Changes in Uganda

Hello to all my friends and supporters around the world,

I pray that this letter finds you staying safe and healthy and managing the challenges being faced. Here in Uganda we are used to facing many challenges but I fear the changes that this pandemic will ripple across the globe.

As many of you know, I manage a hostel here in Uganda that generates income to cover the majority of the food expenses at Manna Rescue Home.  Since international travel is at a standstill and anyone entering the country has to be quarantined for 14 days on arrival, I currently don’t have any guests staying in my hostel.

Thankfully, our 30 kids at MRH are doing great, playing and laughing like kids do and life for them hasn’t changed much. They can’t return to their villages because of lack of medical care and access to nutritious foods so we are happy to continue to provide for them at MRH. We are currently working on ways to continue their education by “homeschooling” them in small groups, which many of you are also trying to figure out.

Even though there are no known cases of COVID-19 in Uganda at this time, schools are now closed and thousands of students are crowding into buses to return home even though school fees are paid and families aren’t prepared to house and feed these children. Our president has also ordered all gatherings to be limited to 10 or less people. Unfortunately, with restrictions increasing, businesses are going to fail and poverty will increase. In countries like Uganda, there aren’t government bailouts and subsidizing income or stimulus packages so we hope and pray this passes quickly. We also hope to continue to provide for the most vulnerable and needy during these trying times.

Thank you for continuing to partner with us to help people in Uganda. I continue to pray for all of you and for our own situation. God is our strength and we continue daily in faith.