Refugees’ food aid cut to 1 meal a day in Uganda. Help them survive with livelihood projects.

Update posted by Maggie Amony On Sep 24, 2020

“GRG’s Livelihoods program has helped us through a tough year. 2020 will remain unforgettable in my life, as so many things have happened within a very short period of time. At the beginning of the year, we encountered looting of our animals, a locust invasion in the northern region that destroyed our crops, and later COVID-19 broke out.

GRG supported us remotely through the lockdown, encouraging us to plant many crops and we were very diligent. But heavy rains came like never before and washed away all our crops. Despite our best efforts, there is a very real threat of famine now, which is out of our hands.

GRG has been the only organization to support us throughout COVID-19 and we are so grateful for their efforts. They bring us hope and empowerment during a time where we have little control over our livelihoods. Now that they have been able to travel to us once again, I am hopeful that, together, we can begin to restore our livelihoods once again.”

Narrated by a former child soldier from a refugee-hosting community in Lamwo District, northern Uganda.

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Update posted by Maggie Amony On Sep 18, 2020

“GRG’s program has supported many women survivors of war, like me, to provide for their families on their own. But recently it has been very tough and often I feel like running away.

My husband was killed by rebels in South Sudan, so I traveled to Uganda alone with my children to seek safety from the conflict. I was receiving support from GRG before COVID-19 and beginning to feel more independent, but then it became difficult to even feed my family. Lockdown measures meant that GRG could not travel to us, and the rations we receive every month are not enough. As a single mother, I have very limited access to land for cultivation, but the land is so little anyway that violent conflicts have been breaking out nearby. It is a very uncertain time.

Now that lockdown is lifting, I feel optimistic because GRG has reached us again. They have given counselling sessions to me and my children and brought okra and cow pea seeds to supplement the rations. I feel hopeful that, with GRG’s dedicated support, I will soon be able to provide for my family again.”

Narrated by a single refugee mother in Palabek Settlement, Lamwo District, northern Uganda.

[Names and photos have been changed for privacy reasons].

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Update posted by Maggie Amony On Sep 14, 2020

Since your donations helped us to reach our original target of $3,000, we are now increasing our target to $4,000! With this extra support, we can provide essential livelihoods assistance to particularly vulnerable refugee families.

Many children arrive at Palabek without parents or caregivers, often due to losing their families during the war or on the journey to find safety in Uganda. Ojok is just 14, living alone with his two younger siblings.

“It has been very difficult to cope with life in the refugee settlement recently without guidance from an adult. I have to take the responsibility that both of my parents held. This is even harder with the limited food aid we are receiving. Usually, we depend on just one meal a day and it is finished before the end of the month. That leaves us with just one option, which is to beg from other people. This is demeaning and has not been sustainable at all. I am so thankful for GRG’s counselling and agricultural support, which has lifted my daily burdens so that I have the time and energy to succeed at other opportunities for survival, such as planting vegetables in the backyard to supplement the food aid. This has greatly supported my siblings and I.”

Narrated by a refugee child who supports his family alone in Palabek Settlement, Lamwo District, northern Uganda.

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[Names and faces have been changed for privacy and safeguarding reasons].

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Update posted by Maggie Amony On Sep 09, 2020

Thank you for your recent generous support! We have now reached our original target of $3,000! You, and others like you, have ensured that GRG can provide:

  • 39 bunches of vitamin-rich sweet potato vines to 195 refugees
  • A livelihood package of; 12 goats + goat rearing training, 48 kg of tomatoes and pumpkin seeds to 60 refugees
  • 11 goats to 55 refugees
  • 184 kg of okra seeds to 920 refugees

In total, you have supported 1,230 refugees! We can't wait to keep you in the loop with the impact of your donations and what we can achieve with our new target of $4,000. Thank you so much!

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