For the marginalised and vulnerable people we support in Kenya and Uganda, it was not the COVID-19 virus itself that’s caused the most problems; it was the lockdowns and other mitigation measures governments put in place. In Uganda, children were out of school for almost 2 years, while in Kenya schools were closed for over 9 months. As schools re-opened, enrolment levels were low due to a number of factors, one being a stark increase in teen pregnancies and gender-based violence during the lockdown. Parents lost jobs, the price of food went up, and many families slipped back into a traditional way of living in which the girl child is married off or sent to work. Her role being limited to domestic duties, denying her the opportunity to go to school and be a child.
All funds raised by Team Aidlink will go toward supporting Aidlink protect women and girls in East Africa, help them overcome challenges to gender equality and empower them become leaders of their own development.