COVID-19 Samuel's Story

In the face of the COVID-19 crisis our ministry partners are continuing to show God’s love to the outcast and forgotten in their communities.

The most vulnerable like Samuel.

Samuel is currently under lockdown with his father and two sisters in their mud brick home just outside of Mbale, Uganda.

Like most families in rural Uganda, Samuel’s family was already living hand-to-mouth before the COVID-19 crisis. As a result of lockdown most day labourers, like Samuel’s father, can’t work. The closure of borders and restricted movement between districts has also led to dramatic shortages and skyrocketing prices of food and other essentials. All of this means there are genuine concerns for the survival of families like Samuel’s in rural Uganda.

All of this comes as Samuel and his family were just beginning to take their first steps out of poverty.

Five years earlier, Samuel’s family was devastated by the death of his mother. In addition to the emotional trauma, losing her income, from selling vegetables at a local street stall, meant the family was now barely able to meet their basic needs.    

Samuel’s father worked hard labour jobs all day to put food on the table each night, but this meant the three children were forced to raise themselves at home. Samuel has always loved school, he wants to be a doctor when he grows up, but when his school found out his family could no longer pay, he was kicked out.

Determined to attend school, Samuel began attending other schools in the area until they discovered his situation and sent him away.

He was just about to lose hope when a member of his church introduced him to Christian Fellowship Ministries (CFM).  

Thanks to support from CFM’s child sponsorship program, Samuel was able to go back to school without the constant fear of being kicked out. He finally received medical care for an ongoing condition, one that he has struggled with all his life but has never been able to afford to diagnose, let alone treat. He also received counselling for the trauma of losing his mother and living in poverty.

Finally, for the first time in years, Samuel was beginning to have hope for a brighter future.   

Samuel’s story is heartbreaking, but sadly, thousands of families in rural Uganda share similar stories of hardship.

CFM has been serving these vulnerable communities and sharing Jesus’ love with them for years through educational support and evangelism. Now with COVID-19, they are just trying to ensure that these vulnerable people have a future at all.

Uganda has closed its borders and restricted movement between districts, resulting in shortages and skyrocketing prices of food and other essentials.

Most of the families in rural Uganda were already surviving hand-to-mouth and relied heavily on day labour to support their basic needs. Thousands of these families are at risk of starvation during lockdown.

Despite the lockdown, CFM has been sending food packages and essential supplies to families at risk of starvation like Samuel’s. They are also providing emotional support and COVID-19 related updates to remote families via phone.

CFM stocked up on what they could before the shortages began but they are starting to run low on food and other essential supplies. With no end to the lockdown in sight in Uganda, and prices continuing to increase, they can’t afford the supplies they need without your financial support.   

In this time of suffering and great need, will you give what you can to help those who are most at risk, the outcast and forgotten?