News from our Partners – Youth Action Uganda
At the time of writing Uganda has recorded 55 cases of Covid-19 but as yet no deaths. At the end of March the government banned the use of public transport and non-food markets, closed all bars and instituted a mandatory quarantine in hotels for Ugandans returning from high risk countries. They also imposed night-time curfews and use of shopping centres until the middle of April. The security forces have been used to enforce these laws
Our partners Youth Action Uganda (YAU) work with vulnerable communities in 4 districts within north-eastern Uganda, helping them become economically sustainable through agricultural programmes. They rely heavily on their team of Field Officers to deliver tailor-made mentoring and support to the 280 farmers currently on the last year of their 3-year Tithe to Thrive programme.
Samuel, who leads the ministry, and the YAU team report that government sanctions to combat the spread of COVID-19 has led to all meetings and use of motorised transport being banned. Entry into the Napak district has been closed and Ivan, their Field Officer who lives and works in this district, has returned to the head office in Soroti. However, agriculture is an essential work so the team may get permission to continue their work and they are thinking about how to best support the farmers they serve during lockdown.
- For wisdom for Samuel and the team in this season as they consider and prayerfully discern how best to support the farmers in the weeks and months ahead;
- For the Lord to be with Ivan, strengthening and encouraging him as he lives away from Napak and from the farmers he cares for;
- That the ongoing pandemic would not stop the farmers from being able to plant for the next harvest;
- That the Lord would bless the crops as they grow and would continue to provide the food, finances and the other things our partners need;
- That the farmers and the YAU team would not contract the virus but would remain in good health, implementing the important hygiene practises they have learnt.