KAMPALA – MTN Uganda through its Corporate Social Responsibility arm, the MTN Foundation has on Monday, December 16 donated UGX31M towards the Bundibugyo floods victims.
The donated money will be used to buy non-food relief items to support the families that have been displaced following the floods that left many people displaced, houses destroyed and lives lost.
A dummy cheque for the donation was handed over to officials from the Office of the Prime minister and the Uganda Red Cross Society at the Nyonyi gardens based MTN offices.
“The money shall be used to procure 100 relief kits to support 100 of the displaced families. The kits will include 2 Jerry cans, saucepans, 6 cups, 6 plates, 1 ladle, 1 kitchen knife, 3 blankets, 3 mosquito nets, 3 bars of soap, 1 tarpauline and a plastic storage bag or box,” reads an excerpt.
While handing over the dummy cheque, Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte, the company CEO Uganda expressed their heartfelt sympathy to the people of Bundibugyo.
“As MTN Uganda, we stand with the people of Bundibugyo who have suffered great loss in the recent floods. We understand that this is such a trying time for them and we hope that this little support we have rendered will offer them some comfort,” said Mr. Vanhelleputte.
The donation was received by the secretary-general of the Uganda Red Cross Society, Mr. Robert Kwesiga who appreciated MTN for the consistency in supporting Ugandans during similar disasters across the country.
“MTN Uganda has been the one consistent company that has always come up to support the Uganda Red Cross Society efforts in providing humanitarian relief during disasters across Uganda. MTN was with us just this June when there were landslides in Bududa and once again they have joined us to provide relief to affected families in Bundibugyo. We are truly appreciative of this,” said Kwesiga.
The floods followed the heavy rains that hit the district from December 6 to December 7, 2019.
A total of 1,152 households composed of 6,768 individuals has been affected, 17 bodies have so far been retrieved by the Uganda Red Cross Society team.
A total of 800 people are currently displaced and living in churches and school buildings while others are being hosted by relatives in the neighborhoods. 2 injured persons are admitted at Busaru Health Centre III.