BUDUDA – MTN foundation and Uganda Red cross have donated non-food relief items to the victims of the recent landslides which left hundreds of survivors with no shelter, food, clothing and other necessities.
The landslides that occurred last week left 6 dead while over 80 households were washed away.
Hon. Godfrey Warenga, who is the Lutsehe county area Member of Parliament, lauded MTN in his speech as the guest of honour at the event.
He said many of the Bududa landslide victims were left with nothing.
“We thank MTN for being our trusted friends. Six died but many managed to escape, thanks to early warning signs that Uganda Red cross provided,” Warenga remarked.
Mr. Nasoso Ephobia a landslide victim says he lost his child in the landslides as they ran out of the house.
“The house was also swept away; sadly my child was buried in the mud. I feel good that you have come to support us,” Nasoso narrated his ordeal.
According to Mr. Ibrahim Ssenyonga the Relief Officer at Uganda Red Cross (URC), they have trained over ten thousand volunteers within the Elgon region to help in averting future calamities of such magnitude.
MTN’s Corporate Services General Manager, Ms. Enid Edroma revealed that MTN supported the relief efforts of the Uganda Red cross in Bududa as temporary sustenance to the victims.
“We understand that is such a trying time for you. We, however, hope that this little support we have rendered will offer you some comfort.”
In 2012, MTN foundation contributed Ushs50million towards the re-settlement efforts for victims of the landslide in Bududa, Eastern Uganda and also in 2018, Shs50m was contributed by the telecom’s foundation to the Uganda Red Cross drive to raise Shs.1.2bn to help the people of Bukalasi Subcounty, Bududa District that were severely affected by the recurring landslides.
The MTN Uganda Foundation is a non-profit entity that was inaugurated in July 2007 as a vehicle through which MTN Uganda implements its Corporate Social Investments (CSI).
The main objective of the foundation is to improve the quality of life in communities across the country by supporting and implementing sustainable projects in education, health, art and sciences, sports and other national priorities.