Prudential Uganda donates Shs300m in Covid-19 food relief

Issued by: Prudential Uganda

Prudential Uganda executives pose with a dummy cheque
Prudential Uganda executives pose with a dummy cheque after announcing the company’s contribution to the Covid-19 fund. Photo: Courtesy

Prudential Uganda on Monday donated Shs300m towards food relief in the country.

The donation will be spent on feeding the most vulnerable and poor, who have been greatly affected by the lockdown implemented to control the spread of the virus. Two organisations will distribute the food relief: Humanitarian Operations Projects and Emergencies (HOPE) and Heal the Planet Global Organisation (HTP).

“Communities across the country have been greatly affected by lockdown measures designed to curb the spread of Covid-19. These measures, while implemented with positive intent, have adversely affected the most vulnerable people in our communities, who survive by being able to access urban centres every day for their livelihood. Disruption of this routine means some people are going hungry in their home,” said Arjun Mallik, managing director of Prudential East Africa at a press conference held at the company’s head office in Kampala.

Mr Mallik added that Prudential’s donation is intended to supplement government food relief efforts.

Emmanuel Kashaija, the country director of HOPE, thanked Prudential for supporting vulnerable populations in the western region. He profiled these as elderly people, orphan households, pregnant women, street children and the disabled, adding that the food relief will go a long way in improving their well-being.

“I would like to thank Prudential for its timely response towards helping slum dwellers around Kampala in the areas of Nsambya, Katwe, Bwaise and Makerere Kivulu, Makindye, Masajja. These people are in dire need of food and we will work with the local council to make sure food is delivered at their doorstep.” said, Benjamin Kivumbi Earnest, the President of HTP.

This food relief fund is part of the contributions Prudential Uganda has made towards the fight against Covid-19. Very early on in the crisis, Prudential took the decision to ensure that all its clients, staff, and agents that might, unfortunately, get diagnosed with Covid-19, are given a cash pay-out to help their families manage expenses.

The Prudential food relief fund is supported by the Prudence Foundation, the community investment arm of Prudential plc in Asia and Africa, and the Chairman’s Challenge, Prudential’s flagship international volunteering programme that brings together people from across the group to help their communities.

Nashiba Nalubega
Communications, Prudential Uganda

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