By ABCafrica reporter
The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) last week awarded Shs80 Million to five outstanding community projects and recognized two journalists; whose excellent reporting was a catalyst for change in society, at the annual Torch Awards event at the Kampala Serena Hotel.
Child Health Education Empowerment and Rehabilitation Uganda (CHEER) was awarded Shs 20m, as the overall winner; under the health category. CHEER Uganda offers support for rehabilitation of children with physical disabilities.
Other winners included; Kyaninga Child Development Center from Western Region, Help Disabled Children Excel (HEDCHE) from Northern Uganda, Atrius Medicare from Central Region. They were awarded Shs15milion respectively. In the media category, Robert Mwanje of BSS TV scooped the award for overall winner and also got a lap top and professional camera, while Malcom Musiime of NTV emerged as 1st runners up and won a lap top.
Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda applauded NSSF for the initiative. “It is gratifying that entities such as NSSF are getting involved in supporting community projects, not just here in Kampala, but also across the country. Over the last three decades, the Government of Uganda has implemented numerous projects, not only to uplift our communities from poverty, but also to empower them,”he said.
“I am pleased with the transformation the Fund has undergone over the last six years. Most people do not realize that social security is a fundamental human right, as articulated in Article 9 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,” added Rugunda.
Premier Rugunda in addition echoed that; Initiatives such as the NSSF Torch Awards are a welcome supplement to government programmes to uplift the lives of people and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals; including an end to hunger, poverty in all its forms, good health and well-being, quality education, Clean Water and Sanitation among others.
NSSF Managing Director Richard Byarugaba said the awards are premised on the fact that; as a socially responsible organization, the Fund has a duty to contribute to the wellbeing of the communities in which it operates.
“Our corporate social investment stems from our sustainable approach to doing business which involves being exemplary in our financial performance while at the same time setting high corporate social responsibility targets,” Byarugaba added.
The Annual Torch Awards is an initiative by NSSF, aimed at recognizing individuals and institutions that are transforming their communities and making a positive impact in Education, Health, Youth and other Disadvantaged Groups; as spelt out in the Fund’s Corporate Social Responsibility policy.