COVID-19 RESPONSE PROGRAM BY CHILD FUND GETS A BOOST
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Child rights organization, Child Fund will be able to reach out to more communities in its COVID-19 response program. This is courtesy of a 129 million donation package from Standard Chartered Bank. The money will go towards the ongoing response to COVID19 prevention for Kampala Metropolitan Area in the divisions of Rubaga, Makindye, Nakawa and parts of Wakiso district. The donation will be used to promote and strengthen positive knowledge, skills, and practice among 2,300 households and other highly congested places such as market areas in response to the COVID19 pandemic. Together with Kampala Area Federation of Communities, Child Fund Uganda’s Implementing Partner, the funds will be used in procuring handwashing facilities for communal places of high congestion, developing, and producing Information Education and Communication materials to aide risk communication within the vulnerable communities. This is in addition to working with and supporting Village Health Teams to ensure that children and their families have appropriate and accurate information about COVID19 prevention and compliance measures per Standard Operating Procedures put forward by government. Albert Saltson, CEO Standard Chartered Bank Uganda upon making the donation said their partnership with Child Fund is an opportunity to respond to the devastating effects of COVID on children. “We are delighted to partner with Child Fund Uganda to reach more masses in populous areas - COVID19 Pandemic has had devastating effects on our society and we are partnering with Government and NGOs to support the communities to curb the spread and prevent any negative shocks” He said. Child Fund Uganda’s Country Director Moses Otai welcomed this collaboration and financial support from a socially responsible corporate partner in ensuring that all is done to stem the spread of COVID 19, strengthen community resilience and ensure child and family safety from all associated effects of COVID19. “Child Fund looks forward to working with more corporate sector partners to reach more communities and families in a sustainable way.” Otai said.