Updated: Sep 15, 2020

The impact of COVID 19 is being felt world over. Even if you’re living in a country currently not in lockdown mode, your daily habits have changed. Social distancing, Regular hand washing, and wearing of face-masks.

There are currently 4,101 confirmed cases of COVID19 in Uganda. Our government tests between 2,500 and 3,000 people each day.  Since our borders have been closed to foreign travelers for over 20 weeks, a shrinking demographic tested are cargo truck drivers coming in from other East African countries. We’re also testing and quarantining all repatriating Ugandans, coming home after a long few months trapped abroad. The largest groups currently being tested are health care workers, contacts of current virus patients, and people from the greater community. Contact tracing is ongoing, with everyone placed in quarantine for 2 weeks. All positive cases are treated in hospital.

Right now there is community transmission of COVID19 in Uganda in a number of districts, including the metropolitan Kampala area and Northern Uganda. There is also significant community transmission in Kenya, Tanzania, and South Sudan. Cargo drivers hailing from those countries that test positive for COVID19 at our border points are handed over to their home countries for treatment. Infected Ugandan drivers are placed in immediate quarantine and treated, alongside any Ugandan contacts. All returning Ugandans are also placed in institutional quarantine for 2 weeks. Our parliament is discussing a possible return to lockdown conditions.

The Ugandan government is aggressively and proactively protecting our people through travel restrictions and wide-ranging, community-based hygiene programs. Limited food aid has been provided by government. It’s now mandatory to wear face masks when out and about.

And we at Volunteer Action Network are fully behind all its efforts.

Volunteer Action Network together with our partners have been involved with District Task Forces and supporting the hard hit community with food relief mainly to vulnerable groups such as the elderly and disabled persons. We have also supported District Task forces with hand sanitizers and PPEs, We have in a special way supported women in quarantine centers with sanitary pads.

Volunteer Action Network had earlier on postponed all programs until of recent 15th August 2020. We evaluated the impact and effects that came along with the lock down. This has resulted into business collapse making the source of livelihood for the communities to risk for their survival. Besides many obstacles, we are smartly confronting the fear by providing the needed information about measures but at the same time support women to slowly reopen and restock their business which is their only source of livelihood, the only sustainable empowerment communities can have. Learn more about our COVID RESPONSE

Thank you for Supporting our efforts in Uganda which are more important than ever before, we remain dedicated to providing uninterrupted assistance to disadvantaged women and families, and your gifts help us continue fulfilling our mission. To assist us in this time of crisis, please visit our https://www.vacnetwork.org/donate

Be safe and stay well.

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As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic more than 200 women have been forced to close their small business. causing severe lack of essential needs including food and health care for children.

Women will need our support to re-open their business and attend to all shocks caused by the pandemic, they will have to adapt and learn so quickly to leave with the new normal.

We are committed to offer all possible support but we cannot do it without you. #microloans #aftercovid19 #restartbusiness #womenempowerment #sustainableempowerment #resilientwomen

Help us raise $10,000 to enable us to support women to re-open and restock their business $50 can help a woman to re-stock her business and get back to her journey of escaping poverty. Donate today at globalgiving.org/39548

Thank you may you consider sharing our appeal to your friends today!

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Updated: Jul 5, 2020

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.

Your donation today can make a lot more and uplift a lot of lives DONATE NOW

Please follow guidelines and Stay Safe!


Bukenya Muusa

Program Director

Volunteer Action Network

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Toll-Free  0800 900 444

Email: info@vacnetwork.org

Website: www.vacnetwork.org

Find US:

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

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