Airtel Uganda has donated items worth Uganda shillings 50 million to Masuulita Children’s Village (MCV), a rehabilitation home for neglected and abandoned children run by the Uganda Women’s Effort to Save Orphans (UWESO).
The donation contained assorted food items; a chain-link to improve on safety and security of children, scholastic material, play items, food, health, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) items like sanitary pads for girls and Vaseline. These were handed over to UWESO by Airtel Uganda’s Managing Director, Mr. Manoj Murali at an event held on Wednesday, 11th May 2023 at MCV in Wakiso District.
Mr. Murali expressed his gratitude towards UWESO’s patron, Hon. Janet Kataha Museveni and the entire leadership of UWESO for their commitment to safeguarding Ugandan children. He reassured of Airtel’s devotion to improving education standards, maternal health conditions, and child-friendly environments through innovations across different sectors of Uganda’s economy.
“We stand here on the shoulders of those who dreamt of saving the plight of underprivileged children of society. You have entiringly committed to this vision since 1986 and we thank you for this, “Mr. Murali remarked.
Mr. Murali further urged the children to participate in economically transformative ventures that will uplift their lives and those of their families when they return to their families of origin. He also stated that through Airtel’s 100% 4G network, they are working on partnerships to digitize learning in Uganda to improve the learning outcomes of children.
“Masuulita Children’s Village has not only provided social protection for children from the streets of Kampala but also given them a space where they can learn life skills, agriculture, and have an education. Through our 100% 4G network, we are working on Partnerships to digitize learning in Uganda to improve the learning outcomes of our children,” He added.
The UWESO National Executive Committee (NEC) Chairperson, Olive Birungi Lumonya, conveyed her appreciation towards Airtel Uganda’s support and dedication towards addressing matters of orphans and vulnerable children.
Lumonya further revealed that the organization, in partnership with USAID is implementing a project in Eastern Uganda (USAID Orphans and Vulnerable Children North East Activity) and requested that the UWESO-Airtel partnership can be expanded beyond Masuulita to other projects in different regions of Uganda.
“I urge that the gesture of today can be replicated by many loving Ugandan and non-Ugandans. When we talk about children in the streets, it is not a problem of anyone else, it is each and every single individual who moves the streets of Uganda…” Lumonya urged.
The UWESO Chief Executive Officer, Specioza Kiwanuka, thanked Airtel for their kindred spirit towards supporting a noble cause of creating a peaceful environment for children. She revealed that since August 2022, Masuulita has received over 273 children and resettled 151. Currently, the Centre has 104 children in care.
Airtel Uganda’s Public Relations Manager, David Birungi, stated that Airtel Uganda, through the Airtel Cares Program is committed to supporting ventures that empower Ugandan children to become better and responsible citizens.
Airtel Uganda donation will have a significant impact on the children’s lives at Masuulita Children’s Village, providing them with access to basic necessities and resources that will help them survive and thrive.