We are all facing unprecedented times, it is important we stay home, respect the lockdown but not forget our neighbors. As is often the case, the crisis will likely disproportionately affect the most vulnerable and those with the fewest resources to protect themselves. As the number of Covid-19 cases across the African continent continue to rise dramatically, institutions that serve some of the most vulnerable families will come under ever-increasing strain. If the virus continues to spread at this rate, the lives of thousands of families could be at risk disrupting food security, employment, housing, health services, and other essential needs.
However, as the COVID-19 cases in Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi have increased, the governments have adopted newer and stricter measures to mitigate the exposure, including:
- Citizens practicing social distancing.
- The suspension of all commercial flights to and from, indefinite suspension of domestic travel between cities and districts. Borders between countries are closed.
- The closing of all non-essential businesses.
- The encouraging of citizens and legal residents to use mobile money and online banking whenever possible to limit the transfer of paper money.
- Rwanda, Uganda, DRC, Kenya are in lockdown, Burundi is still doing business but with strong measures. Non-essential movement outside the home are not permitted in Rwanda, Uganda and DRC.
The effects of Covid-19 and the resultant lockdowns and quarantines have had drastic effects on many people in above countries and have instilled a sense of fear. Fear of losing jobs, education, housing, food, and most of all fear of losing loved ones. The government of Rwanda, Uganda have formulated a social protective plan for delivery of free food to vulnerable families. The African Great Lakes Initiative (AGLI) is joining Africa partners and raising funds to create and send essential needs like food, soap, hands sanitizer and water to help vulnerable families through this time lockdown.
The cases are increasing and days will be extended. We have had over 10,000 cases of people dying by Covid-19, but soon people will die from hunger because most people in Africa survive by daily work or income, which means being paid daily to buy food. In Rwanda and in Uganda, the two governments are giving free food for poor families, recently, the Rwanda government declared that April salaries for all government leaders will go to support poor people who lost their daily jobs. AGLI partners in Africa are alarming for this emergency need for poor people in Africa. There is a huge need for this appeal.
As COVID-19 continues to spread, the future has never felt so unpredictable. These are challenging times for us all, and we hope you’re in good spirits and health! Right now, we’re doing everything possible to sustain daily operations and provide services to our community. While there’s a lot of uncertainty, we know that we need to adapt fast to our changing reality. Now, more than ever, our community needs us. And we need you.
In this Covid-19 appeal we are asking donors to contribute $20,000 towards the emergency needs of fellow Africans by focusing on the most vulnerable in Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, DRC and Uganda.
You can send a check to the following address: 1001 Park Ave. Saint Louis, MO 63104-3720, (314)588-1122 or donate online. If you donate online, be sure to indicate on the memo line which is AGLI Covid-19.
Thank you for your consideration.
African Great Lakes Initiative Coordinator