Covid 19 Crisis
Five years now since we started the active movement as Reinhard Foundation. This was idealized by one of our Founders in 2015 that went through a tough time while he was growing up as a total orphan from the age of Seven years. Having lived in a society where there’s no security and care for orphans, he struggled through to find a suitable place/home where he could stay and of cause do petty jobs at the village in order to support himself pay his school fees. He later connected with a German friend with whom they Co-found GlobalMatch .e.V from which Reinhard Foundation was initiated. Fellow Ugandan friends motivated to empower the needs of citizens joined in and we’ve had meetings where we agreed to do a social causes and activities of basically helping the needy Elderly people, needy orphans, and vulnerable youths around Njeru village, Budondo and the surroundings. Thought the pandemic season we’ve seen that many of the different organizations working to solve some communal problems in different communities have been a bit laid back due to the difficulties in their operations which include taking SOPs in consideration and as well curfew hours and social distancing which make everything difficult. However, the fact that the original challenges of course as well haven’t disappeared, we sat down as a team that had a very delicate target group that could still get more affected had we not done anything to keep them going. In a meeting we discussed issues that could arise and how best we could sort most before everything gets astray. After tight long hourly calls that we usually had as a team, we decided to first of all source for immediate long lasting food staffs that we could distribute to our target group and this was just after hearing rumors about our first case of covid-19 in Uganda. This case put a lot of tension to all Ugandans and rumors of the home stay quarantine started which put most of us in a tight moment. No one had prepared for anything and we were very sure that our government couldn’t have the capacity to provide everyone with enough food thought the lockdown season. Ideas of food being collected from our personal gardens came in fast as they were the cheapest means at the instants, using the little collected funds as well was second idea as it could still buy some other items like sugar, salt, soap and other very essential staff that could become problematic to access and indeed we followed. The big issue then arose after underestimating the lockdown time that went up to more than three (3) months and the little we had could only take us up to less than two months. As we were still gambling with what next to do, here we come to meet two wonderful partners that came to share with us our burden and with them shared a lot which involved ideas on ways of handling the crisis as an organization, improving our systems and many more which has empowered and motivated the team a lot. These among include one amazing Kathrin David Founder of Give & Grow who is more than willing to connect to any volunteers who will be interested in coming to Uganda and also she has helped us in the running of the campaign to help our target group during the lockdown of the current pandemic situation of COVID-19 together with social bnb and we have so far been able to raise 81.87 Euros. What we have done. According to our layout, we’ve managed to reach out to 25 individuals amongst our target group however this time being that the pandemic didn’t only affect our original target group, we as well decided that each member could as well reach out to those other people that could not anymore support themselves bit with food, soap or any other possible support in our residing areas. We as well extended our communication services to various people online were we make comforting talks to keep people together and friendly in the difficult times including means of how best to keep safe from the virus. We’ve visited the old people and the orphans and provided them with some of the basic needs that they can use thought the covid-19 times and hopefully they have gotten through it slowly by slowly as we look forward to the vaccine. What we are looking up to. Some of our projects have not yet started due to the limited funds available currently and this mostly include the assisting the orphans get back to school, sawing and weaving however the IT support is gradually traversing being that we are now getting more and more in the technological arena. In 2018, we requested for a donation in form of computer materials from ‘Labdoo’, a Germany organization that empowers startups and schools with IT materials, they donated to us four laptops, four tablets, and three digital E-books and we have been able to once in a while teach computer skills to our target group starting at the age of 3. The fact that all Education facility programs have been put on hold until 2021, Reinhard foundation has seen this as a big problem that is going to keep people idle thought these times and the skill empowerment program would suit better in these times. In June 2019, while one of our co-founders visited Germany, he got in touch with one football team called Lutzelburg in Augsburg which sponsored us with two sets of sports wears to our orphaned football players and youths in the community believing that it would keep them focused. We therefore call upon all well wishes that can support us through this phase to please donate all they can to our platforms so that we can put our program in place to skill the youth more in these times. There are very many risks that are already rising in the communities the fact that all people are home doing nothing starting from the home heads to the schooling students. Teenage pregnancies, rape, defilement, family conflicts and many more are all in place but this is due to the limited work schedules in the communities. Many of the peoples’ businesses are more likely not coming back for the fact all their capitals have been used up, many parents are going to fail to push children back to schools due to limited funds and many people are being chased from rental houses and shops for the fact that they don’t have money to pay these fees.