Support to urban poor and disadvantaged children with food and non food items during Covid-19 lockdown
Started May 24, 2020
Created by Henry Wakabinga657 Facebook Friends.
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HENRY WAKABINGA's support to urban poor and disadvantaged children with food and non food items during Covid-19 lockdown
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Ugandans recognise the political implications of Museveni’s lockdown, as measures to suppress public gatherings have become a common feature of electoral periods. But on a personal level, Ugandans lament the economic exposure these measures have brought.
For those in what the President calls the ‘hand-to-mouth’ category of workers, financial security depends on highly personalised efforts – especially in the gig economy – which along with the rest of the informal sector employs 80% of the Ugandan workforce, and contributes 50% to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). It is them who will be hit the hardest by a severe economic meltdown resulting from stringent lockdown measures. They have lost their jobs and their businesses have been padlocked. Like all countries fighting the novel coronavirus, Uganda was faced with the dreadful choice of either ruthlessly damaging the employments of her people through prolonged lockdowns, or to sacrifice the lives of scores to the sickness. Unlike previous epidemic preparedness measures, such as Ebola, the response to Covid-19 has ruptured everyday routines and rhythms of people in the cities.
Therefore, the main fear bugging most Ugandans is not the virus, but rather the isolation measures that have significantly disrupted people’s means to make an income. For that reason, people continue to brave the streets to work. For instance, street vendors continue scurrying to the windows of vehicles in traffic lights and jams. Without masks, they bark the prices of their merchandises to the motorists, who, petrified by a prospect of contact, swiftly raise their windows, fearing the street could become the epicentre within Uganda. These vendors cannot afford to isolate at home, or should I say the verandas of commercial buildings, unless they want to starve to death. The street is their workplace, livelihood and home.
I call upon Well-wishers and friends of PREACH Uganda to come and save lives of the neediest yet productive communities around Busoga Region so as to save lives that may be lost due to lack of access to food- A basic right and need.