In an effort to enhance the preparedness and response efforts of the vulnerable communities living at the border with Rwanda in Bufundi sub county, Rubanda District of Uganda against the escalating COVID 19 pandemic, Kigezi Initiative for Women and Children Empowerment and Development-Uganda (KIWOCEDU) with financial support from AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) supplied two hundred (200) households with sanitation and hygiene equipment including; bars of soap and tapped jerrycans.
The vulnerable households/comunities we supported with the COVID-19 relief also live adjacent to Echuya Forest and most of them earn less than a dollar per day. With economic activities suspended due to COVID- 19, the communities have found it very hard to even raise a day’s meal let alone buy a piece of soap to bathe or regularly wash their hands as required in the fight against COVID-19.One hundred and ten individuals (110) from the two hundred (200) households supported are also HIV positive.
According to the Programme coordinator of KIWOCEDU, Ivan Rukundo, KIWOCEDU supplied 20 boxes of Soap (400 bars) and 200 tapped Jerrycans on 10th June 2020. Ivan reveals that, 'It was a very touching experience seeing HIV positive individuals sharing their health challenges in the face of absolute poverty and the fast spreading corona virus disease'. He adds that this category of beneficiaries was the most appreciative of the support.