Covid-19 in Uganda

Coronaviruses generally cause complaints to the lungs and airways. SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) and COVID-19 are examples of coronaviruses.

Lockdown

Uganda

Imagine yourself being very poor and barely able to make a living. Sometimes you can’t even afford medicines for malaria or diarrhea and the tuition fees for your children are a major problem every quarter. Your family gets by on the $ 25 you earn every month and the small vegetable garden around your house ensures that your family does not starve.

And then country went into lockdown on March 31, 2020. Passenger transport is prohibited, most businesses are closed, schools are closed and people must remain in their homes. Uganda has no social safety net and the vast majority of the population earns just enough not to starve and cannot save a penny. The problems that have arisen are almost incalculable.

There is a small middle class in Uganda which is also hit hard but our attention is focused on the huge group of poor people (almost 90% of the population). A life-threatening situation has arisen for this group and it will only get worse in the near future.

What now?

Old approach

In our view, there is no point in giving borrowing money. The government is so corrupt that most of the money disappears into the pockets of the president, MPs and local politicians. The loan also increases the interest burden that the citizens ultimately pay. Shipping food does not make much sense either, as this also ends up in the wrong places and in addition; the country can easily produce enough food to feed everyone.

Our approach

The most important thing right now is to get the local economy going again. How? For example by coming to Uganda to volunteer so your host family makes a bit of money. You can help Uganda by supporting one of our social projects and you can even help by being a tourist if you avoid the big ‘brands’ and let us organise your safari.

What can YOU do?

Support Joeboentoe with a small donation (project: general) so that we can help more people, grow and expand to other areas and countries. Share this page with your family and friends and tell them about our approach! Come to Uganda and support the local economy by helping. Support a social project so that more people get a job.

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