Wednesday 12th June, 2019 – Bududa District, Eastern Uganda
MTN Uganda has donated non-food relief items worth Ugshs 30 million to the victims of the recent Bududa landslides.
The landslides that happened early last week have so far left 6 dead and scores injured while over 80 households have been washed away, leaving hundreds of survivors with no shelter, food and warm clothing among other needs.
Led by MTN Uganda’s Corporate Services General Manager, Ms. Enid Edroma, MTN staff supported the relief efforts of the Uganda Red Cross Society in Bududa by donating warm clothes and blankets as a temporary support to the victims.
The Guest of honor, Lutsehe County Area MP Hon. Godfrey Watenga Nabutanyi and Hon. Justine Khainza Woman MP Bududa received the items in a handover ceremony held in Bududa this morning.
While handing over the items, Ms. Edroma expressed MTN’s heartfelt sympathy to the people of Bududa.
“We understand that this is such a trying time for you. We however hope that this little support we have rendered will offer you some comfort,” Ms. Edroma said, “Beyond being a telecom business entity, MTN Uganda is committed to positively impacting the lives of the communities it serves.
In his keynote remarks, Hon. Nabutanyi thanked MTN for remembering his community in its time of need.
“As you can see, many of the people have been left with nothing. These items that you have provided are very much appreciated. We thank MTN for being our trusted friends,” Hon. Nabutanyi said.
Hon Khainza noted that over 100,000 people are living precariously in Bududa district. The government recently started relocating landslide victims in the district to Bunambutye Sub-county in Bulambuli District. More than 90 families who survived the October 2018 landslides have so far been relocated to the area where 101 houses were built out of the planned 900 houses.