The threat of Covid-19 in Uganda
There are over 750 confirmed cases of Covid-19 now in Uganda. Testing capabilities are limited, and it is feared that the real number of positive cases is far higher.
While Covid-19 is present in the Gulu region in northern Uganda, thankfully no cases have yet been reported in the community where Patrica and Evelyn’s family live.
Patricia entered third class in school last February, with Trócaire providing support for school fees and books. Yet she and her siblings have been helping with house and farm work since schools closed in March due to the pandemic.
Evelyn said: “It used to be a challenge for me to raise money for these things. I could raise little by little, but sometimes it still was not enough and my children used to be sent back home from school. Trócaire and ARLPI rescued me. It’s a fortune for my entire life.”
Evelyn is praying that the people of Ireland are safe during the pandemic. Speaking to Trócaire staff recently, she said: “I pray that God protects them and their families during this Coronavirus pandemic”.
Patricia was one of 46,000 Ugandans to receive direct support last year from Trócaire thanks to your generous donations.
How to return your Trócaire box donation
This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, people have been unable to return their Trócaire boxes. Schools and parishes are closed, leaving tens of thousands of Trócaire boxes sitting in homes all over Ireland.
Unless we receive the donations from those boxes we won’t be able to carry out our life-saving work with families like Patricia’s. Our programmes will be under-funded. Some will have to close for good. This will be devastating for people who rely on our programmes for their daily survival.
That is why we are urgently appealing for your Trócaire box donation.
Please count or estimate what is in your box and donate today.
You can donate online or by phoning:
1850 408 408 (Republic of Ireland)
0800 912 1200 (Northern Ireland).