Dwelling Places Aims to Resettle Street Kids in “Walk to Karamoja” Fundraiser


 

Dwelling Places, an organization that rescues, rehabilitates, reconciles and resettles street-connected children in Uganda is set to hold a 467-kilometer-long walk from Kampala to Karamoja in a bid to raise funds to support their programs.

Dubbed ‘Journey of Hope’, the walk which will start on Monday July 31 is expected to last 18 days.

According to Rita Nkemba, the organisation’s Founding Director, the walk aims to raise awareness on child trafficking and mobilise funds to resettle 20 street kids with their families.

She said the organization will also use some of the funds to construct a classroom block in Lomaratoit Primary School in Napak.

Napak District is said to be the lead contributor to the skyrocketing numbers of street kids in Kampala.

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Why Journey of Hope.

During her visit to Napak District in 2014, Nkemba visited Lomaratoit village where government had just constructed a new school.

She was shocked by the meagre numbers of children who were attending despite the school being for free.

“Only 30 pupils out of the registered 93 were on site when we visited in the middle of the term while many others were loitering in the village. We came to learn that while the school was for free, parents were required to pay Ush 2,000 every term,” Nkemba said.

“It is this need that led to the very first ‘Journey of Hope’ in 2015 which raised money to enroll up to 200 children in school in Lomaratoit village,” she added.

Since its inception, 15 years ago, Dwelling Places has rescued and reintegrated over 1,455 street children.

It is currently caring for 535 children and 96 families.

“We’ve supported these children by putting them back to school and 84.5%% of these have stayed in school. It is therefore tested that if children in Karamoja are supported to get education, they will stay off the streets,” she added, asking the public to donate towards the cause.

How to be a part of the campaign

You can be a part of the campaign physically by participating in the 18-day journey that will end in Karamoja.

Intending participants can get involved full time up to Karamoja or partially by walking a few days or hours.

Alternatively, one can support the campaign financially by donating money to support the scheduled activities.

You can make your donations via Mobile Money: 0781-161072; 0757-012762 and through Dwelling Places Account.

Account: Dwelling Places; 0102012442002; Standard Chartered Bank; Speke Road.

Remember to call or email Dwelling Places when you donate (Call/ email +256 (0) 757 012762; email: communications@dwellingplaces.org.uk).

 

 

 

Tusker Lite and Pearl Guide Uganda award the best performing restaurants.


 

 

Kampala Restaurant Week came to an end after a 10-day exciting experience of food discovery and restaurant hoping for many food lovers in and around Kampala.

Kampala’s largest restaurant showcase was culminated with an awards ceremony at the Kampala Sheraton Hotel. Organised by Pearl Guide Uganda and powered by Uganda Breweries Limited’s premium beer, Tusker Lite, who gave out a complimentary beer for every meal, Kampala Restaurant Week saw over 40 restaurants including those in Jinja and Mbarara participate in this year’s edition.

UBL's Head of Premium Beers, Grace Namutebi hands over an award to the winners of Kampala Restaurant Week

The funfair that had kicked off on the 5th July and went on till the 15th July, was crowned with an awards ceremony where restaurants were recognized for their exceptional performance in the categories of Outstanding Service Award, Innovation Award (also known as the Dish of the Week Award), Top Casual Dining and Top Signature Dining Restaurants.

The night’s big winners were The Explorer, Kampala Serena Hotel which picked up two awards for the Outstanding Service Award and the Top Signature Dining Restaurant award.

Not to be outdone, Riders Lounge also scooped the award for the Top Casual Dining restaurant. Among other winners were Le Château which won the Innovation Award.

Winners of the 3rd edition of Kampala Restaurant Week pose for a photo with their awards

The restaurants were judged by members of the public and judges from the Chaine de Rotisseurs, a body of Chefs worldwide. The body which comprises of over 25,000 members worldwide also has 60 members coming from Uganda.

 

Speaking during the awards ceremony, Grace Namutebi, UBL’s Brand Manager Premium Beers said; “Today we take home an unforgettable experience from this year’s Kampala Restaurant Week. The restaurants that have been voted as the best in the various categories, we salute you for your meals and services and we hope you continue giving us the best.”

 

 

Airtel Subscribers win big in the Mega Masappe promotion


 

Lucky subscriber wins brand new car in nationwide campaign.

Airtel Uganda rewarded the second batch of winners in its ‘Mega Masappe’ promotion. The winners received their prizes from a team of Airtel Uganda representatives led by Rajesh Agrawal; the Telecom Company’s Networks Director. Shaban Kyeswa from Bulenga took home the grand prize of a brand new motor vehicle.

