Buliisa flood affected women receive relief aid

Lake Albert flood affected women queue up to receive relief aid from Action Aid International Uganda at Butyaba Church of Uganda in Buliisa District on Tuesday, December 29, 2020. (Courtesy photo).

As floods continue wreaking havoc at the shores of Lake Albert, Action Aid International Uganda partnering with Recreation for Development and Peace (RDP) has observed that women are the most suffering people due to the catastrophe.

As a result the organization has decided to donate a batch of relief aid to the affected women in Buliisa District where items worth millions of shillings have been donated to 700 people displaced by the floods.

The beneficiaries in the three sub-counties including Buliisa, Kigwera and Butyaba have received such food items as beans, maize flour and cooking oil.

Other non food items distributed to the flood victims include jerry cans, sanitary towels, soap, water purifying tablets, mosquito nets, tarpaulins and blankets among others.

Speaking at the distribution exercise, Mr Frank Byaruhanga, the Action Aid Digital Learning Inspirator, said “the donation specifically targeted women since they are the most marginalised and vulnerable people”.

He revealed that Action Aid will continue distributing sanitary towels since they are essential to their daily life.

The partners have also donated Covid-19 protective gear like facemasks in the district.

A consignment of relief items arrives at Butyaba Church of Uganda in Buliisa District on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 to help women affected by floods of Lake Albert. (Courtesy photo).

The donation was delivered by Ms Christine Adokorach, a social movement inspirator Action Aid and Mr Robert Muhangi, the RDP Executive Director at a function held at Butyaba Church of Uganda in Butyaba Town Council, Buliisa District.

Receiving the donation on behalf of the beneficiaries, the chairperson Women in the Lead, Ms Hellen Odongo, said hailed the non government organisations for the relief items that she said will add value to their life.

Handing over the items Ms Adokorach said residents of Masaka, Katanga, Songalendu, Katala and Kalolo, Magali, Piida A and B, Booma and Kigangaizi in Butyaba, Buliisa and Kigwera sub-counties respectively benefitted from donation.

Mr Bernard Barugahara, the Buliisa District Community Development Officer (CDO), appreciated the donation urging other non government organisations to emulate Action Aid.

“The district and the central government are in touch to support the flood affected people in the district. The Office of the Prime Minister is aware and they are planning to relocate the flood victims. However, it is still a long process,” the CDO said.


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