Kyambogo collectively distributes relief food to close community

Dr. Elizabeth Kyazike with a fellow staff giving out relief food to a community member. File Photo
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KAMPALA – Kyambogo University has donated and distributed relief food to the neighbouring communities including Banda and Kyambogo Community in Kampala. 

The relief food that includes posho and other basic needs such as soap among others is part of the University’s commitment to a mutual beneficial relationship with the host communities. 

This University on Tuesday handed over five tones of maize flour and 100 boxes to the National Task Force to support government’s current bailout plan to city vulnerable poor. 

The university specifically asked that her donation that was handed over to Deputy RCC Nakawa Division be distributed in her host communities including Banda and Kyambogo community. 

To ensure social distance, the relief food was distributed house to house, door to door and the elderly, sick and pregnant women and starving university dwellers were taken into account.

Community people receiving relief food from Kyambogo staff

Dr. Elizabeth Kyazike Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Science who led the campaign said that the whole process to give out food in Banda was done by the Nakawa RCC and the community Counsellor but mainly considering families who didn’t get when the government supplied. 

She said those who received a share from the National Taskforce didn’t qualify.  
“The major priority was students, there were quite a number of students staying within Banda, Kyambogo primary quarters, foreign students and those staying within the university quarters.  

“Then, some food was given to Askaris (security guards) within Kyambogo college school.

“We were looking at people who are really vulnerable, we wouldn’t think about teachers because we believe they can afford,” Dr. Kyazike said adding that “the process required resilience to get the clearance from Prime Minister’s Office to allow us to distribute the food to the community”.

“So, we stood with our Vice Chancellor to see that he got in touch with the area MP of Nakawa and the RCC in order to have this food cleared to come back to the community.” 

KyU becomes the very first public university to collectively come up and donate COVID-19 relief to the community.

Uganda is under extended lockdown as a measure to contain the spread of the disease.
Currently the country has 79 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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