MTN Uganda Foundation has injected 330 million Uganda Shillings in SOS Children’s Villages, a home and social welfare child care organization that looks after over 13,000 disadvantaged children in Uganda.
The donation will ensure that all the children’s learning will be facilitated with a midday meal, school uniforms, scholastic materials namely pens, pencils, geometry sets and school textbooks with accompanying Teacher guides.
To ensure that the girls remain in school they will be provided with Girl kits, which is a self-support health package containing reusable sanitary towels, panties and medicated soap for use during their menses.
The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has estimated that 68% of children in Uganda who enroll in primary school are likely to drop out before finishing the prescribed seven years
The donation is expected to increase attendance and retention of over 3,700 school children in 20 community primary schools where SOS Children’s Villages operate in Gulu, Kabarole, Entebbe and Wakiso districts.
Launching the partnership, MTN Senior Manager, Corporate Affairs Miss Justina Ntabgoba said, “MTN was particularly moved by a handwritten letter from one of the children under SOS Uganda’s care requesting for MTN’s support in ensuring that her fellow children attend school.
The partnership was launched at the SOS Children Village branch in Kakiri, 25 kilometres north-west of the capital Kampala.
Ms. Olive Lumonya, the National Director of SOS Children Villages Uganda hailed MTN Uganda for partnering with SOS in their project to make a difference in the lives of the children under her care. Noting that this was the single biggest contribution by a corporate company so far, Lumonya encouraged other companies to support and fill the funding gap and come to the rescue of the children.