The weather is not playing nice in Uganda

 

As well as dealing with the COVID crisis, Ugandan is also facing trouble from the weather.  Torrential rains nationwide has caused flooding and landslides.

 

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-“I have 20 people living in my two 3m x 3m huts’. Richard, Amari school cook. “My hut collapsed, and I’ve had to find another hut”. Caesar, Amari porter. “The water is 2m from the door of my house”. Denis, Amari lead builder. To some extent, our corner of Uganda has been ‘cushioned’ from the economic effects of the COVID lockdown, as our people have, in the main, had access to their gardens and/or to Lake Albert for fishing (although night fishing has been banned). For some of our staff and school families, however, that is changing. Particularly for those living down at Songalendu fishing village, a couple of kilometres behind Amari on Lake Albert. Over the last few days, Uganda has experienced nation-wide torrential rains, flooding and landslides. As a result, many rivers have burst their banks, and lakes have overflowed, swamping those living along the edges. Richard is housing his in-laws who were flooded out. Caesar has had to find another hut for his family (and pay rent for it). Denis is wondering how long his house will hold up, with more thunderstorms predicted over the next few days. Some of our children and their families have had to relocate. Some have been given some land, and are building back inland a bit, as are other families. However at night, three churches down in Songalendu are sleeping approximately 10 families each, as the families build during the day. And because they are putting their efforts into building, they are unable to fish, and hunger is becoming an issue. Likewise, some of our more vulnerable parents/guardians, particularly those widowed, are feeling the pinch. Amari will be providing immediate cash assistance to about 5 families we already provide extra support for. Then next week I (Marita) will be meeting the the Buliisa District COVID task force to work out with them how we can further assist. If you would like to contribute towards this, please see link in comment following. – – – – #Amari #amaricdo #Buliisa #Uganda #ugandalove #ugandaschool #ugandalockdown #songalendu

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