Last Updated: 24/09/2020

The number of new COVID-19 infections in Uganda has climbed in recent weeks. Nevertheless, on Sept. 20, the president announced the easing of many restrictions. The international airport and land borders have reopened for tourists after being closed for more than six months. Colleges and universities will reopen for final-year students on Oct. 15. Open-air sports activities can resume without spectators and with players undergoing virus testing. Houses of worship can resume with a maximum of 70 people present. Indoor sports facilities, bars, casinos, gaming centers and cinemas remain closed. A national curfew remains in place from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Compassion child development centers are still closed to group activities. Partner church staff members continue assessing the needs of children and their households and meeting those needs using child support and other local resources. Gifts from sponsors are being distributed. Additionally, staff members have been able to distribute 67,704 food packs and 102,201 hygiene kits to Compassion-assisted families, and they have provided medical support to 19,201 individuals.

A Message From Compassion Uganda’s National Director

Hear from Lenny Mugisha, National Director of Compassion Uganda, as he shares an update on how COVID-19 is affecting Compassion’s ministry in Uganda.

Updated: 20/08/2020

How is Compassion Currently Operating in Uganda?

Below, you will find the latest information on how Compassion is currently operating in Uganda, including status updates on center openings, letter delivery and gift delivery. This is the most current information we have, though it can change quickly. Please know that even if centers are closed and letters and gifts are not being delivered, your child and his or her family are being checked in on regularly by staff. We all look forward to the day we will all be able to gather together again!

Are Compassion Centers Open?

At this point, all centers in Uganda are closed in order to abide by local guidelines. Staff members are still calling and checking in on families, and in some communities they are able to visit children while obeying social distancing guidelines. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute 67,704 food packs and 102,201 hygiene kits to children and their families!

Are Children Receiving Letters?

The majority of letters are delayed in Uganda, which means it may take longer for you to receive letters from your child. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t write! We encourage you to continue sending your sponsored child letters of encouragement and hope. What a joyful day it will be when those letters are delivered!

Are Gifts Being Delivered?

Gifts continue to be distributed in Uganda, although they are currently delayed. In some communities, staff members have needed to disburse monetary gifts to an appropriate, verified caregiver. This applies to family gifts and child gifts (including birthday and final gifts). Families may spend the gift on whatever they consider most important to meet family needs. The caregiver will be notified whether a gift has been designated as a child gift or family gift. The caregiver will decide the best use of the money, recognizing that sometimes purchasing food or paying rent is in the best interest of a child.

Story From the Field

Six-year-old Jackson has nephrotic syndrome, a kidney disorder. Up until May, his family had been able to keep his condition under control. However, amid the COVID-19 restrictions, Jackson’s condition worsened. He was taken to a hospital in Uganda’s capital city, Kampala, where doctors said his kidney would need to be removed.

“I knew that the money was going to be too much,” says Jackson’s father, Michael, who earns a living by driving a motorcycle taxi. “I imagined that I was finished. I cried! My heart was broken.”

Out of work since March because of the pandemic, Michael had no way to pay for his son's medical care. Despairing, he went to the local Compassion partner church where Jackson is registered in Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program and shared his dilemma with the staff.

Two days later, Martin, the director of the child development center, visited Michael and told him they would take care of all Jackson’s bills.

Now, since his successful surgery, Jackson is much better, says Michael. “His cheeks are still a bit swollen but the doctor said he can now start eating things he was not been eating before, like a little salt and meat, and he can now play with his friends. Without the help of Compassion, I think Jackson would have died. I could not have afforded to pay for the medical bills."

How can I pray for Uganda?

Pray for the thousands of refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who have recently entered Uganda. Pray for their health and safety as the government works to test and house them safely in the midst of the pandemic.

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