Last week ended on a happy note for select families in Kamwokya a suburb in Kampala where the Ashlei Watson Foundation with support from the Miss Uganda Foundation carried out a basic needs provision to over 20 families of single mothers that have been left with little or nothing to eat in this lockdown.
The basic needs provided by the Ashlei Watson Foundation were initially meant to cater to six families but ended up extending a hand to over 20 families.
Some of the items provided to the families were basic home supplies and food.
The COVID-19 mandatory lockdown in Uganda has left many families especially those headed by single mothers, suffering to get something to eat since many of the livelihoods of most people are shut down as per the Presidential directives on combating the novel coronavirus.
Some of the single mothers that benefited from this drive greatly thanked the Ashlei Watson Foundation for looking out for them during these hard times.
“I am a single mother of two children. I lost my third one recently and with this pandemic am a grieving mother. I also take care of my three sisters and who have two children. We all live together in my little home. I have been working in a school as a cleaner and since the school closed I have not been working and I had to start up a small business but still because of curfew during this pandemic, the business has failed to sustain us, for me I am really stranded, I don’t have what to feed my family most of the time so I am happy to know that I qualify to be a recipient of the basic necessities provided by the Ashlei Watson Foundation to help me through this tough time during the lockdown,” said Katusiime Mariam, one of the beneficiaries.
The Ashlei Watson Foundation was started by beauty queen Ashlei Watson and is looking to support single mothers and youth economically in Uganda among other things.
Ashlei Watson is set to represent Uganda at the Miss Global beauty pageant world finale happening in Bali, Indonesia from August 30th to September 13th this year. This comes after she won the Miss Global Uganda 2021 crown.
The 27-year-old American model who was born and raised in New York is representing Uganda after adopting it as her country of heritage.