News from Bunambutye

Autumn 2020

Like all of us, this year we have had to radically adapt our plans due to the outbreak of COVID-19. We talked to the team and communities we work with and developed a project which we hoped would build resilience and prepare the community for the pandemic. This was challenging as nobody knew what to expect or what the impact would be on these rural communities.

Thanks to a grant from the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA), through the Welsh Government funded Wales and Africa programme, we have been able to make firm progress with this project over the last few months, working closely with our partner Jenga Uganda. 

Importantly, this grant has enabled us to continue paying wages to our team. We have also purchased bicycles and other essential equipment for our field officers in Bunambutye.

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Our field officer Ezra with his new bicycle, to make it easier to travel between groups

In our last update, we shared that we had provided funds for emergency supplies of items that the community had told us were vitally needed. We continued to provide funds for salt, soap and maize flour throughout the summer months, as lockdown impacted people's sources of income and disrupted prices and availability in markets. We also distributed seeds at the beginning of the planting season, and provided each savings group with additional crisis funding that more vulnerable members of the group could access.

Alongside support to tackle the financial impact of lockdown, we wanted to reduce the risk of the virus spreading to the community. Through training on the importance of handwashing and access to 'tippy taps', we hope to prevent the spread of the virus. We have also strengthened our relationship with the local community health team, by supporting them with PPE and funds to travel around Bunambutye to spread hygiene awareness among the community.

Blossom Africa's partner Jenga Uganda delivering training on the importance of handwashing

As Blossom Africa endeavours to create sustainable solutions, we are looking to expand on the support in the coming months with a new goat rearing project. This will provide the most vulnerable members in the community with goats and training so they can access a reliable source of income and milk for themselves and their families.

Thank you again for your support.

This project is funded by Welsh Government's Wales Africa Grant Scheme, administered by WCVA.
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