Airtel Uganda Ramadan CSR Campaign Goes To Old Kampala


Old Kampala is the latest community to benefit from Airtel Uganda’s extensive Corporate Social Responsibility campaign of giving to its subscribers throughout the Holy Month of Ramadan.

The campaign that is aimed at shedding light on the true Ramadan spirit and celebrating this special time of the year with the local communities saw Airtel Uganda officials camp at Gadaffi mosque in Old Kampala and handover foodstuffs to assist community members in preparing their Iftar meals.

Commenting during the handover, Airtel Uganda PRO Ms. Faith Bugonzi said Airtel Uganda is proud to support its subscribers during this Holy Month.

“Old Kampala is the third community in Kampala that we are visiting to distribute foodstuffs. Over the past two weeks, we have visited Wandegeya and Kibuli communities and have also handed the residents foodstuffs for Ramadan.

We intend to continue this initiative until the month ends,” she commented.

Speaking during the handover, Haji Nsereko Mutumba, the spokesperson of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council thanked Airtel Uganda for the noble gesture.

“During the Holy Month of Ramadan, Muslims are encouraged to share with one another and help the less advantaged community members.

I am glad to see companies like Airtel Uganda embracing such values of giving back to their customers and to the muslim community at large,” he commented.

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Airtel Uganda Through it’s CSR Has Extended Support To The Karamoja Education Program


Donates goats worth UGX11,000,000 to support 100 girls in Moroto and Napak schools

Airtel Uganda announced a partnership with the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) to join in the fundraising campaign #GOATSFORGIRLS that aims at keeping young girls in the Karamoja region in school.

As part of the partnership, the telecom company handed over UGX11,000,000 for the purchase of 100 goats that will be handed over to girls in Moroto and Napak districts. Since goats mature and reproduce very fast, each girl will be handed two goats from which she will obtain income to pay school fees and purchase scholastic material.

Upon reproduction, she will be required to give the first two kids to another girl for the process to continue and benefit other girls within the community.

Speaking during the handover, Airtel Uganda Managing Director Mr. V.G Somasekhar pledged Airtel Ugandas support to ensure that school-going children in local disadvantaged communities have access to quality education, which will benefit them, their families and their communities.

“Girl child education is not a priority in many local communities across Uganda. At Airtel Uganda, we believe that it is critical for the empowerment of women and are therefore committed to ensuring that girls in the most disadvantaged communities get equal opportunities to access quality education and realize their potential, he noted.

On why they had chosen to donate goats, Mr. Somasekhar noted that the initiative is not only supportive of ensuring that the girls stay in school but also ensures economic empowerment that is much needed to bridge the socioeconomic gaps witnessed across the country.

According to United Nations’ Girls Education Initiative statistics, literacy rates for young females still lag behind that of young boys by five percent, and nearly half of all girls in Uganda are married before the age of 18. In Northern Uganda Karamoja region, girls take on women roles faster because they cannot afford to go to or stay in school due to economic challenges.

Commenting on behalf of IIRR, Pamela B. Nyamutoka Katooro, the IIRR Uganda Country Director, appreciated the partnership with Airtel and stated that this would go a long way in improving education outcomes for disadvantaged girls especially in pastoral communities.
“Since 2015, IIRRs Goats4Girls model has successfully been used to support over 2000 girls to enroll and stay in school. The initiative inhibits the practice of forced early marriage and empowers girls with not only educational benefits but also economic independence that enhances their self-worth, dignity and confidence, she commented.

For over 5 years, Airtel Uganda, as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility efforts, has been working closely with the Ministry of Education and other partners to ensure increased access to education across Uganda.

dfcu Bank invests in education through the refurbishment of Nakivubo Blue Primary School.


 

 

As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility Program, dfcu Bank has made a contribution of UGX 75 million towards the refurbishment of a three-classroom block at Nakivubo Blue Primary School.The school is currently managed by the Kampala Capital City Authority and has over 1,000 students from the surrounding Owino Market and Kisenyi areas.

The KCCA Director for education (4th left), looks on as dfcu Bank's William Sekabembe hands a dummy check to the Headteacher of Nakivubo Blue Primary School for the renovation of a class

The announcement was made during a press conference at the Kampala Capital City Council Authority offices.

