Feeding 2000 Vulnerable Households during the Lockdown

Feeding 2000 Vulnerable Households during the Lockdown

Like many countries across the globe, Uganda currently finds itself under strict lockdown in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 amongst its population. Luckily, to date, the nation’s number of reported cases has remained low – there have only been 126 confirmed cases and no deaths. However, as Joshua (who has lived in Masaka all his life) highlighted in our last blog, the lockdown presents a host of problems which could be potentially more threatening to the community than the virus itself. For a heavily based cash economy such as Uganda, where the welfare safety net is practically non-existent, not getting to work is a huge issue. It means people can’t feed themselves or their families. Having a bank account is a rare thing in Uganda, so falling back on savings is not an option. Many live out of the cash in their pocket. What people earn from a day at work, often feeds them the next, and so on. There is no plan B for the majority of families. No other support is coming. Compounding the harsh reality of what a lockdown means for the nation, is the fact that this status quo looks set to continue for the foreseeable future. Currently, businesses are closed, curfews are in place and public transport is banned. Whilst many European countries tentatively look to slowly move to a ‘life after lockdown’, they have the luxury of developed healthcare systems to support them through the transition. In contrast, Uganda’s healthcare system is much more basic and fragile. For example, there are only 55 intensive care beds in the whole country, and...
Our COVID-19 Food Programme: Supporting the Masaka Community through the Lockdown

Our COVID-19 Food Programme: Supporting the Masaka Community through the Lockdown

Like much of the world’s population at the moment, Uganda is currently under strict lockdown as it desperately tries to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Therefore, whilst our 2020 marathon event is now on hold until 2021, we’re focusing on supporting Masaka, where we operate, through this crisis.   The Uganda Marathon is currently raising funds to create a food programme to help the most vulnerable households in Masaka, alongside a programme to support the hospital as well. Sadly, as Uganda is largely a cash-based economy, and the welfare safety net is practically non-existent, a lockdown means most people can’t go to work. If they can’t go to work, they can’t earn an income, and that means they can’t afford to feed their family.   There is now a major risk the strategy to combat COVID-19 in Uganda may cause significant harm to the community and people will starve. . . . Here Joshua, from our event team, who has lived in Masaka all his life, explains what is happening in the district as a result of the lockdown, and how many families are struggling. As mentioned, families can’t work, so they can’t put food on the table, and some businesses are taking advantage of the situation by raising prices as well. Therefore, to support the community during this difficult time, we’ve teamed up with the Eco Brixs to provide a support programme. Where possible, we are also asking our supporters to donate what they can to help. Everyone is struggling at the present with the worldwide pandemic, but even a small donation goes an incredibly long way...
Tackling COVID-19 in Masaka: How your generosity is empowering the hospital & saving lives

Tackling COVID-19 in Masaka: How your generosity is empowering the hospital & saving lives

. . Like much of the world’s population at the moment, Uganda is under strict lockdown as it desperately tries to contain the coronavirus. Whilst our marathon event is postponed until 2021, we’re focusing our efforts on supporting Masaka, where we operate, through this crisis. We’ve been fundraising to support the hospital in coping with the fallout of the pandemic, and also in setting up a food programme to support most vulnerable who now can’t work due to the lockdown. We’ve invited our friends and supporters to contribute to these programmes, and we’ve been astounded by the response – over £6,500 has been raised to help Masaka through COVID-19. From everyone at the Uganda Marathon, and all of Masaka, a massive thank you for your kind support! Here is an update on how your donations are already making a huge difference to Masaka Referral Hospital in tackling COVID-19. . . .A thank you and update from the Hospital Director . . . Dr Onyachi, the hospital director tells us how the hospital has a catchment area of up to 2 million from the 9 surrounding districts, and with only 330 beds, is under-resourced, yet at the forefront of fighting COVID-19 in the area. So far the received funds have allowed the hospital to test 212 people for the virus around the hospital’s vicinity, in efforts to contain the spread of the virus. Crucially, this has allowed the hospital to identify 4 people who have tested as positive, who are now being safely isolated away from the rest of the population, and are receiving treatment. Furthermore, the funding has also...

