COVID-19: USAID, partners donate $10m in Uganda
By NEW VISION, Added 15th August 2020
The initial cash donation took place during the launch of Lira city last week on Thursday where about 10,000 people from three parishes will receive sh100, 000 each, for the next three months.
GiveDirectly, a non-governmental organization (NGO) in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has donated $10m (about sh36.7b) towards fighting COVID-19.
The donation, according to GiveDirectly country Director Michael Kayemba, is aimed at supporting the less fortunate who are affected by COVID-19.
Kayemba said GiveDirectly decided to give the donation to create an enabling environment with equal opportunity for all in Lira.
Also, GiveDirectly is set to donate cash to alleviate those living in dire poverty during this pandemic of COVID- 19 in Mbale, Moroto, Gulu, Kabale and Mbarara districts.
“In a situation like COVID-19, people need aid that is fast, efficient and requires no- in person contact. Before COVID-19, many families were already facing difficult conditions. The pandemic is exposing these existing vulnerabilities. Direct transfers can have a rapid profound impact in this time of crisis,” Kayemba said.
Chris Krafft Charge d’Affaires from the US Embassy in Kampala, said the support will help up to 12,000 Ugandans, including residents of Lira city.
“My primary purposes here in Lira today however, is to represent the United States government in launching an important case relief activity through USAID’s partner, GiveDirectly, in partnership with the ministry for local government.
As a result of necessary restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, many people are suffering, having lost the ability to earn a living and support their families,” Krafft said.
Krafft added that GiveDirectly is implementing the project geared towards improving socio- economic status of most vulnerable persons.
Krafft said the cash launch will address the problems communities in Lira are facing adding that 120,000 people will benefit.
During the launch of Lira city on Thursday last week, Krafft noted that the government of the United States of America is committed to supporting Uganda to fight COVID-19.
“In Uganda, we are investing more than $36m and working hand- in- hand with our long-standing partners to do what we can to minimise the impact of COVID-19 and help affected households navigate these difficult times,” Krafft said.
According to a press release, the initial cash donation took place during the launch of Lira city last week on Thursday where about 10,000 people from three parishes will receive sh100,000 each, for the next three months.
At the launch of Lira city, minister of local government Raphael Magyezi applauded GiveDirectly and USAID for the donation to the vulnerable people.
“This grant comes at an important moment for vulnerable Ugandans in newly created cities who are especially struggling.We are proud to partner with GiveDirectly and USAID in the design of a truly innovative programme that will both support Uganda livelihoods now and build economic resilience in the long-term,” Magyezi
—— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: August 23, 2020 at 05:14PM