Update on Sofiat Mutesi and her quadruplets

Update on Sofiat Mutesi

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When the SCCF-Uganda team was finally able to confirm her situation with Sofiat, they immediately visited her. They found a woman who had already lost two babies to malnutrition and her husband in an unfortunate incident. Her three newborn babies also suffered from malnutrition, and her financial situation was even worse than anticipated. The SCCF-Uganda team provided immediate relief with food and supplies, but they also knew that Sofiat needed long-term assistance. They are currently working on a plan to help Sofiat get back on her feet and provide for her family.

Ms. Mutesi said that she depends on begging food from door to door to feed large families of over 11 children plus other dependents helping her at home. Sofiat, a mother of eleven, lives in a single room with her husband and children in Katwe, one of the poorest and most densely populated Nawaikoke Village, in Uganda. Each day, she said, she begs for enough food to feed her family and the other children who live with them. “I don’t have anything to give them, so I have to beg,” she said. “I look after them as if they are my own.” Ms. Mutesi said her husband unhealthy and unable to work, so she is the sole breadwinner for the family. She said she makes about $1 a day begging, which is barely enough to buy food, let alone pay rent or school fees.

Ms. Mutesi said she had been forced to resort to begging because of the high cost of living in Uganda. She said she could not afford to send her children to school or pay for primary medical care. “I can’t even afford to buy soap,” she said. “I have to beg for everything we need.” Ms. Mutesi is just one of many Ugandans struggling to make ends meet. According to the World Bank, nearly half of Uganda’s population lives below the poverty line, and the country has one of the highest rates of income inequality in the world.

The high cost of living in Uganda is partly due to the country’s high inflation rate, which was more than 5.01 percent in 2022. The Uganda Bureau of Statistics has also found that the cost of essential items, such as food and fuel, has increased by more than 50 percent in the past year.

The high cost of living is putting a strain on families like Ms. Mutesi’s, who are struggling to get by on very little. In addition to begging, many Ugandans turn to informal jobs, such as selling goods on the street, washing clothes etc. to make ends meet. The high cost of living is also taking a toll on Uganda’s economy. The country’s GDP growth rate has slowed in recent years, and its currency, the shilling, has lost value against the US dollar.

The SCCF-Uganda team as well as Ryvanz-Mia Charity [VIDEO UPDATE] is committed to helping Sofiat and her family in any way possible. They are currently working on a plan to help her get back on her feet and provide for her family. Read more update here.

Donations are needed for Ms. Sofiat Mutesi
• Mattresses of 4inch,
• Mosquito nets, and
• blankets
• Currently, the children sleep on the floor, so bedding
• Monthly supply of food
• Soaps as well as basin for bathing and washing
• Healthcare: medical care, supplements
• Clothes and footwear
• Sponsorship and educational materials for the children to start school
• Daily renting of milk for children.
Sofiat is asking for donations to help her start an Income-generating activity such as rearing chickens, goats, and cows for milk.
If you would like to donate to the cause, please visit our donate page on the website.


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