COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Uganda

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Uganda

Last Updated: 10/19/2020

Despite a growing number of coronavirus cases, the government of Uganda has eased some COVID-19-related restrictions and opened its borders to international tourists, hoping that will revive the economy. Colleges and universities reopened for final-year students on Oct. 15. Houses of worship have resumed with a maximum of 70 people present. A national curfew remains in place from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Compassion child development centers are still closed to group activities. Partner church staff members continue assessing the needs of children and their households and meeting those needs using child support and other local resources. Gifts from sponsors are being distributed. Staff members have been able to distribute 67,704 food packs and 102,201 hygiene kits to Compassion-assisted families, and they have provided medical support to 19,201 individuals.

COVID response in Uganda

How is Compassion Currently Operating in Uganda?

Below, you will find the latest information on how Compassion is currently operating in Uganda, including status updates on center openings, letter delivery and gift delivery. This is the most current information we have, though it can change quickly. Please know that all children and their families are being checked in on regularly by staff, either in person or by phone, even if the Compassion center is not open for programming. Watch this video for a detailed explanation of how COVID-19 is affecting Compassion centers and how local partners are caring for each registered child during this season.

Are Compassion Centers Open?

At this point, all centers in Uganda are closed in order to abide by local guidelines. Staff members are still calling and checking in on families, and in some communities they are able to visit children while obeying social distancing guidelines. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute 67,704 food packs and 102,201 hygiene kits to children and their families!

COVID response in Uganda

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When news of the COVID-19 pandemic reached Uganda, many had no idea how it was affecting the rest of the world until a national quarantine was announced. Masulita village was hit especially hard. First, families began experiencing hunger. Then despair hit.

Pastor Cyrus, whose church partners with Compassion, quickly set out to alleviate both. “I realized that the families we were encouraging had more than just spiritual needs; they needed food. Compassion came alongside us to support us in giving to this cause,” he says.

In addition to the pastor sharing some of the harvest from his own garden, Compassion's church partner provided food parcels to over 90 families. To promote long-term food sustainability, they also distributed fruit and vegetable seedlings so families could grow their own food. Each week, children and parents join the pastor on his farm to learn effective farming methods.

“I planted watermelon, beans, maize and potatoes from the seedlings that Pastor gave us," says Victoria, who is part of the Child Sponsorship Program. "I learned to plant my own food and fertilize it as well.”

Once the community's nutrition needs were met, the 54-year-old pastor and his ministry team supported them spiritually, even while the church's doors remained closed. They encouraged families by visiting homes, interceding and making phone calls.

Cyrus believes that when the doors of the church reopen, they will be more connected to the community than ever before. “I have seen God at work all my life, but even more during this pandemic. He has opened doors for ministry,” he says.

How can I pray for Uganda?

Pray for pastors, staff and volunteers as they work tirelessly and sacrificially to serve those suffering from COVID-19 in their communities. For more prayer resources, visit Compassion’s COVID-19 prayer page for prayer guides and a virtual prayer wall.

How Can I Help?

Sponsor a Child in Uganda
Give to Compassion’s COVID-19 Relief Fund
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