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The Uganda Foundation
The Uganda Foundation
Masaka Coronavirus Emergency Appeal

Masaka Coronavirus Emergency Appeal

Why we need your help

Uganda Marathon Emergency support: Save Medics, Feed Masaka
Uganda is currently in lockdown to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
There are only 55 intensive care beds in the entire country.
Should the virus spread, the healthcare system will quickly become overwhelmed. 
To contain the spread, the Ugandan government has passed extremely strict laws on social distancing, curfews, the movement of people, and the closure of almost all businesses. Almost all vehicles are banned from the roads. Exercising in public is forbidden. 
These measures are necessary to prevent mass deaths. However, the Ugandan economy largely cash-based. The government welfare safety net is largely non-existent. 
Many Ugandans are now facing a long period of no income. If you can't go to work, in short order you can't afford to feed your family.
The Uganda Marathon event has been postponed to May 2021, and our usual charitable activities suspended. 
We are solely focusing our activities on supporting the local community in Masaka, where we operate, in tackling the Coronavirus outbreak. 
In partnership with the EcoBrix and other key supporters, we are funding two key initiatives to save lives.
Funding Masaka Hospital
With a catchment area of over 1.5 million people, and just 330 beds, the main hospital in the region is vulnerable.
You will be funding:
  • Lifesaving PPE (gloves, masks, gowns) for doctors, nurses and healthcare staff, who are desperately under equipped
  • Handwashing stations across the Hospital grounds and buildings for better prevention
  • Isolation areas for patients with suspected Covid-19, so they don’t mix with general population
  • Food programme for Hospital workers so that they can eat when shops and markets are closed
Feeding Masaka
The cure must not be worse than the disease. With all schools - and school food programmes - closed, families now have many more mouths to feed at home. Things are already tight, and it will get much worse.
With closure of almost every business and market, families are unable to generate income. With no government safety net, many face starvation.
You will be funding a programme of seed distribution and home garden planting, so that families can plant quick-growing crops in time to harvest before their money and food stores runs out.
Job support fund
Many of the projects runners have spent time with are facing extreme financial difficulty. It is unclear how they will pay their staff. You will also be funding emergency grants to support Ugandan charity workers - allowing them to continue to support their communities without worrying about how they will provide for their families

34,742.36

raised towards 37,000.00 target

34742.36
37000.00

How you can support us

Supporters

Caroline Hargreaves

Run and walk 304km from 30th May to 30th June

30.00
K Kelly

Hearts 4 Uganda

305.00
Stephanie Maggs

Making cakes

0.00
Mountain for Massaka

Mountain for Masaka

2465.25

Jun 01, 2020

George Stables

Good job West & Gags on the marathon in London to support the cause!

35.20
(plus 8.80 giftaid)

May 31, 2020

Sharif

Great work guys!

45.50

May 31, 2020

Louis Saunders

Big up Gagan who ran the marathon in Uganda last year and over this weekend ran a London Marathon to raise money for such a good cause!

35.20

May 31, 2020

Tom H

Deserved cause. Well done done to my brother gagan for running a marathon distance here in London!

27.00
(plus 6.75 giftaid)

May 31, 2020

Anya

102.00
(plus 25.50 giftaid)

May 31, 2020

Richard Holroyd

Well done Brendan. Hope your legs can still dig!

50.00
(plus 12.50 giftaid)

May 31, 2020

JEA-JMA

Well done Brendan and Laura, a great achievement.

45.50
(plus 11.38 giftaid)

May 31, 2020

Rebecca Lyne and the Longshaw TrYumphs

Donation in recognition of Katie Sloane's incredible 15 Trig run. Keep up all your amazing work there in Uganda. Heartwarming to know there are people that are helping the world's most vulnerable. Thank you.

50.00
(plus 12.50 giftaid)

May 31, 2020

Ib

22.80
(plus 5.70 giftaid)

May 31, 2020

Hopkins

22.80
(plus 5.70 giftaid)

93

Total raised so far

34,742.36

Total plus Gift Aid 37,656.26

Direct donations

14,084.11

Raised offline 17,858.00

Fundraising pages

2,800.25

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