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Procter & Gamble Marks 12 Years Of Sharing Clean Drinking Water

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Procter & Gamble (P&G) is committed to leveraging a tiny packet in a big way for the one billion people who still live without clean drinking water. Today, P&G announced that its non-profit initiative, the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program (CSDW), has provided its 12th billion litre of clean drinking water as part of P&G’s commitment to help address the global water crisis.

This key milestone was celebrated in Kampala, where CSDW was also marking its 12th year of providing clean drinking water to needy communities around Uganda. Since its inception in 2004, CSDW has worked with a global network of more than 150 advocacy and implementation partners by providing clean drinking water during emergencies and in sustained community programs.

Procter &Gamble’s CSDW Program’s Director, Ms Allison Tummon Kamphuis said CSDW Program was initiated to address the global crisis of lack of access to clean drinking water using a simple technology that is the P&G Purifier of Water.

“We’ve seen the tremendous impact these packets can have when they are made available to people who need them,” said Ms Tummon. “The ability for people to make their own clean drinking water helps families avoid waterborne diseases, keeps children healthy so they can stay in school and helps entire communities.”

Commissioner of Water and Environmental Sector, Engineer Disan Ssozi (L), and Procter & Gamble CSDW Program Director, Ms Allison Tummon Kamphuis (R) pose for a photo with the beneficiaries during the celebration of giving away 12 billion litres of clean water.

Commissioner of Water and Environmental Sector, Engineer Disan Ssozi (L), and Procter & Gamble CSDW Program Director, Ms Allison Tummon Kamphuis (R) pose for a photo with the beneficiaries during the celebration of giving away 12 billion litres of clean water.

“Through a powder technology that kills deadly viruses and bacteria, removes dirt, parasites and other pollutants, contaminated water is made clean and drinkable for thousands of families across the country. Since 2004, P&G Purifier of Water Packets have been shared in more than 85 countries and the program has grown thanks to a worldwide network of NGO and government partners,” she added.

The P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Programme in Uganda is one of the larger P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water initiatives worldwide. Working with PSI’s local affiliate PACE Uganda, ChildFund, Alive Medical Services, Save the Children, MSH, FXB, Action Against Hunger and others, P&G has helped purify more than 400 million litres of dirty water since 2005. P&G works with both local and international partners to provide clean water to families in rural areas, people affected by cholera outbreaks and floods as well as to people living with HIV-AIDS.

P&G’s commitment to Uganda continues and specifically, this year, the company will invest more than 1.6 billion UG shillings to provide nearly 60 million liters of clean drinking water to more than 75,000 people in Uganda.

In Uganda, 35% of people do not have access to safe drinking water. This not only affects their health, but also their education and economic opportunities – thus perpetuating a seemingly inescapable cycle of poverty.

Speaking at the event, the Commissioner of Water and Environmental Sector, Engineer Disan K. Ssozi commended Procter and Gamble for their continuous efforts to improve the lives of thousands of Ugandans.

“The impact of the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Programme cannot be over-emphasized because lack of access to clean water has detrimental effects on families and communities. Providing a way for these communities to access to safe water helps them lead healthier, productive lives which in turn lead to better socio-economic standing.”

“The Ministry of Water and Environment has registered great success in improving access to safe water across the nation. And with partners such as Procter and Gamble coming in to supplement these efforts, I firmly believe that we will soon be able to fulfil our vision of providing clean and accessible water to every Ugandan,” he concluded.

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Uganda Insurers Association in Life Insurance Digital Campaign

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Ms. Miriam Magala, CEO Uganda Insurers Association

Ms. Miriam Magala, CEO Uganda Insurers Association during the press briefing.

Uganda Insurers Association (UIA), the umbrella organization for all the insurance companies in Uganda, has embarked on efforts to create awareness and encourage uptake of Life insurance in Uganda.

The highly emotional campaign kicked off on UIA’s social media pages featuring children answering a series of questions about how they envision life without their parents and guardians. Through this digital based campaign, UIA intends to encourage families to take up life insurance policies by appealing to them to secure a future for themselves and their dependants.

According to the Uganda Insurers Association, Life assurance is a contract between an insurance policy holder and an insurer, where the insurer promises to pay a specified beneficiary a sum of money upon the death of the insured person or upon the happening of another specified event.

Life insurance generally falls under four categories:

• Whole Life Insurance policies which cover the entire life time of the policy holder. The premium is paid till the expiry of an agreed period and the policy pays out at death- whenever death occurs during the policyholders’ lifetime.

• Term Insurance policies which are taken for specific periods of time and because the time/period is specified, premiums are either paid throughout that period or as a single premium summing all future payments.

