KAABONG —The Uganda Red Cross has helped prevent nearly 1000 families from slipping into severe food insecurity in drought-ravaged Kaabong.
With support from the Belgian Red Cross Flanders, the Uganda Red Cross on Thursday, December 2021 supported over 950 drought-affected families spread across Kaabong sub counties including Loyoro, Kaabong East and Lodiko.
Uganda Red Cross Spokesperson, Irene Nakasiita said each family received UGX. 100,000/ in cash
“As a way of ensuring proper dignity and choice, we chose to give cash assistance so that families can buy food of their choice,” Nakasiita explained.
She added: “PostBank was contracted to deliver physical cash because many people do not have mobile phones.
We also wanted to avoid anomalies that come with mobile money transfers such as wrong recieptients, system break down among others.”
She also explained that
Uganda RedCross worked with District Disaster Management Committee to identify the beneficiaries.
Some of the beneficiary groups includedlactating mothers, the elderly, orphans and child headed homes, pregnant mothers, among others.
Meri Jino Born, LC5 Chairman said the support was timely.
“This has come in very timely since this year we have not had any harvests. We will monitor families to ensure that they use the money in the best way possible. Many people are hungry and starving. We call upon other development partners to do like what the Uganda Redcross has done and come to our rescue,” Meri added.
The crisis in North eastern Uganda is largely driven by prolonged drought, but is also influenced by underlying poverty and poor preparedness for these kinds of predictable and cyclical emergencies.