Xuqing Qingmu from Fort Portal and Baliluno Nsubuga Robert from Nansana walked away with brand new motor bicycles.

Airtel Uganda Head of Usage and Rentention, Nellie Mwandha(2nd left), Networks Director Rajesh Agrawal(3rd right) pose with the lucky winners in the Mega Masappe promotion handover cerem

Speaking at the prize-giving event, Rajesh Agrawal –Airtel Networks Director congratulated the winners and expressed gratitude to them for taking part in the promotion.

“On behalf of Airtel Uganda, I am honored to be here, rewarding the second set of loyal customers and winners in the ‘Mega Masappe’ promotion. We had the first award ceremony a few days back and we were excited to see our customers in a celebratory mood. Our customers’ loyalty is crucial to our business operations and we are honored to be able to reward them with life-changing prizes.”.

Airtel Uganda Networks Director, Rajesh Agrawal, handing over the car keys to Shaban Kyeswa he won in the Airtel Mega Masappe promotion.

“Airtel Uganda is committed to continuously giving our customers an unbeatable experience. We believe that fulfilling this is the reason we’ve remained Uganda’s Number One Smartphone network,” he added.

Agrawal also called upon Airtel Uganda subscribers to participate in the promotion. ‘Mega Masappe’ is a nationwide campaign. We have winners from various regions across Uganda, so my message to everyone is to take part in ‘Mega Masappe’- there are daily, weekly prizes to be won, in addition to the bonus calls, SMS and data bundles that come when one reaches their target.”

As part of ‘Mega Masappe’, subscribers are required to opt into the promo by dialing *162# and selecting option 1 to opt in, option 2 to check target and option 3 to redeem their data bonus – which will be broken down into Voice, SMS and Data at 50%, 10% and 40% respectively. This bonus however does not apply to social packs, quarterly, annual and free bundles.

Shaban Kyeswa from Bulenga, poses in his car he won in the ongoing Airtel Mega Masappe promotion.

Mega Masappe promotion subscriber bonus will be given instantly on the achievement of the daily target. For example, if a subscriber’s bonus target is Ushs. 1,000 and they recharge with that Ushs. 1,000, they will receive 100% bonus of the same value under the Voice, SMS & Data split. However, if they recharge with another Ushs. 1,000 on the same day, they will not get a 2nd bonus.

Daily and weekly prizes will be given away every Friday for the 90-days’ duration of the promotion.

 

 

Airtel Subscribers win big in the Mega Masappe promotion


 

 

The lucky winners expressed their excitement as they were receiving their prizes and one of the them, Katabira Michael who is in his Senior Six vacation was quoted saying, “I am so excited and I can’t believe it, I am going to use this 1 million to pay for my tuition for my first semester at campus”

“I want to encourage all Airtel Subscribers to join in this Mega Masappe campaign because you win big. Thank you Airtel, thank you for making me a happy person.” he added

Airtel Uganda Director Legal and Regulatory Affairs Dennis Kakonge in a suit, pose with the lucky winners during the 1st draw of Mega Masappe at Airtel Head offices.

Dennis Kakonge, the Airtel Uganda Director Legal and Regulatory Affairs congratulated the first group of winners at the prize-giving ceremony.

“We made a promise to Ugandans to offer them the most reliable and affordable telecommunications services while directly improving their lives through our different offerings and campaigns and this promotion is evidence that we are doing just that,” he said,

Kakonge further encouraged Ugandans to take part in the promotion; to stand a chance to win various prizes including cars, motorbikes and cash.

As part of ‘Mega Masappe’, subscribers are required to opt into the promo by dialing *162# and selecting option 1 to opt in, option 2 to check target and option 3 to redeem their data bonus – which will be broken down into Voice, SMS and Data at 50%, 10% and 40% respectively. This bonus however does not apply to social packs, quarterly, annual and free bundles.

Mega Masappe promotion subscriber bonus will be given instantly on the achievement of the daily target. For example, if a subscriber’s bonus target is Ushs. 1,000 and they recharge with that Ushs. 1,000, they will receive 100% bonus of the same value under the Voice, SMS & Data split. However, if they recharge with another Ushs. 1,000 on the same day, they will not get a 2nd bonus.

Daily and weekly prizes will be given away every Friday for the duration of the promo.

 

 

 

Emirates Extends its Dubai Special Fare and Free Visa Offer


 

 

Offer also includes free 3rd piece of luggage and My Emirates Pass

 

Emirates has extended its offer to Ugandan travellers to visit Dubai with a special Economy and Business Class return airfare that includes a free Visa, a free third piece of luggage of up to 23 kg and a “My Emirates Pass”.

