Cases of COVID-19 have been on the rise in Uganda, resulting in a lockdown that is an economic strain on the communities there. Relief came in the form of Paraclete partner Rukungiri Umbrella Farmers Organization (RUFO) handing out emergency supplies and food to hundreds of the most vulnerable residents and to first responders.
“The project has impacted and it has really helped a lot to the people affected by the total lockdown,” said Pastor Eshima Milton. “The communities are celebrating and very happy and excited for the support.”
One thing that made a strong impact on the distribution of food was that the RUFO didn’t give to only its own members, but to anyone in need, Milton said.
“Here churches support their own members only but we have supported not basing from the religion but everybody,” Milton said.
First responders often care for gardens on the side, which provides their family’s food supply. But the pandemic has increased community needs and their work demands, making it difficult to cover for their own needs. And with limited transportation, fresh food can be difficult to find, reported Paraclete associate Bruce Smith.
“The lockdown affects all schools, churches, local open markets, many street businesses and restricts travel,” Smith said.
RUFO launched Bible translation in the Rufumbira language in partnership with Paraclete this year. They plan to hold a translation training workshop for five more languages to begin Bible translation as soon as lockdown is over.
LEARN MORE about Paraclete associate Bruce Smith’s ministry here.