

But it’s much harder in Uganda than in the UK. In England, social distancing is impractical, but in many Ugandan cities, it is impossible. Being stuck in close conditions with a family is hard. The Ugandan 2016/2017 National Housing Survey showed that 71% of households in Kampala have only one room to sleep in. Similarly, basic hygiene precautions are limited. Alcohol gel is scarce and the Uganda Demographic and Health Survey of 2016 states that only 44% of households had soap and water for hand-washing.

A recent assessment by Makerere University suggests the country has only 55 Intensive Care beds, so further spread of the virus would be likely to cause catastrophic loss of life. Faced with so few options it is not surprising the government have mandated a strict lockdown to try to stop the virus spreading.

However, this is causing significant challenges for rural communities. With a sudden return of household members, and no concurrent increase in food supplies, many households do not have enough to eat. With crops not yet ready to harvest, and a recent lockdown extension there is a significant possibility of starvation. 

Mariam writes: 'There are still more people in the villages who have no food nor soap at their homes. The government is only able to consider people from urban areas and those who live in slum areas and this is around Kampala, Wakiso, Mukono and Luwero district. If there is more help you can send, then please, we are so grateful to receive.'


OUR RESPONSE: SURVIVAL AND SUSTAINABILITY

Afrinspire is a small charity which works closely with local community leaders in Uganda and other East African countries to develop sustainable solutions to development and poverty reduction. Our usual approach is to spend time with each local partner to build understanding of each community’s unique challenges and opportunities. This allows us to tailor our support and catalyse projects that last.

However, just as in the UK, the coronavirus has necessitated an immediate emergency response. We have therefore had to focus on survival needs of the communities we work with – the most pressing of which at the moment is food. However, having worked in Uganda for over 15 years, we have a strong network of trusted partners who are able to report and respond to local need.


HOW YOU CAN HELP: FOOD FOR NOW -FOOD FOR THIS YEAR- FOOD FOR EVERY YEAR

Here at Afrinspire, we are committed to our partners and the communities we support. We need your help to respond to their immediate survival needs and then to plant the next food crop and a long term crop of trees for food.  We will meet first needs first, to help people survive, with an eye on the longer-term impacts of the coronavirus crisis. Therefore, we are launching this crisis appeal with three main aims:

FOOD FOR NOW               = Buy food immediately for survival

FOOD FOR THIS YEAR       = Plant for one season to harvest

FOOD FOR EVERY YEAR     =  Plant food trees around households


Can you help?

10,095.13

raised towards 12,000.00 target

10095.13
12000.00

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Supporters

Christiana Smyrilli

In return- Chocolates, hugs, postcards, love

25.00

Jun 05, 2020

Lisa

Lorna's families in Jinja

8.00
(plus 2.00 giftaid)

Jun 02, 2020

Karine and Paul

This money is for Lorna Barker's projects

8.00
(plus 2.00 giftaid)

Jun 01, 2020

Anonymous

50.00
(plus 12.50 giftaid)

Jun 01, 2020

GHDing

310.00
(plus 77.50 giftaid)

May 31, 2020

E

Lorna's families in Jinja


May 31, 2020

Marion

Carry on your good work, Lorna, Tanti cari saluti

20.00
(plus 5.00 giftaid)

May 31, 2020

Anonymous

50.00
(plus 12.50 giftaid)

May 31, 2020

Anonymous

This gift-aid is for Lorna Barker's projects


May 31, 2020

Anonymous

41.00

May 31, 2020

Anonymous

This money is for Lorna barker projects please

35.00
(plus 8.75 giftaid)

84

Total raised so far

10,095.13

Total plus Gift Aid 11,057.35

Direct donations

5,070.13

Raised offline 5,000.00

Fundraising pages

25.00

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