Dear friends and supporters of CRESS
I wanted to update you on the situation in northern Uganda with the South Sudanese refugees that CRESS is supporting.
Across Africa cases of Coronavirus or Covid19 are currently relatively low except in South Africa and countries such as Algeria. However, the consequences if the virus was top take hold across the continent could be disastrous. The focus of the health authorities, including the World Health Organisation (WHO), is currently on prevention. Some nations have imposed travel bans and some have closed schools.
The support we are providing to refugees, such as learning how to grow food crops, aims to reduce hunger and help families become healthier and stronger. It is this that is desperately needed in northern Uganda. But in the short term, we are also taking extra steps to try to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the people we serve. Working with the Diocese of Liwolo and Bishop Joseph, we are carefully monitoring the situation.
We are also aiming to provide additional protective clothing and equipment to staff working at our clinic, as this is where any cases of Coronavirus would be likely to present. Through our ongoing work with refugee communities, we are able to advise people of the symptoms of Coronavirus and what to do if they, or a family member, falls ill. We are educating the people about the importance of handwashing to protect themselves and their loved ones from the virus.
Please pray with us
- Please pray for the continent of Africa and it’s protection from outbreaks of Coronavirus
- Pray for the CRESS staff in Uganda, that they remain well and can support the South Sudanese refugees
- Pray for the men, women and children we serve – for the Lord’s protection of them at this time of additional vulnerability.
I will, of course, update you in the weeks to come. In the meantime, my prayers are with you, your loved ones and your communities.
May God bless you and keep youIf you would like to donate towards our Coronovirus prevention work please donate HERE