 

Under the special offer, an Economy Class ticket from Entebbe to Dubai costs USD406 and Business Class USD1499. The fare offer is subject to availability, specific terms and conditions and for a limited time only. Tickets must be booked between 11 July and 24 July 2017, while travel must take place between 11 July and 30 November 2017. The cost of the ticket includes airport taxes.

 

Voted by travellers as the Best Airline in the World in the 2017 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice® Awards, Emirates is also offering a free 30-day visa for the United Arab Emirates (subject to approval by immigration authorities), a 3rd piece of luggage of up to 23kg for Economy Class and up to 32kg for Business Class, as well as a My Emirates Pass, which is can be used for exclusive offers and discounts across Dubai.

Emirates

The My Emirates Pass, which is valid for use until 31 August 2017, gives customers special discounts at over 120 world class restaurants and hotel dining outlets in Dubai. Exclusive offers are also available on a range of leisure activities including visits to championship golf courses, thrilling theme parks or luxury spas across the city. To see all My Emirates Pass offers, visit www.emirates.com/english/offers/4221290/my-emirates-pass.

 

With year-round sunshine, world-class shopping and restaurants, stunning beaches and iconic buildings, Dubai offers something for the whole family. Visitors to Dubai can use My Emirates Pass to enjoy some of the city’s newest attractions including must-see places like Dubai Parks and Resorts featuring three theme parks: Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, as well as the region’s first LEGOLAND® Park and LEGOLAND® Water Park.

 

The city also offers a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets.

 

On all Emirates’ flights, customers can look forward to hours of entertainment on the airline’s ice system, which offers over 2500 channels of on demand audio and visual entertainment, from the latest movies, music, audio books and games, as well as family friendly products and services for children, including complimentary toys, kids’ meals and movies, priority boarding for families and the use of free strollers at Dubai International Airport.

 

In addition to the on-board comforts and products, customers will experience the world famous hospitality from Emirates’ multinational cabin crew while enjoying chef prepared regional and international cuisine, using the freshest ingredients, accompanied by a wide range of complimentary wines and beverages.

 

Emirates flies once a day from Entebbe International Airport to Dubai. To book, or for more information on fares, terms and conditions, please visit www.emirates.com/ug or visit the local Emirates office or your travel agent.

 

 

 

 

Jinja enjoys Kampala Restaurant Week as they Savor with Tusker Lite


 

Jinja Sailing Club was the centre of focus as key media personnel and food lovers traveled to Jinja to check out its participation in the ongoing 3rd edition of the Kampala Restaurant Week.

Powered by Tusker Lite and organised by Pearl Guide Uganda, the largest showcase of restaurants in and around Kampala kicked off on the 5th July and will go till 15th July.

During the Kampala Restaurant week, restaurants get to offer meals going as low as UGX 15,000 and UGX 25,000. On normal days, the same meals would go for as high as UGX 35,000. This was acknowledged by Jinja Sailing Club’s Executive Chief, Noman Qureshi who said that the restaurant week activity offers customers a chance to try out the best cuisines at affordable prices.

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This year, Tusker Lite has added great value to everyone’s experience by offering a complimentary drink to diners to ensure they enjoy a complete dining experience.

Tusker Lite was introduced into the East African market in 2011 as a low carb beer uniquely brewed with natural ingredients. It delivers an easy drinking experience. The idea behind its introduction was to bring a new taste.

“Tusker Lite offers a soothing experience with every meal. It is for this purpose that we had to check out the experience in Jinja. We hope that people are enjoying their meals and this edition of Kampala Restaurant Week.” Uganda Breweries Limited’s Head of Beers, Muzito Estella said.

Jinja Sailing Club Executive Chef Noma Qureshi 2

The Kampala Restaurant Week will be capped off with an awards ceremony on the 15th July at the Sheraton Hotel Kampala. This will be to recognize the most outstanding chefs, restaurants and other participants in this edition.

 

 

Airtel Uganda and Buganda Kingdom handover Shs.110,000,000 to the Central Public Health Laboratory in the fight to end Sickle Cells


 

Airtel Uganda together with the Buganda Kingdom have handed over Shs.110,000,000/- (One hundred and ten million shillings) that was collected during the Kabaka Birthday Run 2017  as a contribution towards the fight to end Sickle cells in Uganda .

The handover to the Central Public Health Laboratory under the Ministry of Health was graced by Buganda Kingdom officials led by the Buganda Kingdom Prime Minister Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga and the Buganda Kingdom Minister of Sports Owek. Sekabembe Henry, alongside Airtel Uganda team headed by Chief Commercial Officer Mr. Deepak Bhatia.