 

The school which is located in downtown Kampala is one of the oldest primary schools in Kampala district. Overtime, its physical condition has deteriorated which has had a negative impact on its academic standards. Currently, the classroom block that will be not in use.

 

Speaking during the announcement, William Sekabembe, dfcu Bank’s Executive Director and Head of Business said the contribution was part of the Bank’s efforts to improve the lives of the communities in which it operates.

 

“Our Corporate Social Responsibility program is centered around a number of pillars which include; Child and Maternal Health, Environmental Management, Community Development and Emergency Intervention.”

Officilas from dfcu Bank, KCCA pose wit staff and students of Nakivubo Primary School. dfcu donated UGX 75 million to the renovation of a classroom block at the school.

“Under these pillars, dfcu Bank has supported a number of initiatives which we believe have significantly improved the welfare of the communities and organizations to whom they are given. Our belief is that the communities in which we operate should benefit from more than our services and products- which is why we support projects that are sustainable and whose impact will reach several members of that community”, Sekabembe said.

 

KCCA Executive Director applauded dfcu Bank for making an investment whose benefits will extend to countless members of the Owino and Kisenyi communities- over a significant period of time.

 

“On behalf of the Kampala Capital City Authority, I extend our gratitude to dfcu Bank for this generous gesture that will play an invaluable role in the education of numerous students over the years.”

 

“As we strive for all round development of our city, we both appreciate and recognize the power of partnerships in getting there. I guarantee that this contribution will achieve its intended purpose of transforming the recipient communities.”

dfcu Bank increases support to St. John’s Ambulance Uganda’s emergency medical services.


 

As part of its Responsibility & Sustainability program, dfcu Bank Uganda has today renewed its support of emergency medical services- announcing an increment in its financial contribution to St. John’s ambulance Uganda. The announcement was made during a press briefing at the St. John’s ambulance services offices on Buganda Road.

Addressing journalists at the event, dfcu Bank’s Head of Brand Marketing Communication, Jude Kansiime said the renewed commitment was the Bank’s way of increasing its support to what is a dire situation.

dfcu Bank_s Head of Brand Marketing Communication, Jude Kansiime (C) hands over fuel cards to Christine Kasirye, the National Executive Secretary, St. John_s Ambulance during the eve

dfcu Bank has been supporting the services offered by St. John’s Ambulance for the last 5 years. This support has been in the form of monthly fuel, which is a key need if an organization wishes to provide timely emergency medical services. Today, dfcu Bank is glad and honored to announce that we will both continue with and increase our contribution to this crucial service.”

 

“As part of the emergency support pillar under our Sustainability strategy,  I am pleased to announce that dfcu Bank will double our monthly contribution to St. John’s Ambulance Uganda- which will allow them to operate a second ambulance and in turn provide urgently needed emergency medical services to those in need,” Kansiime added.

 

“Lack of sufficient emergency services is one of the leading causes of death in Uganda. Less than 10% of patients are transferred to hospitals and clinics by ambulances, which results in tragedies that could have been prevented. This is why our commitment to St. John’s Ambulance is important to us as an institution- we see it as a way to give back and improve the quality of life in the communities in which we operate,” he continued.

Christine Kasirye, the National Executive Secretary, St. John’s Ambulance commended dfcu Bank for their continued and unwavering reinforcement to its operations.

“Over the last 5 years, dfcu Bank has proved itself a dedicated and stable partner to the work that we do. One of the key elements needed for the successful provision of emergency medical services is timely arrival to the scene of the emergency and thereafter to a hospital or clinic. The monthly fuel contributions from dfcu Bank have helped us save countless lives,” Ms. Kasirye said.

dfcu Bank_s Head of Brand Marketing Communication, Jude Kansiime (L) hands over a dummy cheque to Christine Kasirye, the National Executive Secretary, St. John_s Ambulance after maki

“By providing fuel for a second ambulance, dfcu Bank is giving us the ability and means to reach more patients, provide urgent medical aid and as a result, save more lives. On behalf of St. John’s Ambulance, I extend our gratitude to the management of dfcu Bank for their pro-active support of emergency medical services,” Ms. Kasirye concluded.

 

With the increased funding, dfcu Bank’s contribution to St. John’s Ambulance will add up to UGX 24,000,000/- per year.

