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Procter & Gamble Marks 12 years of Sharing Clean Drinking Water.

Procter & Gamble (P&G) is committed to leveraging a tiny packet in a big way for the one billion people who still live without clean drinking water. Today, P&G announced that its non-profit initiative, the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program (CSDW), has provided its 12 billion litre of clean drinking water as part of P&G’s commitment to help address the global water crisis.

This key milestone was celebrated in Kampala, where CSDW was also marking its 12th year of providing clean drinking water to needy communities around Uganda. Since its inception in 2004, CSDW has worked with a global network of more than 150 advocacy and implementation partners by providing clean drinking water during emergencies and in sustained community programs.

Procter & Gamble’s CSDW Program’s Director, Ms Allison Tummon Kamphuis said CSDW Program was initiated to address the global crisis of lack of access to clean drinking water using a simple technology that is the P&G Purifier of Water.

Commissioner of Water and Environmental Sector, Engineer Disan K Ssozi, Procter &Gamble CSDW Program Director, Ms Allison Tummon take water with the beneficaries during the P&G celebrati

“We’ve seen the tremendous impact these packets can have when they are made available to people who need them,” said Ms Tummon. “The ability for people to make their own clean drinking water helps families avoid waterborne diseases, keeps children healthy so they can stay in school and helps entire communities.”

“Through a powder technology that kills deadly viruses and bacteria, removes dirt, parasites and other pollutants, contaminated water is made clean and drinkable for thousands of families across the country. Since 2004, P&G Purifier of Water Packets have been shared in more than 85 countries and the program has grown thanks to a worldwide network of NGO and government partners,” she added.

The P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Programme in Uganda is one of the larger P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water initiatives worldwide.  Working with PSI’s local affiliate PACE Uganda, ChildFund, Alive Medical Services, Save the Children, MSH, FXB, Action Against Hunger and others, P&G has helped purify more than 400 million litres of dirty water since 2005. P&G works with both local and international partners to provide clean water to families in rural areas, people affected by cholera outbreaks and floods as well as to people living with HIV-AIDS.

P&G’s commitment to Uganda continues and specifically, this year, the company will invest more than 1.6 billion UG shillings to provide nearly 60 million liters of clean drinking water to more than 75,000 people in Uganda.

In Uganda, 35% of people do not have access to safe drinking water. This not only affects their health, but also their education and economic opportunities – thus perpetuating a seemingly inescapable cycle of poverty.

Speaking at the event, the Commissioner of Water and Environmental Sector, Engineer Disan K Ssozi commended Procter and Gamble for their continuous efforts to improve the lives of thousands of Ugandans.

“The impact of the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Programme cannot be over-emphasized because lack of access to clean water has detrimental effects on families and communities. Providing a way for these communities to access to safe water helps them lead healthier, productive lives which in turn lead to better socio-economic standing.”

“The Ministry of Water and Environment has registered great success in improving access to safe water across the nation. And with partners such as Procter and Gamble coming in to supplement these efforts, I firmly believe that we will soon be able to fulfil our vision of providing clean and accessible water to every Ugandan,” he concluded.

Milkman Teaches Children about Environmental Conservation.

This weekend, parents and children who attended the Go Green festival got a chance to learn about environmental

This weekend, parents and children who attended the Go Green festival got a chance to learn about environmental conservation and participate in a free recycling workshop courtesy of VTD dairy’s MilkMan yoghurt – the main sponsor of the 2016 Christmas Green Festival.a-girl-wears-a-mask-made-from-a-used-milkman-can-this-was-during-the-milkman-recycling-workshop-at-the-go-green-festival

The recycling workshop, into which kids were admitted free of charge every round hour simply by presenting an empty MilkMan can, saw them make many awesome items such as spy masks, awesome shakers, cool hats and crowns as well as fancy hair bands from their MilkMan yoghurt cups.

Held annually since 2012, the Go Green festival, which attracts over 10,000 children, is aimed at enlightening the children on the values of conserving our environment through fun engaging activities. Last year, various exhibitors came on board to engage the children in more exciting ways on how to conserve the environment.

Speaking on behalf of MilkMan, Ms. Noa Hameiri, the Chief Marketing Officer, expressed excitement at the opportunity to directly engage children and teach them about environmental sustainability – something MilkMan is very passionate about.

“MilkMan and Go Green share the same eco-friendly agenda and that is the reason as to why we decided to take part in the festival, teaching the younger generation why and how they should conserve the environment and the benefits to their future and the future of the next generation,” she commented.

Hameiri also explained that sustainable environmental conservation and social development are some of MilkMan’s key concerns.

