A Very Special Visit
31 August 2023 15:33
We were delighted to host a team from our long-term partner Edesia in Uganda this week! Edesia is a non-profit that we have been partnering with since 2017, to provide Plumpy’Nut and Plumpy’Sup (specialized foods to target malnutrition) in refugee settlements across the country. Thanks to this partnership, we have been able to help the UNHCR fill critical supply gaps, ultimately providing over 6,500 children with life-saving nutritional support.
We were so grateful to the team of 7, who traveled all the way from the US to visit our projects and see the incredible impact of our partnership. As well as seeing our work in the north of Uganda, we visited Nakivale – a refugee settlement in the south of the country that is home to over 175,000 people of several nationalities. It is the world’s eighth-largest refugee camp, and continues to grow: since the closure of a transit camp in nearby Kisoro in October 2022, 30,000 people from the Democratic Republic of Congo have arrived in the settlement, fleeing fighting linked to the resurgence of the M23 armed group. Despite the huge influx of people into the settlement, very few extra resources or infrastructure have been provided – and this, combined with recent ration cuts, means that thousands of people are living without the basics they need to live a dignified, healthy life.
Thanks to our collaboration with Edesia, we have been able to provide Plumpy’Nut to thousands of children in Nakivale, and as our support becomes more needed than ever, we are incredibly grateful for their continued partnership.