COVID-19 hit the world 8 months ago and ever since then, the world has been on a standstill. The pandemic caused panic in many countries, governments went into lockdown and started implementing curfews and quarantine measures to combat the spread of the disease.
By the time the pandemic came to Uganda, we at Slum Life Survival together with our partner Work For Life were on the final phase of completing the training sessions on entrepreneurship in the slum communities of Kampala. We had trainings in Katwe, Kinawataka, Namuwongo, Gaba and Acholi quarters. Further implementation was put on hold for the next 7 months.
Now with use of the COVID prevention measures, we have managed to implement the final phase which was certifying these trainees. We decided to move in small numbers to different communities, meeting different small groups and giving them their certificates. The pandemic brought a lot of anticipation on the Youth and women because they were not sure when they would get certified but now they smile.
Our next step is to organize trainings beginning in the next two months through careful thought of how to keep the communities safe during the trainings. Much as this year has forfeited all our plans, such unforeseen obstacles or threat are what cause us to make flexible plans and strategies.