“At our factory in Rushere, we have put in place a state-of-art waste water treatment facility in order to ensure that our operations will not harm the environment,” she stated, adding that MilkMan supports the local community by purchasing all the milk from the farmers in the region thus offering them and their families a stable source of income.

In addition to the recycling tent, Milkman also had 4 points of sale throughout the day where everyone at the festival had an opportunity to purchase all the flavors of MilkMan yoghurt at UGX1,500 for the individual size and UGX3,000 for the family size.

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conservation and participate in a free recycling workshop courtesy of VTD dairy’s MilkMan yoghurt – the main sponsor of the 2016 Christmas Green Festival.

The recycling workshop, into which kids were admitted free of charge every round hour simply by presenting an empty MilkMan can, saw them make many awesome items such as spy masks, awesome shakers, cool hats and crowns as well as fancy hair bands from their MilkMan yoghurt cups.

Held annually since 2012, the Go Green festival, which attracts over 10,000 children, is aimed at enlightening the children on the values of conserving our environment through fun engaging activities. Last year, various exhibitors came on board to engage the children in more exciting ways on how to conserve the environment.

Speaking on behalf of MilkMan, Ms. Noa Hameiri, the Chief Marketing Officer, expressed excitement at the opportunity to directly engage children and teach them about environmental sustainability – something MilkMan is very passionate about.

“MilkMan and Go Green share the same eco-friendly agenda and that is the reason as to why we decided to take part in the festival, teaching the younger generation why and how they should conserve the environment and the benefits to their future and the future of the next generation,” she commented.

Hameiri also explained that sustainable environmental conservation and social development are some of MilkMan’s key concerns.

“At our factory in Rushere, we have put in place a state-of-art waste water treatment facility in order to ensure that our operations will not harm the environment,” she stated, adding that MilkMan supports the local community by purchasing all the milk from the farmers in the region thus offering them and their families a stable source of income.

In addition to the recycling tent, Milkman also had 4 points of sale throughout the day where everyone at the festival had an opportunity to purchase all the flavors of MilkMan yoghurt at UGX1,500 for the individual size and UGX3,000 for the family size.

Northern Region boys are the Kings of Airtel Rising Stars Season Six.

Season Six of the Airtel Rising Stars (ARS) National U-17 football tournament officially came to a close over the weekend at UTC play grounds in Lira district. Open to both boys and girls, the tournament featured sixteen teams from eight regions around the country competing to take the coveted national championships trophy home.

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The boys’ finals saw Northern region outclass Buganda region selected players when they scored two goals as soon as the first half kicked off. The own goal from Buganda region’s Musa Jjagwe gave Northern region an early lead. Not even Karim Byaruhanga’s second half goal could save Buganda region who eventually lost 2 – 1 to the Northern select players.

Buganda region’s consolation came in the girls’ category when their selected team defeated Eastern region girls 1 – 0 to defend their title. The only goal of the game was scored by Josephine Ndagire in the first half.

Speaking at the end of the tournament, Airtel Uganda Public Relations Officer Faith Bugonzi said the ARS platform, over the past five seasons, has been a medium of talent discovery for young stars, some of whom have gone on to play for different clubs in Uganda as well as the national team.

“For the last six years, Airtel Uganda, through the Airtel Rising Stars U-17 boys’ and girls’ football programme, has remained focused to the goal of developing grassroots talent and we are committed to carrying on this programme for many more years,” she said.

The FUFA Vice President and Chief Guest, Mr Justus Mugisha lauded Airtel Uganda for this great initiative.

“I would like to thank Airtel Uganda for not being self-centred with their sponsorship. Many sponsors come to us and only want to sponsor the Uganda Cranes but Airtel Uganda has proven to be the number one supporter of football in Uganda by sponsoring the beautiful game from the grass roots all the way to the top,” he stated before advising the youngsters to front discipline above anything else for chances of prosperity in their respective careers.

The winners of the national tournament walked away with trophies, certificates, balls, kits and a cash prize of UGX 5,000,000 each. The first runners-up also took home trophies, certificates, and a cash prize of UGX 3,000,000 each.

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Buganda region’s Tom Kakaire and Rashida Nankya were named ARS season six male and female MVPs respectively. They each took home a brand new mobile phone courtesy of Airtel Uganda.

Coca-Cola, Medshare Donate Medical Equipment worth Shs 1.4 Billion to Kamuli Hospital.

Over the weekend, 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.

With 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.

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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.

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.”

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

Rhines Girls and Wakiso Hill Boys Shine at ARS Buganda Regional Finals.

