Posted: 15th June 2020

We Won’t Wait COVID-19

Back in April we launched our help build community resilience campaign where we asked you, our Global Neighbours to help us support communities throughout the world respond to COVID-19 and future health challenges. In our appeal letter we told you of the communities that we had already been able to support with hand washing stations and printed materials and we shared our desire with you to protect more communities against COVID-19. The response to this appeal has been wonderful and we are extremely grateful to everyone who donated to help build community resilience. This support has allowed us to achieve what we wanted, and that is to protect more people and communities against COVID-19.

I am delighted to be able to share with you a project that has been funded through this campaign. This project took place in the Nebbi district of Uganda and was implemented by our partners ARUWE, who named the project, “We Won’t Wait.” The aim of the project was to mitigate the spread and impact of COVID-19 in the Nebbi district through promoting good hygiene, undertaking advocacy activities, and supporting access to vital information on COVID-19 among the local authorities and community groups.

Supported by local government health workers, our partner trained up a task force of nine individuals with skills and knowledge to combat COVID-19 that they would share with communities in Nebbi district. The task force also received training on how to mitigate the spread of the virus, correct hand washing practices, and the importance of social distancing.

(The task force receiving their training)

After the training ARUWE and the task force began working in twenty villages in Jupangira sub-county. The team employed a door-to-door approach informing households about the spread, dangers, and prevention measures against COVID-19. They also informed the communities of the current status of the virus in the country.

(Several households receiving the information regarding COVID-19)

Whilst in the villages the communities were provided with hand washing kits: each kit contained a stand, a Jerrican with a tap, and a bucket. As well as providing the kits the team trained people how to wash their hands thoroughly using clean water and soap and how to maintain good personal hygiene. Once lockdown measures are relaxed and businesses able to open once more, community groups will be trained in manufacturing their own soap.

(One of the hand washing kits that was provided)

In order that the information regarding COVID-19 remains in the minds of the communities, awareness raising posters pictorially detailing government guidelines were displayed in central locations in the villages, with versions translated into the local language.

(One of the posters displaying government guidelines)

The We Won’t Wait project directly reached more than 1,050 households, approximately 7,000 people. We are delighted that alongside ARUWE we have been able to support more communities to help stem the spread of COVID-19.

We will continue to work alongside all of our partners in the different countries we work in throughout the world within the constraints of lockdown to help build community resilience. Thank you once again to everyone who has supported the help build community resilience campaign, please know that you have supported communities throughout the world to help stem the spread of COVID-19 and helped save many lives.

Please do be praying for all of those throughout the world that don’t have access to hand washing facilities and pray that we will be able to reach more communities to help stem the spread of the virus.