Ein Tagebuch zu
Corona in unseren Projekten in Uganda und Kenia
von März bis September 2020
Im September 2020 habe ich mich entschlossen, die vielen Infos
zusammenzustellen, die uns seit März von unseren Projektpartnern aus
Ostafrika zum Thema Covid19 erreichten. Sonst gibt es hier einmal im
Jahr die Jahresberichte zur Projektarbeit. Aber ab April brach die
Kommunikation per Internet und Telefon weitgehend zusammen, weil unsere
afrikanischen Freunde keinen Zugang mehr zu Internet-Cafes hatten und
sie selbst keine eigenen Computer haben. Es ging nur noch über
Whatsapp, das bedeutete, ich musste mir ein Smartphone zulegen. Zum
Glück waren meine Gesprächspartner/innen geübt und standen mir mit
Zuspruch und hilfreichen Tipps zur Seite!
Die wichtigsten Texte und Fotos folgen hier im Original und ich hoffe,
dass sie die jetzige Pandemie-Situation unter afrikanischen Bedingungen
Reverend Ezra aus Uganda war der erste, der auf meine Fragen an alle
Partner nach Covid19 antwortete.
Dear Elizabeth thank u very for your advice and prevention information.
Uganda Government also closed all schools and university's since
Wednesday. All public gatherings, conferences religious etc are closed
though no case is reported yet. Many things are getting more expensive.
Handwashing is being emphasized etc. The population is really worried .
Daraufhin schickte ich allen die Verhaltensregeln der WHO zu, hier ein
hands frequently: Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an
alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Why? Washing
your hands with soap and water or using alcohol based hand rub kills
viruses that may be on your hands"
24.3. On Sunday
Uganda confirmed 1 case of a Ugandan who returned from Dubai.
Last night 8 more were confirmed positive. All these were abode the
same airline. I cannot imagine the rate at which the virus is
devastating the world. Many more people here are getting on the knees
to pray for God's intervention at their homes.
Markets have been closed. Yesterday our neighbors who had gone to sell
and or buy stuff from Rwaihamba market (our nearest market) were
all dispersed by police. Prices for most staff have skyrocketed.
The president directed that those people who dont have their own
transport means should avoid public transport unless if they
must. Buses have reduced the maximum numbers of passengers they
carry to reduce congestion but hiked the fares to cover up the
gap. All shops including our small ones in our neighborhood have
been directed to have hand wash facilities at their entrances. We
cannot imagine where we are ending.
Our prayers are with you all for God's protection. Ezra
24.3. We are fine
though with alot of fear surrounding us.so far 15 got tested positive
of Corona virus in kenya, so all schools, Universities, learning
institutions were closed by Friday last week. No gathering needed eg
church meetings, funerals, weddings ets. Everyone is adviced to be home
and wash hands regularly.
It's scaring, all boarders are closed.
We are praying God to interview since the hand to mouth citizens are
starving now since they cannot work to earn a living.
Protective gears are still not adequate in the hospitals. So health
persons are very scared including me.
26.3. Elizabeth, we
are scared here. People are told to follow instructions BUT they are
not following. Few are abiding. Staying at home is a BIG problem here.
since they claim they cannot get there daily bread if they sit at home.
which is somehow very true.Please help us pray for Kenyans.We now have
28 positive corona cases in the country. Thanks.TAMIMA
Dear friends, I hope you are still safe. We hear of how the virus
is moving fast in countries. On our side the number of cases are also
increasing. By yesterday they were 33 of these 31 are Ugandans
and 2 Chinese. Nearly all of these came from foreign countries..
Last night our president announced additional restrictions that
tantamount to a lock down for 14 days. Among these,
include: No private vehicle is allowed to move on the road since 10pm
at night except on a special permission issued by the District
Commissioner. All Government vehicles in the district are
supposed to be packed at the the district headquarters and at the
command of the District health officer help in emergencies. .Only cargo
vehicles for food stuffs , etc can move. Bodabodas (cycle taxis)
are restricted to carrying stuffs like food. Even the food sellers must
stay at the places they work from- not go back to their homes. If they
cannot afford this, they close the business for the 2 weeks. A curfew
has been imposed. No one is allowed to move past 7Pm except the
security. These are just a few among others. So things are really
tough. We are praying for you and for ourselves that this gets
over. With love, Ezra
We have talked by phone as committee and agreed to buy food for orphans
No group meetings are allowed,so we are thinking of finding a
rider to drop the foodstaffs to all.
Covid infections are increasing in kenya.The infection is now in the
country and every one is afraid.
Lets pray for the best.
Its not easy.
Business is very low and food items are expensive here,
I hope you are fine and keeping safe.
Yes, we tried using the rider to distribute some foods though it was
challenging since some members were not at home to receive.
We resorted to them collecting to help keep clear records.
I hope you got the photos.
If not,tell me to resend.
