Dear friends Despite our recent anticipation of a relaxation of the lockdowns, Uganda's president this week ordered a surprising extension of the school closure until at least the end of 2020 - against recommendations from his own ministers. Although Uganda's infection rate is minimal, the lockdowns are creating a
Dear Friends Is after the crisis before the next crisis? Probably. Because while Uganda is planning a relaxation of the lockdowns, a wave of hardship affects countless families. Children are particularly hard hit. Students want to go back to school. But most families have lost jobs, income and savings.
Dear friends While the lockdowns are decimating Africa's economies without a safety net, its people are strong. For their attitude is often based on a deep sense of trust. It provides an everyday-meaning to “Yes, I can”. And it is a source of recovery and resilience. An invaluable advantage
Dear friends As the global lockdowns are easing, Uganda will hopefully follow. Thankfully, nobody has died so far from Covid-19 – at least officially - in Uganda. But the price of the lockdown has been devastating for many. Large parts of the economy collapsed. Many people slipped from poverty
Dear friends Aristotle considered the youth of his time irresponsible, without manners and horrible to look at. Clearly, it always took a special effort for members of all generations to respect, honor and support each other. Creating communities is no walk in the park. Things can be difficult. But
Dear friends This week brought bad news. Uganda's president announced an unexpected extension of the closure of all schools and the continuation of lockdowns for many. We, too, have no choice but to continue the quarantine for another four weeks. Fortunately, we have not had any significant illnesses, so
Dear friends Kids of Africa's continues to live in quarantine - as does the whole of Uganda. Even if our kids miss a lot: they are neither alone nor desperate. After ten weeks, they learn what counts. They discover new treasures every day - most of them within themselves.
Dear friends Adversity can strengthen us. William Henley (1849-1903) expressed this in his timeless poem "Invictus", which Nelson Mandela recited daily: "I am the master of my fate - I am the captain of my soul". After almost 10 weeks of isolation, our children also learn that their strength
Togetherness, an appreciation, by Lilian, 15 At first in Africa, it was just a rumor. But suddenly it became reality as more and more African countries reported the first corona virus cases. The WHO declared an international emergency - but before I go on reporting, I'd like