Airtel Uganda officials led by Chief Commercial Officer, Deepak Bhatia, Buganda Kingdom Katikiro, Owek.Charles Peter Mayiga and Ministry of Health officials, pose with a dummy cheque han

Speaking at the handover ceremony, Mr. Bhatia said, “We are so honored and proud to partner with the Buganda Kingdom in the fight to put an end to Sickle cells in the country.”

“This partnership is Airtel’s commitment to working with various stakeholders to improve health standards in Uganda and providing affordable healthcare to our customers through investing in passion points that connect our customers such as the annual Kabaka Birthday Run,” he added.

“I would like to thank and recognize all Airtel Uganda customers, fellow sponsors, the media as well as the general public who showed support to those suffering from sickle cells by coming and participating in the 2017 Kabaka Run” he concluded

Buganda Kingdom Katikiro, Owek Peter Mayiga thanked Airtel Uganda for their support in this fight and praised them for always coming out strongly to show support to Ugandans on the social causes that are very important to society development.

Airtel Uganda Chief Commercial Officer Deepak Bhatia, gives a speech during the handover of the proceeds got from Kabaka Birthday Run to Central Public Health Labaratory at Bulange Mengo

“I encourage my fellow Ugandans who have been affected by this scourge of Sickle Cells in one way or another to support each other and seek medical help and be consistent in their treatments as partners like Airtel come together with the Kingdom of Buganda to put an end to this disease,” he concluded.

According to the Ministry of Health, over 25,000 babies are born each year with sickle cell disease and over 80% die before their 5th birthday contributing to 15% infant mortality, 13.3% of the total population have Sickle cell traits.

Battle For Cash with DFCU Bank


 

dfcu Bank, in partnership with NTV Uganda and Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) launched a nationwide campaign targeted at driving a savings and investment culture in Uganda. The campaign, which will run – in part as a TV show competition dubbed ‘Battle for Cash’ was launched at the Kampala Serena Hotel with the media fraternity having the first hands-on experience.

Compared to the countries in the region, Uganda has the lowest savings to GDP ratio, which is at 13.48 per cent of GDP with majority of the population being un-banked. According to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, only 12% of the population have bank accounts while research shows that Ugandans save less than 5% of their monthly earnings as compared to other East African countries (Kenya 23%; Tanzania 13% Rwanda 18%).

 

The low savings rates are largely a result of traditional banking remaining out of reach for most due to factors like; inadequate financial services; financial illiteracy; physical distance from banking institutions and high minimum deposit and balance requirements, limiting access to banking services. But banks have taken huge strides in addressing these shortcomings by recognizing the potential and are introducing resourceful methods of bringing them back into the formal economy by introducing several innovative products and services.

 

As part of several efforts to promote a savings culture in Uganda, dfcu Bank introduced the Investment Clubs program in 2007 providing a conducive platform to foster group savings. The dfcu Bank program has since grown with over 10,000 Investment Clubs that cut across all segments including students, the professionals, women, youths holding a savings turnover of over UGX 400 billion.

dfcu Bank, Battle for Cash Campaign judges, Joseph Kasaija, Ann Kyohairwe and Adam Sengoba, address the media during the campaign launch at Serena Hotel.

The Judges that will adjudicate Battle For Cash

It is against this background that dfcu Bank has collaborated with NTV and PwC to start a competition to encourage its customers to grow their savings portfolio. The ‘Battle for Cash,’ challenge will provide a free platform to Investment Clubs to show case their success stories over a period of six (6) months. Additionally clubs who are able to present innovative investment ideas and demonstrate the ability to consistently pool savings towards the realization of their objective for a minimum period of six months will be eligible to enter the competition. They will have the opportunity to show case their ideas and investment projects on NTV Uganda.

 

According to the dfcu Bank Executive Director and Chief of Business William Sekabembe, two special categories of women and youth have been included. Clubs with 100% composition of these special groups will apply to enter the competition and into a special category for Women Clubs & Youth increasing their chances of winning. “We are putting a lot of emphasis on these two categories because we believe they play a major role in the development of communities and Uganda as a whole,” he added.

dfcu Bank Executive Director and Chief of Business, William Sekabembe giving a speech during the launch of Battle for Cash campaign at Serena Hotel.

William Sekabambe Chief of business at DFCU

An amount totaling up to UGX 100 million in prize money has been set aside for the best Investment Clubs. Additionally, one delegate from each of the 20 selected clubs that will enter the competition will be sponsored to attend a study tour in Nairobi to share experiences, network, and widen their knowledge and contacts. This as the top seven (7) clubs will receive free advisory services for a period of one (1) year.

