Giant telecommunications company, MTN Uganda, has donated a sum of Shs 41M towards relief efforts for the people of Kasese that were badly hit by floods.
The donation, that was made through the Uganda Redcross Society, was handed over by the MTN Uganda CEO, Wim Vanhelleputte.
According to a statement from MTN, the money will be used to buy non-food relief items to support the families that have been displaced by floods which ensued after River Nyamwamba burst its banks, following the heavy rains that hit the Rwenzori Mountain ranges.
“As MTN Uganda, we stand with the people of Kasese who have suffered great loss in the recent heavily destructive flash floods. We understand that this is such a trying time, especially since we are already battling the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that this modest support we have rendered will offer them some comfort,” Vanhelleputte said.
Robert Kwesiga, the Uganda Red Cross Secretary General who received the cheque thanked MTN for ‘always coming through very fast to support whenever the country has emergences’.
“This is not the first time MTN Uganda has supported people affected by disasters. Last year they supported Bududa twice, supported Bundibugyo and today they are supporting Kasese. This consistent commitment is a true humanitarian spirit exhibited by MTN to support it’s community. Amidst this period when all partners including MTN have heavily invested in the COVID-19 fight, MTN has still managed to support Kasese. We want to thank you.” Kwesiga said at the handover.
Accordingly, this website understands that, the money shall be used to procure 100 standard household non-food-item kits to reach out to 100 most vulnerable families comprising of children, youths, women and the elderly.
Each of the kits contains 2 cooking pots, 6 cups, 6 plates, 1 knife, 1 ladle, 2 jerry cans, 3 blankets, 3 mosquito nets, 3 bars of soap and 1 tarpaulin for shelter.