Airtel Uganda, Buganda Kingdom launch the 2017 Masaza Cup


Leading telecommunications provider Airtel Uganda joined the Buganda Kingdom to launch the 2017 Masaza Cup at a press conference held at the Buganda Kindgom offices in Mengo.

Airtel Uganda, Marketing Director Indrajeet Singh Kumar(right), Katikiro of Buganda, Owek. Peter Mayiga and Airtel's Remmy Kisakye, pose for a photo with the jersey going to be used duri
The launch event, that comes just a few months after Airtel Uganda signed on as the official sponsor of the tournament, was attended by Airtel Uganda officials led by the Managing Director Mr. Anwar Soussa alongside Buganda kingdom officials who included the Katikkiro Owek. Charles Peter Mayigga, who represented the Kabaka of Buganda, the Sports Minister Owek. Henry Sekabembe and other officials.

Airtel Uganda, Marketing Director, Indrajeet Singh Kumar(Right), Katikkiro of Buganda, Owek. Peter Mayiga, and Airtel's Remmy Kisakye, pose for a photo during the launch of Masaza Cup at
The Masaza Cup is an annual tournament that has been played since 2004 and usually features nineteen teams from 19 different Buganda Kingdom regions. Last year, Buddu emerged champion when they beat Gomba to take home the 2016 trophy and prize money.
“It is an honor to add the Masaza Cup – a Kingdom of Buganda legacy tournament that was started very many years ago – to our list of sports sponsorships,” commented Mr. Indrajeet Singh Kumar, the Airtel Uganda Marketing Director.
“Over the years, Airtel Uganda has come out strongly to support the growth of football in Uganda right from the grassroots through our all-inclusive Airtel Rising Stars tournament all the way up to the national football team, the Uganda Cranes. Masaza Cup fits perfectly in our sports portfolio,” he added.
The Katikkiro of Buganda Owek. Charles Peter Mayigga thanked Airtel Uganda for their support of Buganda kingdom activities.
“We are very fortunate to have a partner that has shown interest and dedication to the development of football in Uganda at all levels,” he said, adding that “…We hold this tournament every year not only to boost the talent amongst the young people from Buganda Region but also to mobilize people living in Buganda to participate in development programmes and activities that boost their income levels.”
He also thanked the media for their continued support over the life of the tournament and encouraged them to continue with the good work.
Over the years, Airtel Uganda has worked with the Buganda Kingdom on a number of projects, the most recent one being the 2017 Kabaka birthday run that attracted over 30,000 participants. Other projects include the Kabaka birthday celebrations, Kabaka Coronation, and Eid-el-Fitri celebrations.

Airtel Uganda Marketing Director, Mr. Indrajeet Singh Kumar, gives a speech during the launch of Masaza Cup football tournament at Bulange Mengo
The opening game of Masaza Cup will be played on Saturday 13th May 2017 at Masaka Recreation Grounds.

Airtel Uganda Spreads Christmas Cheer


For the second year consecutive/running, telecommunications’ giant Airtel Uganda has announced a campaign to share the joy of Christmas with communities and to bring hope to individuals, families and organizations that are doing the great work of restoring hope in the lives of others in the community.
Dubbed ‘12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS’, the campaign was conceptualized in December 2015 and named after popular Christmas song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” – an English Christmas carol that enumerates a series of grand gifts given on each of the twelve days of Christmas.

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Airtel Staff Members

Once again, staff members nominated and submitted their nominations to the Corporate Social Responsibility Manager Mrs. Charity Bukenya, who worked with a cross functional team to select the 12 projects that were communicated to the staff members.
Organizations such as Bright Kids Uganda in Entebbe, Bugiri & Kumi Hospitals, MADEFO Home of the Elderly and individuals such as Kyomuhendo Hellen a patient awaiting a liver transplant were the first beneficiaries of this campaign.
Commenting about this campaign, Mr. Anwar Soussa, the Airtel Uganda Managing Director, thanked all his staff and directors for their participation in this campaign.
“During this time of offering “thanks”, it is prudent for us to reach out to the organizations and individuals who have not only supported us throughout the year, but have also supported different people in different communities giving them hope for a great future and a helping hand during the season of giving.
“This campaign offers Airtel Uganda staff members an opportunity to contribute to and show their gratitude and appreciation to the communities in which they live and work,” Soussa added.

