The Ruparelia Foundation, a charity arm of Ruparelia Group in a goodwill gesture amid the lockdown in conjunction with Cedric Babu the aspiring member of parliament for Kampala Central, has this morning started the distribution exercise to feed over 5500 families in and around Kampala as a way of giving back to communities during this Codiv19 pandemic lock down.
According to the foundation, purpose of the tour is not only to show love and support these trying times of coronavirus, but to also sanitize the local community on what precautions and measurers they can do to protect not only themselves and their families, but also the communities in which they live.
The exercise that will last for four days has started on Saturday March 28, 2020 with Kagugube, Bukesa, Kisenyi 1,2 and 3 parishes in Kampala Central Division.
According to Mr. Rajiv Ruparelia, the group’s Managing Director, the whole program will roll for four days across the 12 parishes, all in Kampala Central Division, as outlined yesterday.
“We’ve started. Tomorrow Sunday we will be in Kamwokya 1&2, Kololo 1,2,3&4, then Monday we will cover Mengo, Old Kampala, Shauriyako, Nakasero 1,2,3&4 and finally Tuesday we will finish with Industrial area, covering different areas including Civic Center,” tycoon Rajiv said.
Mr. Rajiv Ruparelia added that the gesture is part of their core principles of reaching out to the needy in such circumstances like it is under the outbreak of the Coronavirus.
“We thank the teams that are working tirelessly especially the President, the Health Minister, Permanent Secretary, doctors and nurses and all the medical teams, police and security agencies for the good work” Mr. Rajiv added.
According to Mr. Babu with a theme fighting CoronaTogether, Babu said “We are going through a difficult period right now. This is the time for us to show collective responsibility. We have to unite and pull together as communities and follow the guidelines as set by Ministry of Health if we are to get though the crisis.”
Jyotsna Ruparelia co-founder of Ruparelia Foundation said coronavirus does not discriminate against social class, religion or ethnicity. It simply kills. This is the time when we all must know – right from kindergarten going school children to us right up to adults and grandparents.
He added that there is also the need to thank His Excellency, President Yoweri Museveni for taking swift and decisive measures to contain the virus, the minister of health, Jane Aceng, Dr.’s, nurses, public health experts and the various security organs for their tireless efforts in trying to keep Uganda safe.
“As Ruparelia Foundation Basing on our catchphrase “Enriching Lives Together”, for the past seven years the Foundation has worked together with several people championing positive change in different communities across the country to achieve our goal of having improved livelihoods in society.”
“The foundation works to improve a solution directly with strategic partners from the business, government and non-profit sector. Our focus areas include health care, education, sports, wildlife and environment conservation, disaster relief, startup and general welfare,” he added.
The items distributed include Sanitizers, maize flour, beans sugar, soap among other essential items for home consumption.
The 5000 families benefiting from 5000 care packages are drawn from across the country selected from the community. The package include, sugar, soap, posho among other commodities.
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