The photos with a lady with her children is a new widow who we wished
to incorporate in the group.The husband died a week ago and she is very
Thanks for the donations.
We distributed beans,maize and chicken 1 for each child
3.7. OBWG FINANCIAL REPORT OF FOOD DONATIONS AT COVID -19 PERIODS
We thought covid -19 could ONLY take some
days .but unfortunately it has taken several months.
We gave out foods hoping to save some money for the orphans’ budget
back to school. But all was in vain since we all were still expected to
be in doors for a longer time. The affected cases were increasing day
and night with a lot of contact cases taken for quarantine. Indeed it
has been a crisis since most of our ladies are widows staying with
orphans. They all have to go out to look for money to buy food and feed
their children. STAYING AT HOME IS NOT POSSIBLE IN KENYA.
First round and second round was done by a motorbike rider. He went
round giving all the foods at doorsteps of OBWG members since
government needed people in door.
The group had ksh 35,000 which they also used to save the situation.
My children (boys)a re all in school still .the schools are closed now
indefinitely. So we are all home.
We budgeted with 30 people because we gave others who are not in the
group and are also in great need.Some also care for more than 1 child
,so such a person was given more food.
STATUS OF CARE GIVERS OF ORPHANS, WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS OF OBWG IN 2020
Meeting with above youth. I taught on condom
use and staying safe, distributed sanitary towels too.
19.9. Tamima: I
took advantage of seventh day Adventist Church camp meetings to get the
youths for the lessons.
I taught on:
prevention of HIV, pregnancy and condom use. It's a long holiday and
many youths got unwanted pregnant and may not go to schools next year
due to pregnancy and covid 19.
Tamima ONYALO BIRO: It has been a long holiday due to Corona.
We hope schools are opening soon since Corona is now reducing.
We as committee hope to use your money for school going preparation.
Some predict October 2020,we may go back to school when Corona measures
are all put in place in all learning places
Currently we have nothing in our account.
Thank you alot for the contribution.
If something remains, we will bused our income generating activities in
Am planning to meet Pathfinder youths tomorrow in Seventh Day Adventist
They invited me to teach them on sexuality and covid 19
Hallow, it's sad and very sad here in Homabay
We have just burried a nurse who have died due to covid 19.
Here are the photos. Tamima (erste Reihe links)
Please take care, covid 19 is real
Marjorie, Kitojo Uganda
Hi to you there. To me am doing good. I (left on
photo) have many skills that I can teach to the youths. As youth have
no school we have to teach them with Aida (center of photo). First we
are weaving baskets. Have a good day
Marjorie making handmade masks at home
SMAK project auf dem Land
in Kakamega, West-Kenia
19.9. Angelina aus
Nairobi, ist in ihre Heimat aufs Land („in the rural“) nach Westkenia
gefahren, um mit Jugendlichen zu arbeiten:
These are young mothers below 18 years and
have between 3+4 children. In the rural l trained them on production of
liquid soap for handwashing and for income generating also took them
through the importance of wearing facemasks which are expensive in the
rural. They are in need of clothes, shoes for their children too and
I managed to mobilize some pairs of shoes for
this rural football team for under 18 years. Keeping young boys busy
during this long school holiday they are very much in need of shoes,
boots and uniforms even if they are used if you can get and send as
Angelina von Single
Mothers Project in Ziwani Slum, Nairobi
Life for slum women who had been depending on laundry work in homes has
become very difficult because since corona no family is willing to hire
them. So they are serving and collecting used shopping bags and face
masks, washing them in unclean river waters and selling them at the
open air market. They are the target at risk being in that dirty water
the whole day with no gumboots or gloves for protection. That is unsafe
and that is the reason why I am busy looking for face masks order. They
should stitch (produce) masks as an income.
The two ladies collect used face-masks from
dump sites wash and sell them. Forcing us to stich some from our
leftover materials and distribute to them.
Teaching them how to stitch masks as an income generating project is a
future project. Then they can start table banking to save for their
individual sewing machine
Angelina distributes 2 footballs to the
street-boys, SMAK project in Ziwani Slum in Nairobi
hat einen Fahrrad-Corso mitorganisiert.
Straßenkinder sammeln unterwegs, mit dabei sind fünf von "ihren"
Jungen. z. B. "Tom", hat eine kleine Werkstatt auf dem Gelände von SMAK
unter einem Dach aufgebaut, wo er Fahrräder repariert. Von den
Aufträgen kann er schon leben. Das spornt ihn an und er ist ein
Vorbild für andere.
They are raising funds for the slum and street activities which
includes feeding of street families, integration of street children
back to their families and back to school.
so happy today through What's up l have been able to trace the family
of this boy who is 17years old from Western Kenya has been in the
street for 5 years, left home with friends, reaching Nairobi they
abandoned him. Tomorrow l will start the process of uniting him
with his family through children officer and police.
feeding programme was a success thanks to your endless support which we
ackowledge. Looking forward to a better world relationship with all of
you. Thank you!