Anwar Soussa

Anwar Soussa Airtel Uganda MD

Last year, Airtel Uganda staff members chose 12 community projects that are transforming the lives of people; young and old with meager resources and went on to share the Red Airtel Christmas with them. Organizations such as Cherish Uganda in Entebbe, Natasha Nutrition Center in Mbarara Hospital, Kawempe Home Care in Kanyanya as well as individuals such as Aunt Robinah who takes care of children of prisoners on Salama road and Immaculate – a kidney transplant patient benefitted from this campaign.

Emirates staff ‘make their mark’ with A380 aircraft wall collage


 

 

  • Initiative led by Rehlaty aims to give back to communities

 

Ahead of the UAE’s 45th National Day, the Emirates Group unveiled a unique wall collage of mini-A380 aircraft now on permanent display at the Group’s Headquarters. Autographed by colleagues across the Group to raise funds for the Emirates Airline Foundation, the aim of the wall was for each staff member to play a part in giving back to the communities that the airline serves. his-highness-unveiled-a-special-collage-consisting-of-1400-aircraft-during-the-uae-national-day-celebrations-at-eghq

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman & Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group personally signed the first aircraft model that would make up the wall collage. During the Group’s UAE National Day celebrations, he unveiled the wall, made up of 1,400 Emirates A380 aircraft. More than AED 70,000 was donated to the Emirates Airline Foundation from the proceeds of the A380 aircraft.

The initiative was led by Rehlaty, the Emirates Group’s Emiratisation strategy.

 

 

 

 

COCA-COLA, MEDSHARE DONATE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT TO KAMULI HOSPITAL


 

Coca-Cola Beverage Africa (CCBA) in partnership with Medshare International, delivered vital medical supplies worth 1.4 Billion UGX ($ 417,093) to Kamuli Hospital, as part of an agreement with the Ministry of Health and the Office of the Speaker of Parliament to deliver medical equipment to hospitals in Kamuli, Kakuuto and Kalangala.

some-of-the-medical-equipment-handed-over-to-kamuli-hospital-courtesy-of-century-bottling-companyWith a focus on maternal health and infant care, CCBA delivered machines such as fetal scanners, infant warmers, delivery beds, an electrical surgery unit, an anesthetic unit, an oxygen concentrator, lab equipment, wheel chairs and many others. They also renovated the maternity and pediatric wards of the hospital.

Speaking at the handover ceremony in Kamuli, the CCBA Uganda HR Director Martha Munnu Omer (Mrs.) said, “We know that our business can only be as strong as the communities we serve, and we’re honored that we could use our expertise to improve the distribution of medicine and medical supplies.  This project has been a great and growing success so far, and we look forward to working with our partners to improve lives across more communities in Uganda, and Africa at large,” she said, adding that CCBA is privileged to be able to help more people enjoy better access to life-sustaining and life-enhancing medical facilities.century-bottling-company-hr-manager-ms-martha-munnu-omer-addresses-guests-this-was-at-an-event-to-handover-medical-equipment-to-kamuli-hospital

This Public-Private partnership, applies Coca-Cola’s logistic, supply chain, distribution and marketing expertise to help the Ugandan government maximize the ability to get critical medical supplies to remote communities in Uganda.

Hon. Sarah Opendi, the State Minister for Health applauded CCBA for the initiative and called upon the district leaders to ensure that this equipment is put to good use.

“This donation of medical equipment is an excellent example of partners coming together to develop an innovative solution that provides access to critical medicines and medical supplies in remote Ugandan communities,” she said.

Commenting about this initiative, Nell Diallo, the Vice President – Corporate & International Relations at Medshare International said “…as a global community, we have set ambitious goals of ending preventable child and maternal deaths and creating an AIDS-free generation.”

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The Guest of Honor – Ms. Rebecca Kadaga, the Rt. Hon Speaker of Parliament, who made the request to Coca-Cola in 2014 commended CCBA for following through with their promise.

“The private sector has a vital role to play in the development of our country. When we come together, we can develop our communities a sector at a time. Today, the health sector in Kamuli has received hi-tech medical equipment, thanks to Medshare who donated this equipment and CCBA who covered the costs and handled all the logistics,” she said.

“By harnessing the power of this coalition to get life-saving medicines to the people that need them most, we can help to bend the curve and accelerate reductions in child and maternal deaths,” she concluded