Rosemary Khamati and Adjumani, Uganda
Like the rest of the world, plans have been halted and life is challenging in Adjumani, Uganda. School has been cancelled for the children, as well as the Trauma Healing and Peace Building Training for the adults, and the Empowerment Training for the women. In addition, our Global Partner who leads PEACE International in Adjumani, Rosemary Khamati, who doesn’t live in Adjumani, can’t even travel to be with “her” people. The cost of food and other basic items are now three times higher and if COVID lockdowns continue and the locust infestation in East Africa worsens, food shortages could become acute.
- The school closings and reduced food rations have caused some children to backslide into some former bad patterns of behavior like fighting and stealing, but God worked through Fellowship to provide 287 families with food for two months. This caused the fighting and stealing to immediately cease.
- So far, there has not been a single case of COVID-19 in the Olua refugee center!
- Thanks to additional gifts to the ministry, the construction of a new Women’s Center for training in job skills has been completed.
- Downtime for the teachers is being used for re-training.
- The war refugees are learning to take care of themselves. First, they united to quarantine a newcomer from South Sudan. They are also asking for washing equipment and soap and sanitizers. These are huge steps for victims of trauma.
- Protection against COVID-19
- Provision of food
- For the teachers to remain positive and be ready to start when school reopens
- That the PEACE staff would be encouraged and not lose heart while they struggle to provide basic needs for the refugee families
The joy of the Olua families to receive two months’ worth of food using money donated by Fellowship reminds us of the importance of “Less under Our Tree is More for the World.”