MTN Commissions Shs. 230m Water Project In Amuria District

for sale sans-serif;”>He said this during a function last week on Thursday in district as he handed over water facilities to the communities.

approved sans-serif;”>“MTN Uganda is committed to changing the lives of Uganda’s in the less privileged and marginalised communities through its various corporate social responsibility initiatives and commended everyone who contributed to the successful implementation of the water project,” said Mazen.

This project was funded by the proceeds from the MTN Kampala Marathon 2011. It was launched in May to see 10,000 people in the remote villages of Willa Sub County, Amuria District to access clean and safe drinking water as well as promote a better sanitation culture.

Last year’s marathon raised Shs. 230m towards the provision of clean and safe water for the people of Amuria in partnership with Water Aid as an implementing partner. Amuria was selected as one of the most remote areas with a definite need for access to clean and safe water.

The function which was attended by the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Forum for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Ngora Woman MP Jacqueline Amogin saw the commissioning and handover of a number of water facilities that included 6 boreholes, 24 rain water jars, 5 ferro cement tanks and 509 Bio sand filters to the communities.

Amuria District is located in the Teso-Sub region and has got some of the most remote areas in Uganda with a definite need for access to clean and safe water. Residents of Willa Sub County have previously had to travel long distances to get water. Furthermore the water sources have largely been unsafe leaving the community vulnerable to risks of water borne diseases, among other hardships. In some communities, the only access to water has been small, polluted puddles or springs.

Country Representative of WaterAid Uganda, Alice Anukur said that Water is life and therefore access to clean and safe water is critical for the growth and development of the communities and the country as a whole.

“I would like to thank MTN Uganda for the contribution it has made towards meeting the millennium development goals of access to clean water for all,” she added.

This commissioning comes a week after the 9th edition of the Kampala Marathon under the theme ‘Run with your heart’ was launched at a Press Conference held at the Serena Kampala Hotel.

Mazen said that all proceeds from the 2012 MTN Kampala Marathon will go towards the provision of water for the people of Bududa through a partnership with Red Cross that will be tasked with ensuring that these proceeds reach the most deserving.

Speaking at the launch of the 2012 MTN Kampala Marathon, Mroué challenged both Ugandans and people across the region to turn up in large numbers to participate in Uganda’s biggest annual sporting event and contribute to impacting and changing lives for the people of Bududa who have previously been affected by landslides.

The MTN Kampala Marathon, an annual event that has attracted over 100,000 entrants across local and international spheres over the last nine years has raised close to Ushs. 700 million to help people in all the less privileged parts of the country.


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