It is a uniquely difficult time in the world, but I wanted to share good news from a corner of the world that has known suffering for generations. In Kyakitanga, even as the schools closed last week to curtail the Corona Virus, there is a level of hope that is new.
The school nurse, a qualified community health worker and clinical officer, is on the ground to help implement safeguards and interpret guidelines for this remote community which previously had no trained medical workers. She will be moving throughout the community teaching families proper hygiene to keep themselves safe, and thanks to a generous donor, she will be equipped to hand out soap to ensure that families have the supplies needed to implement what they are taught. As one of our Ugandan board members said, "God is turning a huddle into an outreach!"
There are currently only 18 cases of COVID-19 in Uganda and they are taking wise precautions to limit the spread. Uganda lacks the resources to deal with a large scale outbreak, but we are so thankful that Nurse Pamela is on the ground to help our children and their families combat it.
For more encouraging news
, see the enthusiastic newsletter below created by our head teacher about the vocational programs started this term at the high school. Kids are being equipped with practical skills to help them earn a living. Progress!