Hope4Karamoja was officially launched yesterday at Imperial Royale as the campaign aimed at raising Shs 75m to feed 1000 famine hit families in Kotido district.
The campaign spearheaded by Swedish NGO- Stromme Foundation with the support from Stromme Micro Finance is collecting 25k for a week per family for three weeks for 1000 families.
At least Shs 3.5m has been raised through social media campaign. Priscilla Mirembe, Regional Director of Stromme Foundation East Africa based in Bukoto appealed every Ugandan who can to contribute something to the cause.
“You had lunch today but someone in Karamoja has got to go through another day without a meal. You can change the cycle by contributing only Ugx 25,000 so that they too can have lunch every day of the week,” Mirembe said.
Give today and save a life. Send your contribution to 0750939294
Mirembe was flanked by Ernest Sozi Sessanga, Finance and Administration Manager, Stromme Foundation and Rev Nelson Owilli of Aridland Development Programme. Follow Hope4Karamoja on Facebook.
Official Statement from Regional Director’s Hope4Karamoja
Hello Ladies and Gentlemen and welcome to the launch of the #Hope4Karamoja campaign. The campaign launches during a critical time in our nation when to the best of our knowledge, over 1.6 million people are in dire need of food relief. Karamoja undoubtedly being the most hit region. To date, reports indicate over 60 people have starved to death and millions remain starved in the last two months alone. Sources on the ground indicate that these numbers are growing every other day. Thousands are living on one cup of water a day. It’s a worrying state of affairs.
A report by the integrated Food Security Phase Classification (January 2017), indicates that unless there is an intervention, the food security problem will go on until end of July when the next harvest is anticipated and the poor are likely to sell off their assets thus increasing the vulnerability.
Famine is a social phenomenon that calls for a collective action. We cannot sit back while our fellow countrymen are starving away.
Sustainable Development Goal Number 2: Is about Ending of Hunger.
We cannot build a productive, peaceful nation on empty stomachs. We must join hands, take collective responsibility and salvage this situation. And that’s primarily the reason as to why we came up with #Hope4Karamoja Campaign.
Through this campaign, we hope to rally you the press, the general public, our associates, partners, the NGO fraternity, the private sector, in the fight against death by hunger. We believe that if we unite, we can have a massive impact in reversing what already is a life-threatening problem.
Strømme Foundation East Africa is a Norwegian based development organisation whose vision is to have a world free from poverty. In the eastern Africa region, the organisation has supported interventions in Livelihoods and Education for over 22 years in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Sudan and earlier, in Rwanda. Strømme Foundation (SF) has been supporting programmes in Karamoja through our partner ADP for the over nine years
THE BIG ASK:
We desire to provide food items to at least 1000 families over a period of the next three weeks.
Everyone can participate. Only UGX 25,000 can feed one family for a week with basic food requirements.
Four ways through which you can participate financially.
Via MTN Mobile money, under goods and services, select “KARAMOJA”
Via Airtel simply send to, 0750939294. Registered Under “Stromme Microfinance East Africa Ltd”
Or simply write a cheque to Stromme Foundation.
Bring non-perishable physical food items to Stromme Foundation offices in Bukoto.
Let us spark change through our social media channels with the (HashtagHope4Karamoja) #Hope4Karamoja. Let’s spread the word and cause massive awareness about the situation in Karamoja.
Thank you Note:
Thank you for coming. Thank you for covering Karamoja and spreading the word about the life threatening starvation. Now let’s unite and rally our efforts in sparking change. There is #Hope4Karamoja!