We also work with Community Development Networks and Local Councillors to monitor the families that are further out and therefore more difficult to visit. We continue to support them with food packages, hygiene, and health supplies, as well as supporting them to build a sustainable income where we can.
2. How are you collaborating with Government bodies?
We are collaborating with the Local Government by calling them for updates, sharing reports with them on WhatsApp, and reporting all child protection cases. We also share our plans for all activities that we intend to implement in the district and communities.
In return, we are updated on what’s going on within the district including information on the district COVID19 statistics and emerging issues and effects of the lockdown on vulnerable families.
Our team is in regular contact with the Community Development Officers in the various sub-counties, including Nkozi and Muduuma sub-counties, who keep us updated. We are also continuously speaking to the Probation and Social Welfare Officer who keeps us updated with information from the district task force meetings and which information we use to adapting our work. The Probation and Social Welfare Officer guides us on what is feasible. Maintaining contact with the Government enables us to streamline our responses in line with theirs.
3. How are you collaborating with community volunteers?
Our network of Community Volunteers has been crucial during this period. Through them, we can continue with our work and support families to which we would otherwise not have access due to the ongoing 42-day lockdown.
We are collaborating with them by calling them often to encourage them to continue
monitoring families and report all family-related cases. We also call them and appreciate the work they do, support them in handling cases that are minor, and report serious
concerns to the Local Councillors.
We encourage them to continue holding their regular meetings but in smaller groups while following the standard operating procedures. If we are not able to hold physical meetings we resort to phone case conferencing. In addition, we sensitise them on home visiting protocols in line with government guidance as it is important to visit some of the families.
4. What impact have the community volunteers made in helping support families?
Community volunteers have shown commitment in the work they do by continuing to
visit, monitor and support families. Some have supported families with their food and
They have made a positive impact in supporting families by reporting all the concerns
and cases in the community of the most vulnerable families and children. Since the CVs
are within the vicinity of these families, they have access and can intervene where there
are child protection concerns within the families.
They have trained and supported families to improve their parenting skills during the
lockdown. We have heard from some families and caregivers who have expressed their
appreciation of the support from the community volunteers who check on them and encourage them to take care of their children. They say that they continue to visit them and encourage them to watch their children and not let them roam around the village and to watch out for child abusers.