The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) has donated items worth Ugx 120m to 23 government aided schools across to country as part of its ‘Education’ social and community intervention.
The items like books, solar panels, scholastic materials, water tanks, braille machines for the visually impaired, beds and mattresses, sewing machines among others will benefit schools with children with special education needs.
Speaking at the handover of some items at Bethlehem Children’s home in Busega, Kampala, NSSF Ag Managing Director Geraldine Ssali said that the Fund is carrying out a number of community activities throughout the country as part of the Fund’s Customer Connect Week.
“At this time every year when we hold a customer week, we participate in a number of community activities across the country. This year, we are undertaking community activities focusing on Education, specifically for the less privileged and disabled children in Government aided schools, with a bias towards provision of relevant materials to aid study and improve the learning environment,” Ssali said.
She added that the Fund was motivated to support schools that provide education for children with disabilities in order to improve the learning environment in such schools that do not have sufficient resources.
In Kampala, schools benefiting from the Fund’s support include Bethlehem Children’s School, Kireka home for children with special education needs, Uganda School for the Deaf – Ntinda, Mulago School for the deaf, Kampala school for the physically handicapped, Shimoni Demonstration School, Kololo and Katalemwa Cheshire Home
In Eastern Uganda, the Fund is giving out items to Ursulah Special Needs School, Wanyange, Budadiri Girls Primary School in Mbale, St. Francis Secondary School for the Blind – Madera in Soroti and Kangole Primary school in Napak District.
In Northern Uganda, the schools receiving support include Ediofe Girls Primary School, Gulu Primary School and Ikwera Primary School.
Others are Entebbe Children’s Welfare School, Kitovu Mobile, Bishop West Primary school in Mukono, Canon Apollo Demonstration School, St. Bernadette’s Model Primary school Hoima, Masindi Centre for the handicapped, Tukore Invalid Primary School in Mbarara, and Wakiso Secondary School.
The Fund focuses on the Youth, Health, Education and the Disadvantaged for its social responsibility and community interventions.
In October last year, NSSF launched the Torch Awards, an initiative through which it established partnerships with four community based organisations to implement social development projects for a year.