MTN Uganda has Wednesday morning visited Bududa district to donate non-food relief items to victims of the recent landslides which left hundreds of survivors with no shelter, food and warm clothing among other needs.
While receiving the items, the LC 1 Chairman Richard Wauyo, thanked MTN saying they were grateful as the people of Wali and Bududa as a whole to MTN for responding to the disaster in a week after the landslides calamity.
“You have done a great job in partnership with Uganda Red Cross,” added Wauyo.
The landslides that happened last week left 6 dead and scores injured while over 80 households were washed away.
“I lost my child last week. As we run out of the house because of the landslides, I found out my child was gone,” said Nasoso Ephobia, a victim.
“The house was also swept away. Sadly my child was buried in the mud. I feel good that you have come to support us.”
Ibrahim Senyonga, a Relief Officer, said they have trained over 10,000 volunteers in the Elgon region.
“They can alert the communities when the weather is about to get bad. This reduces the magnitude of damage. The deaths from landslides are reducing every year,” he noted.
MTN Uganda’s Corporate Services General Manager, Ms. Enid Edroma, on her part, said: “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.”
She added: “On top of what we have here today, MTN staff supported the relief efforts of the Uganda Red Cross in Bududa by donating warm clothes and blankets as temporary support to the victims.”
Kyomukama Gordian who was Acting Chief Executive represented the MTN Uganda CEO Wim Vanhelleputte at the handover of relief items to landslide victims in Bududa.
“I would like to express MTN’s heartfelt sympathy to the people of #Bududa. Beyond being a telecom business entity, MTN Uganda is committed to positively impacting the lives of the communities it serves,” Kyomukama said.
He added: “The communities have supported us to be where we are today as MTN Uganda and that is why we continue to donate to the communities all over Uganda.”