KAMPALA – Communities around Nsooba in Kamokya, a Kampala suburb are the beneficiaries of a donation made by Ruparelia Foundation together with its partners.
The foundation has handed over new and well-furnished sanitary facilities to Good Samaritan Primary school located in Mulago III, East Nsooba, Kamwokya, Kampala estimated to have cost Ugx 50million.
The facilities that are set to enhance hygiene in these communities were built using proceeds from the Royal Ascot Goat Races 2019 held that was held at Speke Resort Munyonyo in partnership with Tamarai investments Ltd and Ghetto Research Lab which is the project contractor.
Other funders included Tusker larger, Robbialac, Speke Resort Munyonyo, NTV Uganda, Sanyu FM and Goldstar insurance company.
The donation is part of Ruparelia Foundation mission of working to improve and promote health, education, sports, general welfare, relieve poverty, better human livelihood, support wild life and animal welfare while preserving the environment.
The Ugx 50million project which commenced on December 6th 2019 but delayed due to the COVID- 19 pandemic was chosen due to its sustainability in nature and its positive impact on the environment while helping local community to earn a living through skills and knowledge transfer.
Aside from saving the slum based school from being shut down due to lack of sanitary facilities, the project was also meant to reduce Plastic pollutants in Kamwokya slum area and restoring beneficial uses of plastic waste management as outlined in the KCCA Waste Management act.
According to the contractor, the project saw 13,200,000 plastic bags removed from the environment, 22,000 Plastic bottles recycled and used to make bricks to build the toilets, 500 pupils saved from school closure by health officials because of no sanitary facilities.
Also, 100 community members earned from building the structure, 50 Community members taught the skill of making the bricks by stuffing plastic bottles with plastic bags while 13.2 tons of plastic were recycled and 10 toilets built.
The Ruparelia foundation says along with its partners, it plans to put up five more projects like this one across Uganda as a way of reaching more communities while positively impacting the environment.
This donation comes just a day after over 200 babies at Mulago Children’s Ward benefited from a donation made by Ms Naiya Ruparelia one of the trustees of Ruparelia Foundation.
Ms Naiya made the donation that had the care takers and parents of the children excited and humbled by her gesture in these hard times of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“They are very strong children, it’s amazing and some are really strongly fighting for their lives. We admire their strength and hope that they get well soon. We will do this quarterly but we hope to eventually have it become a monthly activity with sponsorships from more people” Naiya said yesterday while handing over the donations to children.