KAMPALA —Pay TV service provider , StartTimes and five leading Chinese TV companies on Friday October 18, donated branded school bags, books, pens, bands and decoders to Crane Educational Centre, a school in the slums of Wakaliga.
The donations were handed over as officials visited the children and the school founder Mr. Isaac Godfrey Geoffrey Nabwana of Wakaliwood of Ramon Film Productions.
Nabwana started this school in his community in 2003 with the intention of providing orphans with an opportunity to education and also assist to support children whose parents cannot afford to raise school fees or buy school requirements.
It has classes from nursery to primary seven and a student population of about 375 children.
The Chinese film companies specifically chose this school due to the fact that the founder’s Wakaliwood films have made global news and attracted them to everything he does.
They are interested in growing a stronger partnership with Uganda and share their content with the industry and also impact growth in the production of martial arts drama films.
Mr. Nabwana, the school director, was impressed with the gesture and thanked StarTimes for helping address the needs of students.
He said the donations from StarTimes will improve the general welfare of children.
“The Chinese chose my school because it is well known for promoting the Chinese culture especially through Kung Fu training both at school and in the community,” he said.
During the event, some of the students put up an impressive Kung Fu performance for the guests.
While addressing the school, the Chinese donors expressed their appreciation to the school management for their endeavor of promoting Chinese culture in Uganda.
The production companies from China were: Shanghai Linmon Pictures Co. Ltd led by Su Xiao, Daylight Entertainment Co. Ltd led by House Hongliang, National Radio and TV Administration led by Zhu Zhengwen, Hangzhou Jiaping Pictures Co. Ltd led by Wu Jiaping and Ciwen Media Group Co. Ltd led by Wei Lina.
The StarTimes PR Manager Cleopatra Koheirwe said she hopes to see the donated educational materials impact upon pupils in the area and to help them excel in their academics.
“Seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces makes us happy too. Isaac [Nabwana] is doing something positive for his community and we believe that our support encourages and motivates him to soar on,” she said adding that “we do our best to contribute to the development of society.”
To conclude the visit, the children were treated to a cartoon viewing much to their joy.