HOW THE VULNERABLE CHILDREN OF UGANDA ARE SURVIVNG THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

By Our Writer

The festive season is known for celebrations and feasting, meeting up with families and friends. This may not be the case with the disadvantaged children in orphanage homes and centres who may have no other place to call home or parents to go back to.

With the COVID-19 Pandemic hitting many donors hard, some orphanage centres have been left to mercy of individuals who throw them a hand with the little they have.

Still in light of COVID-19, kids in these centres are so vulnerable and once the virus enters their home, many might be affected due to their nature of communal living. To equip orphanages with tools to fight COVID-19, a group of friends; Lukwago Rajab, Lule Joseph, Nakalema Shakirah and Bukenya Abdul Wahab under their registered organization, R-evolution for the Children and Vulnerable Ltd with support from R-evolution Worldwide International led Dario Scaramuzzi came up with an initiative dubbed SOAP BUBBLES AGAINST COVID-19, through which foot operated hand washing basins would be distributed to the selected centres along with training on proper hand washing practices as approved by WHO.

During the festive holidays, the R-evolution team traversed different parts of the country and managed to visit five orphanage centres which included Sanyu Babies’ Home in Kampala, Midland Children’s Centre in Kasana, Luwero District, MUCCO in Wakiso District, M-Lisada in Kampala and Love Uganda Foundation in Kalagi, Mukono District.

At the orphanage homes , they distributed 10 hand washing facilities (02 per centre) with liquid & bar soap, hand sanitizers, hand washing guidelines, as well as other basic items like sugar, clothes, toys, sweets etc collected from other well-wishers.

Children and care takers were trained on proper hand washing practices. A few of them faintly knew what to do while others lacked the basic knowledge on proper hand washing. Many would rush, wash only the palms while others just rinsed without minding about the formation of soap bubbles.

Such initiatives of proper hand washing practices- if widely implemented, may see a reduction in the spread of Covid -19 and other  diseases caused by poor hygiene.

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