Absa Bank Uganda has confirmed organisations and institutions which will benefit from the UGX 200m collected from the inaugural Absa KH3 7 HILL Run which was held on 28th May in Kampala
The run, which was organised on 28th May, 2023 in partnership with the Kampala Hash House Harriers spanned over the seven iconic hills in Kampala. It was an initiative intended to support in keeping the girl-child in school.
Over 200m were collected as proceeds from the run, and Absa Bank has on Tuesday morning announced the allocation of those funds.
“We strive to be an active force for good in everything we do and believe that education is a right that every child should have access to. In the spirit of accountability, we are pleased to announce the allocation of funds through partners whose work is aligned to the overall cause of keeping the girl-child in school by playing a part towards tackling societal challenges namely reintegrating teenage mothers in school, providing skills training, and improving menstrual hygiene management to minimize school absenteeism and dropout rates among girls,” said Mumba Kalifungwa, Managing Director, Absa Bank Uganda.
“It was quite humbling to witness the overwhelming positive response that this activity received from the public. We registered 2500 runners, both from the individual and corporate organization categories.”
Of the 200m, UGX 90M is going to be channeled through World Vision Uganda, who will boost water, hygiene and sanitation initiatives ( WASH) targeted towards strengthening proper menstrual hygiene management for girls in Northern Uganda.
UGX 30 million will each go to existing initiatives by Wakisa Ministries, Integrated Efforts for Youth and Women Empowerment (IEYAWE) and the The Association for Rehabilitation and Re-orientation of Women for Development ( TERREWODE).
While UGX 20 million will go to Mukono Hill School, which is a USE school and will be used to buy sanitary pads for the girl-child at the school.
“We express our heartful gratitude to ABSA Bank for considering the fight of the Girl Child in the Karamoja region. Thank you for activating your networks and pooling resources towards the Menstrual Hygiene cause through the 7 Hill Run. ” World Visions’ Jeremiah Nyagah said in his remarks at the handover of the dummy cheque.
“Discussions on how we can scale up and sustain this intervention will continue with Absa and the government, through the ministry of Education and Sports district structures.
“My appeal to ABSA is that this conversation will continue. That Absa will activate their good business network whether online or physically and invite them to be part of this remarkable prize winning intervention.” He concluded.
These contributions and grants on an existing partnership with Wakisa Ministries, IEYAWE and TERREWODE to skill over 500 teenage mothers and women from the Central, West Nile and Albertine regions of the country in financial literacy and other skills necessary for their getting employed or starting businesses.