Uganda Marathon Coronavirus Emergency Appeal: Save Medics, Feed Masaka

Today, we’re launching our Corona Virus Emergency Appeal. Here are the breakdowns of how the money will help: Corona Support Masaka Uganda Marathon and our partner EcoBrix have developed the following areas of support for Masaka during these unprecedented times. Masaka Referral Hospital: This is the main hospital for the whole region of Masaka with a catchment area of six districts. One of the first confirmed cases of COVID 19 was found at this hospital it is at the epicentre of the region and nations crises. It is also very under equipped for this pandemic. We have been linking with Dr Onyachi the hospital director to ensure we support the most needed and urgent processes required at the hospital. These have been identified as the following: Safety equipment for staff – Doctors, Nurses, Cleaners, Cooks are all putting themselves at risk as they support the neediest at the hospital. They are the community’s life line and we want to support them to keep safe and feed. Gloves (disposable) boxes (100)                35,000   £8 Gloves(size 7.5) 50 pairs box                50,000 £11.40 Gum boots various sizes                30,000 £6.90 Theatre scrubs suits various sizes                50,000 £11.40 Alchohol hand rub 50mls                10,000 £2.30   Isolation Spaces – The hospital lacks proper isolation facilities for identified cases. They require temporary structures and tents to ensure those that have been diagnosed with COVID-19 can be fully isolated from other patients at risks. Also they need to be able to track down cases in the community and follow up on people who have come into contact with those confirmed cases. Tents...
The Uganda Marathon Project Selection Process

The Uganda Marathon Project Selection Process

The Uganda Marathon is not just an event that happens for one week of the year. It is a year-round charity with a full-time team – working tirelessly with projects and the local community to ensure that every pound and dollar raised through the race supports those in Uganda that need it most. Our mission is to alleviate poverty in rural Uganda. Together, we are helping local community organisations to be self-sufficient through revenue generating, and cost-saving initiatives. What this means is that rather than funding a single school lunch for a child, we fund an income-generating or cost-saving project (like a small farm, or solar power), which will generate/save enough money to pay for a lifetime of school lunches. Every year, we work with local community leaders to identify the projects that would most benefit from your support. There are so many incredible projects in Uganda that work in the community, choosing the final 15 is a monumental task! This is why we have worked to create the fairest, most transparent system for choosing the projects that are supported for each event. We are a registered NGO in Uganda – The Masaka Marathon – and a UK-registered charity – The Uganda Foundation – which means that every pound or dollar you fundraise is accounted for, and our team work tirelessly to make sure you leave the biggest legacy possible. As part of our dedication to being transparent, would like to share our system for choosing the 15 Uganda Marathon partner projects: The Application Process This is your legacy! In order to select the best projects we follow a...
Something new – an insight into life from our team in Uganda

Something new – an insight into life from our team in Uganda

Time for something new! Every two weeks we’ll be bringing you an update into life in Uganda, from our team on the ground that not only organises the race, but supports and evaluates the charity work year round! – Written by Andy Bownds and the Uganda team If you are reading this you are a joining us on a journey as this is our first ever project focused blog. We are going to be taking you through the daily running of the Uganda Marathon Masaka office, and how we work throughout the year to ensure the Uganda Marathon projects are working towards sustainability. Today though I want to introduce you to our office and the epicenter of all our work. Based right in the next to Masaka Towns Taxi Park our office is in the hustle and bustle of the community. In and amongst shops, restaurants, saloons, internet cafes, phone repair outlets and copied movie stores the office seems to absorb this energy and have a constant buzz. With an open door policy we have constant stream of wide variety of guests from local officials like the Mayor of Masaka coming to tell us about events and developments taking place in town. To members of the deaf community helping us recycle plastic bottles. To the town’s loudest street preacher who comes for water to sooth his throat from our water filter. To project leads coming for specific training. It is for this reason that our office has become a real part of the community and everyone in Masaka knows where to find us and that they will always be...
2021 event open for registration. Our team are currently providing Covid-19 emergency reliefSee how here
+

Join our community and receive our 2021 Uganda Marathon info pack to your inbox

Hear incredible stories from Uganda, find out more about the projects we support and get updates from the equator!

 

 You will also immediately receive a full info pack that has loads of information about the 2021 Uganda Marathon. Read all about this amazing, record-breaking event!

Thank you!! Your information pack is making its way to your inbox.

You can either close this box and continue browsing our website, or here are some things that you might want to check out...