Umeme’s Corporate Social Responsibility Program continues to expand and we are proud to be impacting lives positively mainly through partnerships with charity organizations.
Our solar lantern project in Akwarkwar village Bukedea, Eastern Uganda has put smiles on faces of over 600 residents who did not have access to electricity or any other source of clean energy. Through partnership with the Energy Resource Institute of India in 2012, we gave out 600 solar lanterns to residents of Akarkwar. The villagers who used to rely on alternative sources of lighting such as candles, kerosene lamps, grass, and wood burning which lead to health issues and are a potential fire hazard, now have access to clean, safe and bright power which has also fostered development in terms of education, health and business.
We are proud to be part of the Rotary Cancer Run since its inauguration in 2013. Our commitment to partner with the Rotary Clubs of Uganda to raise funds for cancer screening and the construction of a new cancer ward at Nsambya hospital, is a clear testimony that Umeme is a caring brand .The cancer Run has also been a team building tool as each year, over 100 staff come together to participate and support the cause. Through our partnership and participation in the Association of Surgeons of Uganda annual outreach programs including surgical camps in different parts of the country where they operate on patients for free, we have been able to reach out to hundreds of patients in disadvantaged communities who cannot afford surgical procedures. The youth and children are on top of our agenda. Through partnership with the Child’s I Foundation, we have reached out to abandoned children in the care of Malaika children’s Home in Mengo, Kampala. We have donated foodstuffs to the children and sponsored a fundraising dinner to raise funds for the sustainability of the children’s home.
We have given hope to school going children in disadvantaged communities who are blind and visionary impaired through participation in the annual Lions Marathon where we have raised funds in aid of School children sight screening and eye camps. We have worked with the Young Achievers Award, an annual awards ceremony that encourages and recognizes entrepreneurship and innovation among the youth through sponsorship. In 2013, we sponsored the lifetime achievement award category which was in honor of the late Prof. James Mulwana a former member of the Umeme Board of Directors.