Due to rising prices and food scarcity many families in the Mbale area are, literally, running out of food and although UWCM are doing their best to support families by distributing emergency food and household parcels, the numbers are growing. Each family was given 10kg of maize flour and 3 kg of beans costing approx. £10 and lasts around. 3-5 days depending on the size of the family. UWCM said: “This changed the story of these families because they saw it as a miracle as they did not expect anything of the kind in such a moment and the package was termed as God hears and answers prayers.”
There has also been a small outbreak of Covid19 in this area and people are, understandably, fearful and some staff from UWCM have been told to quarantine due to exposure to the victim. The lady who died was a cook at the local hospice and was the main breadwinner in their family. UWCM have asked us to pray with, and for, them at this time.
Although lockdown restrictions are gradually being eased in Uganda schools remain closed with the teaching mainly carried out through radio centres. The school year in Uganda doesn’t end until December and although the government has pledged to provide families with radios these, and other benefits, often do not reach the rural areas.