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Vice Chancellor Flags Off Aid Bududa Community Relief Items

  • In General
  • 2 Nov 2018 - 12:16pm
  • By Mark Wamai
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The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (holding flag) and Chairperson MUASA-Dr. Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi (to his right) flanked by Members of Management, MUASA Executive and students at the ABC Initiative Flag off Ceremony, 2nd November 2018, Freedom Square, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe on the morning of Friday, 2nd November 2018 flagged off an assortment of relief items under the Aid Bududa Community (ABC) initiative to Bududa District. Launched on 15th October 2018, the ABC is spearheaded by the Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA) and will be carried out in two phases; the Benevolent Phase 1 and Scientific Phase 2.

“We thank the Management, entire Makerere University Community and our friends for supporting Phase 1 of the initiative. We particularly thank our sister associations MASA (Makerere University Academic Staff Association), NUEI (National Union of Educational Institutions of Uganda-Makerere University Branch), the Chaplaincies and the University Mosque who tirelessly worked with us to achieve this objective,” remarked MUASA Chairperson Dr. Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi at the flag off ceremony.

Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (at the wheel) and Chairperson MUASA-Dr. Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi (Left) pose for a photo opportunity at the truck ferrying relief items to Bududa District

According to Dr. Kamunyu, items collected under Benevolent Phase 1 of the ABC initiative included;

  • Approximately 180 bales of clothes
  • 5 bales of blankets
  • 5 sacks of shoes
  • 2,000kilogrammes of maize floor
  • 1,000kilogrammes of beans
  • 5,040 Not-For-Sale 96page exercise books
  • 4,000 Nice Clear pens
  • 3,500 pencils and
  • An assortment of domestic items

The items will be delivered to Bududa District by a delegation comprising MUASA Executive and Members of Staff, Student leaders, as well as members of the student community.

Under the Scientific Phase 2, MUASA will work with the Makerere University Centre for Climate Change Research and Innovation (MUCCRI) to restore a plot of land using the landscape approach, so that communities exposed to similar environmental risks elsewhere can adopt the same preventive techniques. A team of Sociologists, Anthropologists, Mountain Hydrologists, Foresters, Environmentalists, Public Health Experts, Educationists, IT Specialists and a host of other experts from Makerere University and beyond will take part in Phase 2.

The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe is mobbed by students at the ABC Initiative flag off ceremony

In his remarks, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe thanked the MUASA Chairperson, his Executive as well as the Makerere University Community including the student body for responding generously to the landslide disaster in Bududa especially through a phased approach.

Makerere University is easily the biggest brand name in the Country and it is within our social responsibility that we are seen to be strategically responding to disaster. I believe that what we have been able to do through the ABC initiative will go a long way to help victims of the Bududa landslides” remarked the Vice Chancellor.

Prof. Nawangwe particularly commended the innovative branded stationery, which he said would bring hope to landslide victims and take their mind off the disaster. He also commended MUASA for thinking about Phase 2, which will more importantly enable Makerere University to work with the Bududa community to change the way they live.

Chairperson MUASA-Dr. Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi (2nd L) and Principal Public Relations Officer-Ms. Ritah Namisango (C) with MUASA Executive Members and Mak Staff at the flag off ceremony, Freedom Square, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

“Phase 2 of the ABC initiative will help our communities to view Makerere University in a different light. As experts in different fields, we have the responsibility to not only lend a helping hand but also give guidance to communities on how they can live better, especially if there is suffering,” said Prof. Nawangwe.

“I am equally happy to see our students here, smartly dressed in their undergraduate gowns. On behalf of the University Council and Management, I thank you MUASA for spearheading this initiative and it is now my pleasure to flag off this consignment of relief items to Bududa” concluded the Vice Chancellor.

 

Article by Public Relations Office

 

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