Coronavirus Update April 2020

We hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well.

While all of us are navigating these strange and uncertain times and the impact of Covid-19 on our own lives and communities, we wanted to keep you up to date with what’s happening in the communities Blossom Africa supports in Bunambutye.

The people we support are our absolute priority. To help keep them safe we are following government guidelines and have temporarily suspended activities. By encouraging social distancing, stopping travel between the city of Mbale and the rural communities where we work, and pausing weekly group meetings we hope to help to contain the spread in Uganda (which as of 16 April has had 55 confirmed cases).

We have also been looking at ways we can increase our support at this difficult time and last month sent additional funds to buy soap and salt for all of our group members - nearly 200 people. We have also supported remote communications through payments for airtime and internet access, and have ensured that a 'tippy tap' for handwashing has been set up at the tree nursery by our partner MEACCE.

The delivery of soap and salt loaded up and on the way to Bunambutye

While Covid-19 is impacting everyone in different ways, we know that more vulnerable people are hit hardest which is why we want to ensure people have the tools and information to keep themselves and their families safe. We are continuing to monitor how best we can help the community moving forward, and are exploring activities such as installing additional taps and delivering health & hygiene training.

The threat to health is only part of the crisis, so we are continuing to pay our staff while work is paused to minimise any secondary impacts of the virus on their livelihood and families.

Blossom Africa's staff team in Uganda. From left: Winnie, Jeremiah, and Ezra

We had hoped to share some exciting updates as we develop our new strategy but that will need to wait for now. We will continue to keep you informed about the situation in Bunambutye moving forwards.

Thank you again for your support.
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