• vacnetwork.org

Updated: Jul 5


Dear Supporters and Partners!

During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, from 18th March 2020, we focused our urgent response activities to support women, children, District Task Forces (DTFs), and communities. At the grassroots level, we work hard to curb misinformation and create awareness to help communities to understand the reality of the situation. We provided sanitizers, food relief to over 872 vulnerable families in different districts and supported District Task Forces (DTFs) of Omoro, Gulu Nwoya, and Amuru Districts. We have deepened our networking efforts and work with several clusters especially those that work for gender justice.

We are doing our best to address increasing challenges which include gender-based violence, child marriage, the collapse of small businesses, increased food insecurity, and disconnection from education. The circumstances have shifted quickly, as our main area of operation became hot spots for corona virus-positive cases in northern Uganda.

We have come to the realization that we are in this crisis for the long term. Even if a vaccine arrives soon, the crisis has already triggered lasting consequences. For VacNet, this means continuing to generate funding both for emergency responses and for long-term adaptation and recovery for both our clients and the organization. To guide us, VacNet will maintain its commitment to a few guiding principles, no matter how long this crisis lasts or what our new reality will look like. We have already experienced shortfalls in funding and this is affecting our operation including running costs. We will remain.

Responsiveness: We are committed to listening to those that we support, our partners, and checking our work by asking how we are doing – and how we can do better especially as we adapt to the new normal. We will work hard to build trust through frank and transparent communication.

Safety: During the early stages of this crisis, and as communities in Uganda and in Particular Northern Region deal with long-term consequences, women and children will face greater risks to their wellbeing. It’s critical for VacNet and our partners to be a resource to the communities that we serve and others interested in safeguarding women and children now at greater risk of exploitation and harm.

Solidarity: We will remain committed to championing the power of grassroots women and their families who share our vision and values, and we believe this moment is critical as they need our support more than before.

Flexibility: We will remain flexible and responsive to the needs of women and children. We recognize how quickly the situation in communities can change and activities need to shift. We trust our clients to determine the best ways to recover, and we believe in maximizing opportunities for local women to adapt to the challenges facing their families and communities.

Coordination and networking: We will continue to network with all stakeholders to better position our understanding and working together on common goals.

It’s very important for us to recognize the moment we are in, to support each other through it, keep safe, and to seize the opportunity. We cannot do this without you.

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Please follow guidelines and Stay Safe!

Sincerely,

Bukenya Muusa

Program Director

Volunteer Action Network

Updated: Jul 5




In Uganda the COVID-19 countrywide lockdown measures to prevent the rapid spread of the virus have disrupted food supply chains and impacted income-earning opportunities nationwide, with the urban poor worst affected due to significantly reduced access to income and dependence on market purchases. In Northern Uganda, most households have access to own-produced food, though access to income from agricultural labor opportunities has also been affected. It is expected that, even as COVID-19 prevention measures are eased, the restoration of economic activity is likely to be slow.

Our smallholder farmers in Northern Uganda are disproportionately at risk of food insecurity themselves, with low incomes and restricted movements a major reason for that. The COVID-19 Crisis has greatly affected their ability to produce food at a time when food supply should remain adequate for everyone in the region.

Hunger and malnutrition continue to be the greater enemy, which the pandemic threatens to capitalize on as the fuel for further devastation. Therefore, we have realigned our priorities to give the right to food its due prominence which is the best hope against a COVID-19 pandemic for which there exists no known antidote to date.

Our supports 102 small holder farmers thru financing their agro projects and making seeds available to enable them plant and mitigate the rooming food insecurity in the region


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As cases of COVID-19 cases increase in Uganda, the emotional, physical and mental toll is also growing. Uganda introduced mandatory lockdowns and restrictions on movements to curb the spread of COVID-19, but survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV) many found themselves trapped in their homes with their abusers. Forcing them to face more extreme forms of violence.

Because many GBV service providers are currently not physically reachable because of restrictions caused by Covid-19, this crisis provides an opportunity for us to deploy our peer counsellors who uses our Toll-free line to conduct tele counseling services and referrals with the District Task force.

“During this crisis there are more than 3000 reported cases of Gender Based Violence some have led to loss of lives. In Gulu a lone we have had 5 women and men murdered due to Gender Based Violence” Alice Peer counselor

With the spread of Covid-19, survivors are finding it hard to seek help, and are left isolated from the people and the resources that could help them. Health systems are becoming overloaded, making it more difficult for survivors to access medical, psychological and mental health care in physical spaces.

“Every day, I receive more than 30 cases that needs counseling and other services many have been stigmatized because they are suspected to be in contacts with some of unfortunate individuals confirmed and battling COVID-19” – says Prisca

Through our toll-free line hosted at Gulu Women’s Resource Center, survivors are virtually linked to service providers for support including psychosocial, legal and medical services. Service providers include FIDA, Action Aid, as well as the Uganda Police Child and Family Protection Unit.


Learn more and donate at www.vacnetwork.org

Contact US:

Office:+256392914218

Mob: +256752328735

Email: info@vacnetwork.org

Website: www.vacnetwork.org

Find US:

Plot 22, Pece School Road, P.O.Box 1341 Gulu, Uganda.

© 2020

Volunteer Action Network

Non Profit Registered in Uganda

Reg#INDR56511592NB 

File #MIA/NB/2005/04/1592

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