No traveling, no movement, no visiting, it feels like the world is ending. I spent a month worrying about the global situation caused by coronavirus. I was so worried about getting the coronavirus, losing my job and dealing with online classes. I didn’t know that there are people out there who are struggling with the coronavirus and hunger as well.
Two weeks ago, I communicated to one of the people in the refugee’s camps in Uganda and he told me that the UN has reduced the amount of food they are giving, and people are starving to death. I confirmed his statement with some of my friends who are working at the UN and I got the same information. The reason why the UN decided to reduce the food amount is due to the lockdown caused by the coronavirus. During my evening prayers, I asked God to intervene. It is not easy to be troubled by coronavirus and hunger at the same time. The next day, I shared the information with my Daddy, Chris Hurley, and he gave $5000 for food for the people in the Refugees camp. I send the money to Richard Abe, the young man who is taking care of my girls in Arua Uganda. Richard lives 3hours away from the refugee’s camp. Due to the Easter season, the money took a little while to get to that side.
As Richard was waiting for the money to get to his bank account, he had to look for food suppliers and negotiate prices with them. He also went ahead and got trucks ready to transport the food from Aura town to the refugee’s camps. As far as rules are concerned, Richard Abe can not just show up with food in the camp. There are steps to follow. I had to contact the camp leaders, the UN representatives, the office of the Prime Minister to get permission to give food to the people. We got the permission granted and Richard got women involved in the food distribution process.
The assumed number of family members per household is 8 people but there are families which have more than 8 people. African families are extended families. The $5000 bought 225 bags of 25kg of maize flour which is equivalent to 5625kg and 1125kgs of beans. This food served more than 1800people.
I’m so excited that the food is delivered and disturbed successfully. Brothers and sisters, this is the tough time that we need one another. Helping someone in this difficult time means a lot. Let us support one another to make it through this devastating moment.