Lutheran World Relief (LWR) handed over items worth 250,000 USD (Approx. UGX 800,000,000) to Uganda Red Cross Society. The donations that included 160 Bales of Blankets and 220 cartons of school kits were handed over to the Secretary General of the Red Cross at their offices in Rubaga in August 2016.
The donation came at a time when Uganda is facing an influx of refugees and asylum seekers fleeing conflict in South Sudan. It has been reported that over 299,000 South Sudanese refugees displaced by violence crossed the border into Uganda in July, according to Andreas Needham the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) agency spokesman. The agency noted that over 2000 South Sudanese arrive in Uganda each day. This crisis has severely stretched the capacity of Uganda’s refugee centres and constrained the country in terms of providing social services, food, health, education, water and sanitation services to the refugees and therefore any help accorded by donors goes a long way in making a huge impact to the refugees.
While addressing the press during the handover of the items at the Uganda Red Cross offices in Rubaga, Kenneth Barigye, the Lutheran World Relief Country Director said, “We at Lutheran are happy that we are able to contribute even so little to help make the lives of those fleeing violence a little better away from their homes.”
According to Robert Kwesiga, the Secretary General-Uganda Red Cross Society, these donations will benefit the refugees surviving in refugee Camps in Yumbe & ‘Adjumani. “Many refugees who recently moved from South Sudan are camping in the different settlements, and they need our support. More so, we have shifted some to Yumbe to decongest the settlements in Adjumani. These donations we believe will benefit especially those recently shifted since they are in a more –hard to reach area, and as they settle in, we hope to distribute these items to them to enable them live a fairly decent life.”
Since 1985, LWR has been working with local partners in Uganda to address the root causes of poverty and improve the livelihoods of people in the community. “In making this donation to The Red Cross, we continue with our work of trying to improve the lives of people. We hope these items will provide emergency relief and support the camp's crowded schools and health centres.” Said Barigye.
“The scholastic materials will support children as they enroll in schools next term. Thank you LWR, and we pray that more partners will come on board and trust us with more resources to meet the needs of these vulnerable people,” Kwesiga said.
Each school kit donated by Lutheran World Relief has;
- 4 70-sheet notebooks, 8 in. x 10.5 in. (20 cm x 26.5 cm)
- 1 pair of blunt scissors
- 1 30-centimeter ruler
- 1 pencil sharpene
- 5 new, unsharpened pencils with erasers
- 5 ballpoint pens
- 1 eraser, 2.5 inches (6.35 cm)
- 1 box of 16- or 24-count crayons
- 1 cloth drawstring backpack to carry the supplies
“We want to appreciate partners like LWR who have come up to trust Uganda Red Cross with resources to support these emergency operations. We appreciate this partnership and the resources given to support the vulnerable people.” Said Robert Kwesiga