From time to time, MPI intervenes with systematic responses to unexpected occurrences across all fields of human welfare that often need the most attention and resources among its clients to mitigate the impact of the event on the people and the environment.
COVID 19 Response
Distribution of food parcels.
With the outbreak of the deadly COVID 19 pandemic, many other unprecedented emergencies sprung up for example malnutrition and hunger among the OVC households. This is worsened by the government’s imposition of country lockdown.
MPI in the initial phase of the lockdown carried out the distribution of food parcels and other groceries to 1189 beneficiaries in Naguru and Kireka slums of Kampala that were badly affected in this period especially due to total Lockdown.
With the COVID19 outbreak, many of our clients’ families had to face an unprecedented and completely new situation with consequent restrictive measures of quarantine and Lockdown that upset their lifestyles and daily lives. Trapped in a situation full of challenges like economic setbacks due to loss of jobs and yet they have to provide basic needs for their children who were all home due to schools’ closure, contributes to the individual’s psychological distress and state of anxiety and affects one’s mental health and motivation.
MPI uses its already established structures and relationship with its clients to help them face these fears and uncertainties and awaken their deeper knowledge and personal awareness through psychosocial support offered in counseling and dialogue sessions with MPI social workers. In these meetings, several topics on health education and family matters are discussed. The women have the opportunity to share and hear fellow women’s experiences and approaches to their problems. This journeying together generates new hope and enthusiasm to live again while rejecting reductionist ideas that may arise due to the challenges of the COVID 19 crisis. Due to the COVID 19 situation, small groups of 10- 15 women are invited to these meetings.