Uganda Lock Down Crisis – Feeding vulnerable families

15th August 2021
Uganda has just emerged from a strict 42 day lockdown. However many restrictions such as curfew remain in place and since July anyone found guilty of not wearing a facial mask while in public places will face a jail term of two months. These restrictions continue to have a negative impact on the most vulnerable families in our local communities to access food. For example many elderly were reliant on family members to provide support but now these family members are struggling to support themselves due to loss of work and are unable to support their relatives. Also many people in the community are unable to even afford a face mask which limits their movements in public places. In May of this year thanks to donations from supporters of Starlight Family  we were able to provide food supplies for approximately 1 month to 10 elderly families and 10 families with young children as well as support the children that live in the Starlight Family Children’s Home(see pictures at the end). With the donations raised in this campaign so far (up to 26th July) we have supported 16 families with masks, soap and food provisions for a month. In total 74 people including children, the elderly and those with health issues were reached with just over £316 which is approximately £4.30 per person for 1 month. A report on this spending is available to download at the bottom of the page.  However many people still need our support as the difficulties they are facing will not go away over night. We are still seeking donations to be able to reach 148 more people (please see budget below). Even a small donation can make the difference between a family eating or not. It would also be greatly appreciated if you can share the campaign with anyone you feel might be interested in helping.

Spending budget to provide 148 more vulnerable with food for 1 month
In this video James and some of the beneficiaries are expressing their thanks for your recent donations which helped 74 people including children, the elderly and those with health issues with food, masks and soap.
Thanks to support we have been able to provide food, soap and masks to the most in need in Nakasagazi Village community, Kiboga. in this video the supplies are arriving at the school for distribution. For those who couldn’t physically get to the school James delivered to their homes.

Previous message July 10th 2020

As Uganda enters its 3rd week of a 6 week lock down once again the most vulnerable families are being effected the hardest. In May of this year thanks to donations from supporters of Starlight Family we were able to provide food supplies for approximately 1 month to 10 elderly families and 10 families with young children as well as support the children that live in the Starlight Family Children’s Home. For the difficulties being experienced during the current lockdown UK volunteer and supporter, Nirvikalpini Nithya has created a GoFundMe fundraiser ( https://www.gofundme.com/manage/uganda-lockdown-crisis-feeding-at-risk-families/) so we can buy food and essential supplies to help the most vulnerable families in our local community who are under pressure from the current lock down in Uganda. As a community member, member of the Kiboga Rotary club and director of Starlight Family charity Lukyamuzi James is well placed to know who is the most in need and as always will deliver the food brought with money raised. The YouTube videos below introduce you to some of the people that we are supporting. Please consider even a small donation as this can make the difference between a family eating or not.

James goes into the community to see where the money raised in the recent GoFundMe campaign can help the most
In this video James speaks with an elderly woman about her current needs.
James speaks with an elderly woman who is seeking support to help look after her grandchildren

James speaks with a young mother who explains that because of the lockdown all income generating activities have stopped.