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June 23

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COVID-19 Update: How we’re Protecting Children in Uganda

It is an extraordinary time. Our nation and the world are gripped by a crisis that brings with it not only illness but anxiety and uncertainty. It also shines a light on heroes willing to step up and help others. I want to express my gratitude to you for the support of St. Mugagga Boys’ Home during this time.

I also want you to know what we are doing in the face of the pandemic. We are taking extraordinary actions to do everything reasonably possible to protect those we serve.

We often talk about our calling of serving the most vulnerable children in our society.

Just as the situation globally continues to evolve, so our team is adapting plans and precautions daily.

Here are some of the most important actions we have taken:

  • The Ugandan government closed schools and travel. These steps impacted our work.
  • To date, we have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in any of our buildings – either children or staff.
  • All buildings are closed to outside visitors, and our staff to get screened for symptoms.
  • We are taking measures to align with local government restrictions.
  • We have stopped all short-term trips and missions.
  • Preparations are underway for emergency provisions for our children and their families.
  • Reinforcing instructions, training our children, and our team on the importance of frequent handwashing with soap, water and use of sanitizers.
  •  We are encouraging children and staff to wear face masks as well as not touching their faces with dirty hands.

We continue monitoring the situation and adapting as needed. Our staff has done a tremendous job in communicating both internally and externally with those we serve.

During this season of concern, I ask one favour from you to remember our children and our staff in your prayers. We have the responsibility to care over so many vulnerable lives, please lift us to the Lord for strength, courage, and sustained energy to respond to this crisis.


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