With support from AVAAZ FOUNDATION, CEFROHT has offered community food emergence support to almost 5000 families who have gravely been disrupted by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The benefiting community members are families with members who as a result of the COVID19 lockdown that led to closure of businesses, restriction of movement, and loss of employment for many people, were critically malnourished, suffering with acute hunger. Many of these used to work from hand to mouth informal jobs. They exhausted their savings and capital for the businesses that sustained their lives. Majority were skipping meals, adults skipped meals and gave children a cup of porridge for lunch, going days without a meal, taking tea or porridge as one meal for the day and others malnourished because of lack of food or eating unhealthy foods like banana peelings from rubbish pits among others.
CEFROHT started food distribution through the food motorcycle community clinic, with the vulnerable families that had made request calls to the organization with local councils and women affairs. It also worked with local council leadership to identify the most vulnerable families in their respective areas, these were majorly families headed by a child or an elderly, family with persons living with HIV/AIDS, pregnant mothers, teenage mothers and children below 5 years.
In total, food relief (maize flour and beans) was distributed to 4,960 vulnerable families in the 3 districts, that is; 960 families in Mukono District, 1,800 families in Kampala District and 2,200 families in Wakiso District.
Food relief distribution according to vulnerability was as follows;
- 1,610 families with persons living with HIV/AIDS
- 1,035 families headed with elderly persons
- 122 families headed by children
- 1214 families with pregnant women
- 979 families with teenage mothers
The food relief distributed among vulnerable enabled them to regain ground. They informed CEFROHT that this relief enabled them to save some money to restart their petty businesses. This support also helped families to have meals increased from one to two meals per day and in some families from none to a meal. Families who had malnourished and sick members were given additional green vegetables and fruits to supplement on their feeding as own contribution from CEFROHT. These included the malnourished pregnant women, children and the sick.