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Uganda Breweries announces scholarship scheme for needy students

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In an effort to curb youth unemployment and high school drop outs, Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL) has announced a scholarship scheme for academically deserving yet economically disadvantaged students in Western and Central Uganda.

Under this scholarship programme, Uganda Breweries will pay total fees of up to UGX 115,960,000 (One hundred and fifteen million, nine hundred and sixty thousand shillings) for 40 students to study from African College of Commerce and Technology (ACCT) Kabale, a training institution in Business, Management, Entrepreneurship, and Information Communication Technology and DATAMINE Institute based in Kampala.

The programme that is running under Uganda Breweries’ “Skills for Life Initiative”, will entail payment of tuition for their second year of study, entrepreneurship training as well as seed capital for those that would have excelled in the program.

It will be managed and run on behalf of UBL by technical expert, Enterprise Uganda, who have vast experience in SME development, training and mentorship in entrepreneurship.

Speaking during the announcement at ACCT Kabale, UBL Communications Manager, and Rhona Arinaitwe said, “At Uganda Breweries, one of our key priority areas is skilling youth. This is why under our Skills for Life Initiative, we continue to offer special opportunities to the nation’s brightest scholars who are less fortunate.”

Arinaitwe added that UBL does not stop at awarding these scholarships but goes ahead to provide career guidance and mentorship support for the beneficiaries on business start-ups and expansion skills which they will later use to increase job opportunities in their communities, improving their incomes and eradicating poverty in the long run.

“With this current programme, UBL shall give practical skills to these bright and innovative but less privileged students so that they can utilize the services to generate income and employ others from within their communities.”

The Director for ACCT Kabale, Adrian Ndemere, hailed Uganda Breweries Limited for its contribution towards uplifting education in the Western region in Uganda.

In 2018, UBL offered scholarships to 20 young and bright students from the farming communities in Acholi sub region in Northern Uganda, and offered them practical skills to enhance their employability or be used in self-employment. The two technical institutions that benefited from this project were Kitgum Technical Institute and Daniel Comboni Vocational Institute. From the total beneficiaries that were sponsored and skilled in October 2018, 86 percent of them have gone ahead and started businesses of their own.

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Kawempe blesses Chameleone for new political journey, declares self independent candidate for Mayoral race 2021

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Celebrated singer Jose Chameleone aka Joseph Mayanja today started his journey to his political career. On 8th April the singer in a press conference announced he had intentions to run for Mayor ce 2021.

This morning Joseph Mayanja started his journey with a visit to his birthplace in Kawempe where he did general cleaning in Kawempe market before he played soccer with natives.

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Joseph Mayanja then addressed residents and made his intentions for Mayoral race more clear. “I started my music journey here and you were the first people to support and push harder. Today I begin a new journey and I seek your blessings like you did with my music journey 20 years ago.” Chameleone said.

Joseph Mayanja has over time stressed he doesn’t hold any political card as he is an independent candidate. “I do not belong to any party, I am independent.”

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Kabira Country Club to host Easter Carnival

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The Easter holiday is upon us. In the spirit of Easter celebration, Kabira Country Club is organizing a mega Easter Carnival slated for Saturday, April 13th.

Dubbed “Kabira Easter market”, it will be a fun-filled affair featuring an artisan market with over 100 vendors and lots of entertainment including a live band. There will also be plenty of kids’ activities like face painting, egg treasure hunt, and full access to a playground fitted with jumping castles, swings and more games.

The event is free entrance and gates will be opened mid-morning.

With 95 luxurious guest-rooms and exceptional amenities, Kabira Country Club offers a perfect getaway for relaxation.

“Whether your stay is for business or pleasure, Kabira Country Club has all you could possibly need in a modern, comfortable hotel, situated in a wonderful location.” Vismay Maniyar, the general manager of Kabira Country Club noted.

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Coca-Cola enabling access to safe drinking water for refugees in Uganda

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Mark Hoogendam General Manager UBC - South Sudan Coca Cola poses for a photo with the local community.

Mark Hoogendam, General Manager UBC – South Sudan Coca Cola poses for a photo with the local community.

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Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company remains committed to the communities of the countries where it operates through a newly launched collaboration with Spain for UNHCR (The United Nations Refugee Agency). The project, known as “Water Assistance for South Sudanese Refugees in Uganda” is designed to ensure access to safe drinking water for South-Sudanese refugees in Uganda.

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Guaranteeing access to clean water and sanitation services for South Sudanese refugees in Uganda is the driving priority behind the collaboration between Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company and Spain for UNHCR. The project will be carried out in the settlement of Bidibidi, located in the district of Yumbe, west of the Nile River. As the largest camp for refugees from South Sudan, it covers approximately 234 square kilometers.

UNHCR and Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company seek to improve the water supply situation at the Bidibidi refugee camp settlement through installing a hybrid system that will ease extraction from one of the existing wells. In total, there are two functional hand pumps, one of them being this deep well where pumping water requires the strength of minimum two adults, meaning the process is strenuous and difficult. This new system will provide clean water to more than 6.500 people, covering a distance of 9km radius from the water site and creating 7 different distribution points, it is estimated that the recommended availability of 20L per person per day when the site is fully operating will be achieved.

Having access to clean water and sanitation infrastructure is key to ensure a healthy life. Additionally, clean water availability has the power to encourage gender equality, further education and generate income for people who have been forced to flee their homes as a result of war, persecution and violence.

Yet millions of people across the world are deprived of this essential need. The issue is particularly problematic in Southern Africa. The United Nations estimates that Sub-Saharan Africa alone must spend up to 40 billion hours per day collecting water.

The United Nations has also resolved that all refugees or asylum seekers must have access to safe drinking water. In Uganda, one of the largest countries of asylum in the world, 65.5% of over 1.22 million refugees come from South Sudan, where the conflict started in 2013 caused a massive exodus of civilians to neighboring countries.

Insufficient water supply in the Bidibidi settlement has led refugees to resort to collecting water from unprotected sources, including open ponds, streams and rivers, to meet domestic needs. Not only does this raise severe health concerns, but it also instigates gender issues and hinders education because women and children are generally the ones commissioned by their
families to fulfill the arduous task of extracting water from a deep well.

Other sources of clean water include tank trucks able to supply 40 m3 of water a day, a measure that is both expensive and unsustainable.

“Equatorial Coca-Cola has a long history supporting South Sudanese communities, we began our operations in the country in 2012, and we continue supporting them wherever they are, not only by providing beverages but with our community projects.” Mark Jan Hoogendam, General Manager, Equatorial Coca-Cola in South Sudan (UBC).

“Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda is honored to join Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company as they commission their collaboration with Spain for UNHCR in an initiative dubbed “Water Assistance for South Sudanese Refugees in Uganda” – Maureen Kyomuhendo, Public Affairs & Communications Manager, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda.

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda is already working with REHORE, a local NGO in Uganda to empower female refugees in three camps including Bidibidi under the Coca-Cola 5 by 20 program.

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