One of Uganda’s leading 4G Internet Service Provider Vodafone Uganda has contributed UGX 10 million towards the second annual edition of the NSSF Kampala Hash Run which is scheduled to take place on Sunday 12th March, 2017 – starting from Pearl Africa Primary School, Nsambya, covering 21KM around the seven major hills of Kampala city i.e. Nakasero, Kibuli, Old Kampala, Namirembe, Rubaga, Lubiri, and Nsambya.
The Run which aims at collecting funds to renovate Kampala Public Schools is expected to draw over 1,000 runners who are dedicated to improving the lives of children in schools managed by KCCA.
This year targets to raise UGX 200 million which will go towards the renovation of three (3) primary schools – Makerere Primary School, Summit View Army Primary School and completion of works at Nakivubo Settlement Primary School.
Notably, during the first annual edition of the NSSF Kampala Hash Run which raised about UGX 65 million, it was all spent on the renovation of Nakivubo Settlement Primary School and the construction of a water facility at St. Ponsiano Kyamula Primary School. However, the renovation of Nakivubo Settlement Primary School wasn’t made complete and therefore will be accounted for after this years Hash Run.
The selected schools are in dire need for an overhaul, they are characterized with leaking roofs, mud floors, dilapidated walls with no windows. Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) is mandated to provide and support them with quality learning environments.
The City authority is challenged with a limited budget coupled with Land compensation for schools sitting on land owned by private individuals which leaves a lot of these schools in a vulnerable state, with the children studying in a less than desirable learning environment.
KCCA this year has budgeted UGX 500 million, an amount which can only facilitate refurbishment of one school out of the six most needy, however, 90% of the 79 city schools are remain in need of refurbishment.
In a press statement, Ms. Progress Chisenga noted that; “We partnered with the NSSF as our contribution to the transformation of a generation we foresee as tomorrow’s leaders, and providing a conducive learning environment is critical to building this nation”.
Vodafone Uganda now joins the likes of MTN Uganda, who have pioneered in these Kampala marathons in return of helping and giving back to the community.