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StarTimes introduces home schooling for kids

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As we are still in the worldwide war against the COVID-19, it is understandable that people are suggested to stay at home in case of the possible virus spreading. For families with kids, StarTimes provide sufficient programmes through local and international channels including ST Kids, Nickelodeon, Da Vinci and Baby TV for the young audience to watch and learn. Apart from the DVB platform, the channels and content also are available on the OTT platform StarTimes ON, which can both be broadcast on live and repeated as required.

Starting April, more Children content will be broadcast on prime time, ranging from one to three hours a day. And the self-operated channel ST Kids specially adjusts the schedule to cater to the habit of young kids: Home schooling content in early morning for children at primary education stage; a series of fascinating cartoons before noon; 2 hours animations afternoon.

Home schooling is an educational TV program which opens the doors to creative education for students who have to stay at home due to COVID outbreak. Starting from March 27, the programme started airing on 27th March 2020 and it’s every Monday – Friday on ST kids by 10:00am CAT and includes science, handcraft, painting and dance.

Cleopatra Koheirwe, the PR Manager at StarTimes said, “Considering the fact that schools were closed due to the pandemic, we want to make sure that every child can stay safe while still achieving knowledge in both health and academic sectors in the comfort of their homes. Homeschooling keeps the kids occupied and entertained.”

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African Queen donates 18 tonnes of maize towards COVID-19 relief efforts

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African Queen, a leading distributor for fast-moving consumer goods in Uganda, has donated 18 tonnes of maize towards COVID-19 relief efforts.

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African Queen, a leading distributor for fast-moving consumer goods in Uganda, has donated 18 tonnes of maize towards COVID-19 relief efforts.

The donation comes in response to the President’s call to the private sector to support government’s efforts in offering relief to the vulnerable Ugandans most affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The African Queen team led by their Managing Director Innocent B. Tibayeita handed over their donation to Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut, the Minister in Charge of General Duties, Office of the Prime Minister on Tuesday.

“Our partners heard the plea of our President H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on offering support to the COVID-19 Task Force that has been mandated to not only lead the fight against the COVID-19 virus but also ensure proper distribution of food to those families that have been greatly affected during this time,” said Innocent B. Tibayeita. “African Queen thus wishes to make a donation of 18 tonnes of maize towards this cause.”

He further lauded the government for their concerted efforts in combating the pandemic.

The government continues to receive donations from the private sector in form of cash, new vehicles, foodstuffs, sanitizers, and essential medical supplies among others. The government has so far received contributions amounting to about Ugx 21 billon.

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Jibu Uganda donates 10,000 litres of drinking water to COVID-19 National Taskforce

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Jibu Uganda has made a donation of 10,000 litres of drinking water to the COVID-19 National Taskforce. The donation comes in the form of 2,000 bottles of 5L packaged drinking water.

According to Daniel Komunda, the Country Director of Jibu Uganda, the donation will go a long way in providing safe drinking water for vulnerable communities and the front line health workers.

“We are proud to support our government in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic, and are humbled to provide safe drinking water for distribution to vulnerable communities and essential workers who are at highest risk during this crisis.” Daniel Komunda said.

Jibu Uganda manages a network of 30 locally-owned drinking water franchises in Kampala, and in 11 other major towns across the regions of Uganda.

Komunda also noted that all Jibu shops across the country have increased their delivery capabilities during the lockdown, and have been offering free delivery and other support services to help customers remain safe at home.

Established in 2014, Jibu Uganda is a social enterprise that capitalizes, equips and trains local entrepreneurs to operate successful franchises designed to serve local communities with radically affordable, high-quality necessities.

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Airtel Uganda contributes Ugx 1.25 Billion towards fight against COVID-19

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Airtel Uganda has announced a contribution of 1.25 Billion Uganda shillings to the Ministry of Health in Uganda, primarily to support health workers on the frontline in the battle against COVID-19.

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As the number of cases positive with Coronavirus (COVID-19) increase daily, health workers continue to fight the outbreak on the front lines and this puts them at risk of contracting the virus due to their close proximity to the most severe cases. Without an influx of urgently needed protective equipment, more healthcare workers may fall ill, reducing the availability of care for patients.

It is from this background that Airtel Uganda is contributing Ugx 1.25 Billion to the Ministry of Health in Uganda, primarily to support health workers on the front line in the battle against COVID-19.

Commenting about the significant contribution, Mr. V.G. Somasekhar, the Airtel Uganda Managing Director said; “Today, we announce our additional support for Uganda’s COVID-19 response through a contribution of 1.25 billion Uganda shillings, primarily focused on supporting our frontline health workers. Now more than ever, we all need to apply our capabilities to the needs of nurses, doctors, midwives and community health workers. At this moment of crisis, no country can cope with what they need alone. The private sector needs to mobilize resources, alongside National Governments, to fight the raging pandemic.”

Speaking on behalf of the Ministry of Health, the Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng noted that, “this is an important partnership with Airtel in Uganda and demonstrates a real commitment to support our health workers who are battling day after day to defeat this pandemic. As individuals, members of the public should strictly follow the key hygiene measures and social distancing, to help flatten the curve of the epidemic, avoid overwhelming hospitals, and preserve access to healthcare.”

Airtel has already taken several steps to help mitigate the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak such as zero-rating the website for Ministry of Health, World Health Organization and many other websites where the public can access information from relevant authorities on the pandemic as well as education websites to enable students get free access to education materials while at home.

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Cashchart gives relief to it’s royal customers

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Through it’s Ugandan ambassador Annatalia Ozzy, cash chart, a financial technology and social app has provided relief(money) to it’s customers by not only giving posho to the ministry of health as sighted the previous week but also sending direct cash using Annatalia’s Social Media platforms. If you are asking yourself what cashchart is, it’s an app that is used for extensive services such as advertising , buying airtime ,paying bills and others transactions and it’s aimed at making social media more useful.

“Due to the corona pandemic and the increasing cases of gender based violence that was addressed by our ambassador Annatalia who advocates for gender equality. We thought about our royal customers and the victims(gender balanced violence) we opted to use Annatalia’s Social Media platforms because of her good reputation and her massive following to reach out our customers by sending them direct money on their phones” Mr.asha Namanya the CEO of cash chart said.

He applauded annatalia for being a creative hardworking and passionate ambassador despite the pandemic . He still asked Ugandans to follow the directives issued by the President and the ministry of health as a way of keeping their lives safe and he promised that cashchart will be doing more for it’s customers.

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