Last weekend, Buganda region U-17 boys’ and girls’ football teams faced off in the second regional games of the 2016 Airtel Rising Stars tournament played at the Technical Institute Grounds in Mubende and attended by residents of Mubende and surrounding districts, Airtel Uganda staff, members of FUFA as well as local leaders led by His Worship Ssekiziyivu Innocent, the Mayor of Mubende Municipality.

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The games that took place on Saturday and Sunday saw Rhines S.S girls and Wakiso Hill S.S boys emerge victors and receive trophies, certificates, balls, kits and a cash prize of UGX 1,000,000 each. The first runners up – Mubende Select team boys and Mukono Bishops team girls – took home trophies, certificates, and a cash prize of UGX 500,000 each.

Speaking during the award giving ceremony, Airtel Uganda Brand and Assets Executive, Mr. Musa Mayanja applauded all the participating teams, players and coaches for their perseverance, dedication and hard work throughout the tournament.

“Over the past five seasons, we have seen many former ARS players go on to play for different clubs in Uganda as well as the national team and we believe that those qualities that this youth tournament instilled in them were a major contributor to their growth,” he said.

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His Worship Ssekiziyivu Innocent, the Mayor of Mubende Municipality and Guest of Honor congratulated the winning teams and thanked Airtel Uganda and FUFA for their commitment to the development and empowerment of Ugandan youth through this soccer initiative. He also thanked the organizers for choosing Mubende town to host this prestigious youth tournament and encouraged the selected players to focus and train for the national championships.

The soccer talent search program will end in a fashionable football camp for select top talents who will emerge from the respective regions and will be mentored by professional football coaches and players.

Rainbow International School Uganda set for Climate Change Conference.

Uganda’s Little Hands Go Green, a local organization that fights against Climate Change using children led initiatives, has sealed a working partnership with Rainbow International School Uganda in support of the upcoming International Children Climate Change Conference.

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The conference which is in its third year will take place on Earth Day, 22 April 2016, at Rainbow International School. To kick off their partnership, Uganda’s Little Hands Go Green and Rainbow organized the first ever charity swimming competition dubbed ‘Swimathon’ to raise money to buy fruit tree seedlings.

The two entities used the event that took place on Saturday to hold a press conference to launch the International Children Climate Change Conference. Rainbow International School also used the press conference to announce that they have joined the Go Green campaign. They also declared their unspecified sponsorship of the children’s climate change conference.

“We at Rainbow are all proud to say that today is the day when we officially go green.” A statement released by the school owned by Midland Group of Companies read in part. “As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Midland Group and Rainbow have come out to strongly support environmental conservation efforts through tree planting.

We are thankful to all our students, parents and teachers that took part in the ‘Swimathon’ to raise funds that were handed over to Little Hands Go Green (Uganda) for the purchase of tree seedlings to plant all over Uganda. Let’s go Rainbow, let’s go Little Hands Go Green (Uganda), let’s go Uganda – make our country green!”  Drashna Kotecha the Director of Rainbow International School and Midland Group told journalists at the swimathon.

Joseph Masembe, the chief executive officer of Little Hands Go Green urged Ugandans to seek and create a patriotic culture of saving “our mother nature, our environment and ultimately our future” by creating a mass hysteria about tree planting by children both at school and at home.

“There is no one who is going to do it for us but ourselves. We have to tell our children it is their responsibility to protect the environment. Today we have involved them to get tree seedlings through this fun filled event of swimming. At the conference we will tell them why they should care about the environment and how they should do it.” Masembe explained.

APECOS benefits from Airtel Rwanda’s ‘14 days of love’ campaign.

APECOS (Association de Prise en charge des Orphelins du SIDA) are the latest beneficiaries of the ongoing Airtel Rwanda 14 Days of Love campaign.

Located in Niboye cell, Niboye sector, Kicukiro District, APECOS is an association that supports children and women affected by HIV/AIDS. The association sponsors 52 children with school materials, school fees and uniforms. Additionally, it also supports 36 mothers with income generating activities.

Airtel Rwanda staff with some of the beneficiaries of APECOS

Speaking to Madam Adrienne Muhimpundu, the coordinator of the APECOS, she said; “We are so delighted for having been able to get support from Airtel. The children and mothers will surely benefit further from the support Airtel has given us today.”

The 14 days of love campaign was launched by Airtel Rwanda to reach out to individuals, organizations and communities that help in ensuring the wellbeing of Rwandans. Through its 14 days of love campaign, Airtel is donating needed materials and resources to these individuals and organizations so as they can be able to boost their activities.

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