Tusker Lite brings an easy drinking experience to Kampala Restaurant Week


The 3rd edition of the Kampala Restaurant Week was launched at the Sheraton Hotel Kampala and will see Kampala host the largest restaurant showcase which is organised by Pearl Guide Uganda and powered by Uganda Breweries Limited’s premium beer, Tusker Lite.

UBL's Head of Beers Muzito Estella (left) shares a light moment with Daily Monitor's Rachel after she won the beer challenge
The Kampala Restaurant Week will kick off on the 5th July and run till 15th July, 2017.

The yearly event has allowed more than 15,000 people to annually discover the best priced restaurants to have a meal at in Kampala.
This year, Tusker Lite will be adding great value to everyone’s experience by offering a
complimentary drink to diners to ensure they enjoy a complete dining experience.
Tusker Lite was introduced into the East African market in 2011 as a low carb beer uniquely brewed with natural ingredients.

It delivers an easy drinking experience. The idea behind its introduction was to bring a new taste.

Stephen Muneza (The Ugandan) and Daily Monitor's Rachel Nabala share a light moment during the Tusker Lite challenge at the Kla Restaurant Week Launch
With Tusker Lite, it’s time to take it easy. Easy going is all about a true enthusiasm for
life, which enhances shared experiences and amity, a good sense of humor, always has
a positive outlook on things. An easy drinking experience is enjoying a fulfilling lifestyle
and relaxing with friends after a day’s work over a cold bottle of Tusker Lite.
Speaking at the launch of this year’s Kampala Restaurant Week, Uganda Breweries
Limited’s Head of Beers, Muzito Estella said; “We believe that our partnership with the
Pearl Guide Uganda for the 3
rd edition of Kampala Restaurant Week is intertwined in the
above aspects. There is no better way to enjoy a meal with friends without a Tusker Lite
by your side.”
Tusker Lite has firmly established itself as a beer that easily blends with any activity or
event, be it a house party, a rugby match or a concert.
“We hope to increase the awareness of the Kampala Restaurant Week and adopt a
fresh and exciting lifestyle targeting consumers who are always aware of what is
happening around them and love a good meal.” added Estella.

“Kampala Restaurant Week is about creativity, discounts and good value. For one week, we convene over 40 of the city’s best restaurants and get them to each make new creative dishes over and above their usual dishes.

Unlike the previous editions, this
year, selected restaurants in Entebbe, Mbarara and Jinja will be taking part in the third
edition of Kampala Restaurant Week.” Said Philip Kalibwani, the Business Development Manager at Pearl Guide Uganda.
The Kampala Restaurant Week will be capped off with an awards ceremony on the 15th July at the Sheraton Hotel Kampala.

Dessert world at the Kampala Restaurant Week launch (3)

This will be to recognize the most outstanding chefs, restaurants and other participants in this edition.

 

Emirates Team New Zealand bring the prestigious America’s Cup to Dubai


 

  • Emirates welcomes team after their victory in Bermuda

 

 

Ahead of their highly anticipated welcome in Auckland, the winning crew of Emirates Team New Zealand arrived in Dubai to proudly celebrate their America’s Cup win today. Emirates Team New Zealand and ‘Auld Mug’ were welcomed at Emirates Group Headquarters by Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline and Gary Chapman, President Group Services and dnata along with His Excellency Jeremy Clarke Watson, New Zealand Ambassador to the UAE.

The Emirates Team New Zealand crew with the America's Cup, along Sir Tim Clark, president Emirates Airline.

Later in the morning, Emirates employees were given the chance to take pictures with the America’s Cup trophy.

Emirates’ sponsorship of Team New Zealand dates back to 2004 and has helped bring the Emirates brand to many parts of the world. Emirates announced its renewed commitment to Team New Zealand in March 2015 as the team took steps towards mounting their challenge for the 35th America’s Cup, the oldest trophy in international sport and the pinnacle of world sailing. The team has held a number of America’s Cup titles including clinching the trophy in 1995 and successfully defending the title in 2000. Emirates Team New Zealand celebrated an overwhelming victory last week at the final match-off in Bermuda taking the 35th America’s Cup in a 7-1 win over Oracle Team USA.

Emirates Cabin Crew with the America_s Cup. Emirates Team New Zealand arrived in Dubai to proudly celebrate their America_s Cup win today

Emirates has been committed to New Zealand since 2003, and the airline currently operates 35 return flights per week to New Zealand via its two gateways, Auckland and Christchurch.