• Endowment policies, like term insurance policies, are taken for specified periods and premiums are paid throughout the term of the policy or until death-whichever occurs first. These are primarily for financial benefit of policy holder, and secondarily for protection of family in case of death.

• Pension Plans/Annuities allow you to pay regular premiums until the usual retirement age (usually 60 years) after which the insurer makes monthly, quarterly or annual pension payments to you until you die.

Commenting about the life insurance efforts, Ms. Miriam Magala, the UIA Chief Executive Officer, noted that with a relatively steady and growing economy, there is an increase in the number of Ugandans who can afford insurance, but many of them lack awareness about the policies and their benefits.

“By focusing on life insurance, UIA will help families, businesses, employers, and other parties to protect against a financial loss that occurs when someone dies or is no longer able to work for certain reasons. Additionally, through life insurance, Ugandans will get a cushion during their old age when their ability to engage in productive work is minimal,” she noted.

This is not the first time that the Uganda Insurers Association has embarked on a campaign to create awareness of an insurance policy. Throughout 2017, the association held a country wide insurance literacy campaign through which they created awareness for Life insurance, agriculture insurance, Workers Compensation Insurance, Motor Third Party and Comprehensive insurance.

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Sheraton Kampala Hotel hosts Muslim clients to Iftar diner

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Sheraton Kampala Hotel hosted their Muslim clients to a mouthwatering dinner as they kicked off the month of Ramadan. The dinner was held to thank the Muslims clients for the continued support to the hotel and to also wish them a fruitful fasting period.

The dinner was attended by clients from various organizations and industries with a guest profile ranging from managers, ambassadors, business people, media personalities to mention but a few together with their spouses.

While addressing the guests during the dinner, the General Manager, Sheraton Kampala Hotel, Jean-Philippe Bittencourt encouraged the Muslims to keep up with the good spirit of brotherhood as they observe this Ramadan. He further thanked them for the immeasurable support to the Sheraton hotel through their respective organizations
and as individuals and encouraged them to work as a team for peace and unity to be realized.

“Thank you all for respecting the Holy Month of Ramadan and making a point to fast, and we encourage all our clients to come and break their fast at Sheraton Kampala’s Paradise Restaurant where we have a very special Iftar corner accompanied by a lavish buffet every Monday through to Saturday.” Concluded Bittencourt.

As part of its value, Sheraton Kampala Hotel aims to respect all religions, races and disciplines, and holding the Iftar diner is a symbol that everyone is equally welcome at the Hotel.

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Mukono, Jinja residents rewarded in Samba Ne Coca-Cola promotion

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The excitement was palpable in Mukono and Jinja towns when beverage giant Coca-Cola handed over 30 prizes to lucky consumers as part of the ongoing Samba Ne Coca-Cola promotion.

The excitement was palpable in Mukono and Jinja towns when beverage giant Coca-Cola handed over 30 prizes to lucky consumers as part of the ongoing Samba Ne Coca-Cola promotion.

The handovers which begun in Mukono town on Saturday last week saw six lucky consumers receive brand new Hisense 32 inch TV screens. The winners included St. Paul’s Catholic Cathedral’s Father Paul Sebitoogo who purchased a crate of soda during the Cathedral charity marathon and received his prize immediately.

Held at Kazimingi grounds, the Jinja town handovers attracted traders from the central market, taxi operators from the nearby park and passers-by who were all excited to see over 30 winners receiving their prizes from Coca-Cola. Other winners in Jinja town walked away with brand new t-shirts, balls and crates of soda for taking part in the promotion.

“We still have exciting prizes and money to hand over to our consumers. Keep drinking and checking under the white crown and we shall bring the prize to you,” commented Coca-Cola Uganda Marketing Manager Mrs. Maggie Kigozi.

Samba Ne Coca-Cola was launched in April this year in partnership with World Cup Official broadcaster Multichoice and Global partner HiSense to bring the World Cup closer to consumers all across Uganda.

Since its launch, lucky consumers across the country have been winning Television sets, Multichoice Dishes and Decoders, soccer balls, brand new t-shirts, packs of soda and cash prizes. Over five lucky subscribers have already taken home UGX4,000,000 and two have won the UGX 10,000,000 jackpot so far.

To participate in the Samba Ne Coca-Cola promotion, consumers simply have to purchase a Coca-Cola, Fanta, Sprite, Novida, Krest or Stoney 300ml glass or 500ml plastic bottle bearing a white crown and check under the crown for their exciting prize. Redemption of prizes will be at identified distribution points all across the country and consumers are encouraged to look out for these redemption centers in press and posters.

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