Last Sunday 6th June, Uganda's President re-imposed a strict lockdown that includes the closure of all schools, bans on travel, the shutdown of weekly open markets, and the suspension of church services for 42 days, with the possibility of an extension. With the rate of COVID-19 victims higher than they were in 2020, hospitals short on medical supplies, and vaccinations unavailible, our friends in Uganda have difficult days before them.

Our students met this news with complete and utter despair. Students at our residential school, devastated by the news, packed up their belongings and had to go and find somewhere to stay. The feeling of hope being ripped out from under them, students stacked their belongings on the back of boda bodas, cars or even walked to return home, expressing feelings of fear and uncertainty about when they will be back.
Our staff put on brave faces as they consoled students, all while facing their own fears of of this lockdown for them and their families.

While we pray that the lockdown will be successful in subsiding the number of new COVID-19 cases, the restrictions will setback an already fragile economic recovery from the blow inflicted by last year's lockdown. COVID-19 has widened the inequality gap, and the social, economic and health impacts of the pandemic will reverberate for years to come, especially in communities where high levels of poverty were present pre-pandemic, as is in Ngora and surrounding districts. 

The coming days are a critical moment to save lives. While the UK is looking at the pandemic in the rearview mirror, we ask that you stay engaged with the status in Uganda as we respond to the increasing threat. This pandemic has been a shared challenge across the world, and even though restrictions are lifting in the UK, many parts of the world are still in desperate need of global solidarity as they continue to fight. 

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