17 Jan 2016 12:00
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has launched its community outreach programme in Uganda with donations of air tickets, blankets and school supplies to the Whisper Children’s Home in Mutai, in Jinja district, Uganda.
Aimed at improving the lives of young children in
need, the Whisper Children’s Home was established in May 2011 to provide
much-needed hope and rehabilitation support to local children suffering from
malnutrition and living in life-threatening conditions.
Commenting on Etihad’s support, Ms Veronika Cejpkova, Founder and Director of Whisper
Children’s Home, said: “We are so thrilled to receive this generous support
from Etihad Airways. The tickets will be so useful in flying the volunteers and
staff from Europe who donate their valuable time to assist us with our
day-to-day activities at the home.
“We currently look after nearly 30 children who are
in desperate need of care, and the school supplies, which include pens,
notepads and colouring books, will help the children with their education, and
in keeping them entertained.”
The donation to the Children’s Home falls under the
Together’ Corporate Social Responsibility initiative which encompasses
charitable giving programs to selected charities across its global network.
Toyin Alaran, Etihad Airways’ General Manager,
Uganda, said: “As an airline we are committed to supporting and making a
difference to the communities in which we operate. The Whisper Children’s Home
stands out as beacon of hope for underprivileged children and families in need
in Uganda and we are delighted to be able to support them in this way.
“The assistance is in line with Etihad Airways’
commitment to support initiatives that bring about social development and sustainable
betterment of local communities including education of children and uplifting
the lives of the under privileged,” Mr Alaran said.
Over 200 blankets were handed over during the visit
to the Whisper Children’s Home, which was attended by Toyin Alaran, Etihad
Airways’ General Manager, Uganda, Maclynn Kemigisha, Etihad Airways’ Marketing
Coordinator in Uganda, and joined by Luzelle Boado-Berger, Etihad Airways’
Sustainability Officer, and five members of Etihad Airways’ iVolunteer
initiative, who flew to Uganda from the airline’s head office in Abu Dhabi, to
provide their time and support to this initiative.
Since its inception the
Whisper’s outreach team has provided first aid and support to more than 2,000
children affected with jiggers (a parasitic flea found in most tropical and
sub-tropical climates), and improved the sleeping conditions for hundreds of
other local children in Mutai and other villages across the Busoga region by
providing much needed beds, mattresses, mosquito nets, blankets and sheets.
Whisper also provides
families with training on food preparation, personal hygiene and family
planning, teaching the elderly how to repair
their houses, or maintain a vegetable garden, providing school transport for children,
and food or firewood to families in need during the difficult rainy season.