look http://creativecommons.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/class.photon.php geneva;”>This is a pledge that MTN Uganda made to contribute towards the construction of houses in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, http://daylesfordartshow.com.au/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-media-list-table.php a non-profit organisation that focuses on building low cost houses for the under privileged.
Mazen Mrouè, CEO MTN Uganda, revealed that the 10 low cost houses were constructed at a cost of Shs.135 million.
“At MTN Uganda, we realize and understand the importance of continued support towards the communities where we operate. The landslide that displaced the people of Bududa shocked the whole country and the world and deeply touched us at MTN and that’s why we decided to come in and help,” he added.
Mroué has on Monday thanked the government for its efforts in resettling the affected families. He reiterated that the selection criteria for the beneficiaries of the houses, was set by MTN’s partners, Habitat for Humanity.
“It was based on consideration of the most vulnerable groups in the camps which included the women and children particularly families with babies and young children that need to be together to be able to cope with issues of hygiene, food and safety,” he said.
More than 400 people were buried alive; three villages destroyed in the one of the worst Bududa landslides on March 1, 2010. These landsides left more the 8,000 people displaced with destroyed gardens, animals and livelihood until they were relocated to temporary camps in Bududa.
MTN CEO, Mazen Mroue, Minister for Disaster preparedness, Musa Ecweru, Opening one of the houses donated by MTN
To date, 4000 people have been unaccounted for. Eighty nine households (406 individuals) have since been transferred by government to Kiryandongo District where they were allocated 2.5 acres of land.
Since then, government has relocated the displaced families to various camps. The government is also initially providing agricultural in-puts, equipment and food items for six months as they prepare to plant their own food.
“Governments all over the world are over whelmed by emergencies like these, and most times, especially in the developing world it is important for partners to answer the call and provide support for the relief efforts.
As Uganda’s number one corporate citizen, we believe it’s our obligation to support government efforts in areas like these,” Mroué said.
The partnership between MTN and Habitat for Humanity spans over 10 years. The first houses built through this partnership date back to 1999, with the first homes being in Mbale and Hoima districts. Since then, MTN Uganda has built a total of 237 homes in partnership with Habitat for Humanity housing close to 1380 individuals; this is the largest number of homes funded by a corporate company.
The MTN Uganda Foundation is a not-for-profit legal entity that was inaugurated in July 2007 as a vehicle through which MTN Uganda implements its’ Corporate Social Investments (CSI).
The Foundation strives to improve the quality of life in communities where MTN Uganda operates in a sustainable way. Over the past five years since its launch, the MTN Foundation has supported a number of initiatives in the areas of Education, Health, Arts and Culture, Environment, Community Development and Low cost housing.