QNET through its corporate social responsibility arm, the RYTHM (Raise Yourself To Help Mankind) Foundation has food relief and household support to needy communities in internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Uganda.
The hand over event took place on Monday in Kampala where Agaba Aloysius of St. Francis of Assisi for the Weak received the donated food items from QNET.
“We are grateful to QNET for the food items. The value of these support items cannot be overstated. An additional meal for the family takes away the worry and therefore allows the families to focus on other activities that give them durable solutions,” Aloysius commented.
St. Francis of Assisi for the Weak was started in 1996, dedicated to helping the Karimojong who were homeless and sleeping on the streets of Kampala.
“Thanks to the organization’s help, and working alongside other supporting NGOs, we were able to return and resettle many Karimajong in their native Ramatoit- Karamoja,” Aloysius went on to say.
The Karimojong people are one of the largest clusters of historically displaced persons in Uganda and have over the course of the past few decades been impacted by natural disaster. As a result, via their seminomadic lifestyle have sought different regions in Uganda to make a home. Traditionally, a pastoralist tribe, the people have been peaceful in nature and have kept to their own community.
“We have been assisting them with foods, medicines and clothes. Teaching them sustainability skills in farming to facilitate themselves. Many moved from the camp back into resettlement in their own homes,” Aloysius added.
Expanding its community aid efforts, St. Francis of Assisi for the Weak has partnered with various other NGOs to help the internally displaced people of Kyangwali in Western Uganda.
The Government of Uganda is already giving support to the more than 1,000 people living at the St Francis of Assisi for the Weak camp. On its part,
St. Francis of Assisi for the Weak has lent a hand to some 200 families with Shelter, Food, Utensils, Beddings and Clothing. The Ramadhan donation by QNET is only one of many of the company’s ongoing efforts to support the communities within which they operate. In honouring the Holy Month of Ramadhan, QNET donated to St. Francis of Assisi for the Weak.
Throughout the past decade, QNET has delivered relief kits, provided essential goods, and organized community activities every year in the month of Ramadhan in the spirit of ‘Raise Yourself To Help Mankind (RYTHM). The RYTHM Foundation was founded in 2006 with the aim of providing education for all, promoting gender equality for sustainable community development.