HEDCHE Wins NSSF’s Torch Awards

The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) on Friday awarded Shs80 Million to five outstanding community projects and for the first time recognized two journalists whose excellent reporting was a catalyst for change in society, at the annual Torch Awards event at the Kampala Serena Hotel.

Child Health Education Empowerment and Rehabilitation Uganda (CHEER) walked away with Shs20m as the overall winner under the health category. CHEER Uganda offers support for rehabilitation of children with physical disabilities.

The other winners included; Kyaninga Child Development Center from Western Region, Help Disabled Children Excel (HEDCHE) from Northern Uganda, Atrius Medicare  from Central Region.These all got Shs15milion respectively.

In the media category, Robert Mwanje of BSS TV scooped the award for overall winner and also got a lap top and professional camera, while Malcom Musiime of NTV emerged as 1st runners up and won a lap top.

While presiding over the award ceremony at Kampala Serena Hotel, the Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda applauded NSSF for the initiative.

“It is gratifying that entities such as NSSF are getting involved in supporting community projects, not just here in Kampala, but also across the country. Over the last 3 decades, the Government of Uganda has implemented numerous projects, not only to uplift our communities from poverty, but also to empower them,” Ruhakana said.

He added that these efforts are bearing fruit, evidenced by the reduction of the proportion of the Ugandan population living below the national poverty line from 31.1% in 2006 to 19.7% in 2013, according to the 2016 Poverty Assessment by the World Bank.


“I am pleased with the transformation the Fund has undergone over the last 6 years.Most people do not realize that social security is a fundamental human right, as articulated in Article 9 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,” Ruhakana said, adding that, under this covenant, Governments have “an obligation to fulfil”, meaning that we must take positive action to facilitate the enjoyment of social security by all members of the society.

NSSF Managing Director, Richard Byarugaba said the awards are premised on the fact that as a socially responsible organisation, the Fund has a duty to contribute to the wellbeing of the communities in which it operates.

“Our corporate social investment stems from our sustainable approach to doing business which involves being exemplary in our financial performance while at the same time setting high corporate social responsibility targets,” Byarugaba added.

Projects that have previously benefited, including 40 Days Over 40 Smiles Foundation (40-40), Childcare and Rescues Home (Makindye), Youth and Women Empowerment Foundation (Kabarole), Mbale Maternity Home, Kisozi Orphan Support Center (Gomba), and Children of Uganda- Mukono, among others have not only grown and expanded their wings but have also inspired more people to do community service.

The Annual Torch Awards is an initiative by NSSF aimed at recognising individuals and institutions that are transforming their communities and making a positive impact in Education, Health, Youth and other Disadvantaged Groups as spelt out in the Fund’s Corporate Social Responsibility policy.

HEDCHE Wins PEPFAR Hero award

In the Nebbi District of Western Uganda, the dropout rate for deaf or hearing impaired school-aged children was 100%. Additionally, multiple rapes and assaults on deaf children had been reported. When Denis Paul Wargram learned of these issues, he made it his mission to help these children. In 2013, Denis became a founding member of Help Disabled Children Excel, a community-based organization with the mission to be an advocate for children with disabilities.  Denis has created multiple projects to protect and empower these children, including helping children gain financial independence through beekeeping.

Nebbi PWDs get wheelchairs

NEBBI. At least 80 people with disabilities (PWDs) in the Nebbi district have received wheelchairs to ease their mobility.

The wheelchairs were on Thursday donated by help disabled children excel (HEDCHE), a local community-based organization with support from the world action fund.

While delivering the wheelchairs, Mr. Denis Paul Warom, the Nebbi HEDCHE coordinator said they decided to get in partnership with the world action fund after realizing that at least 400 disabled people in Nebbi needed to be supported.

He said of the 80 wheelchairs, 12 were given to children with disabilities.

“Most of these disabled children were finding it hard to move to school and play with their fellow children and that is why we had to come in to support them,” Warom said.

He also observed that with continuous stigma and discrimination, the wheelchairs will also help PWDs to move around and socialise with others since most of them have not been able to move freely.

“Our target is that all the 400 PWDs who need wheelchairs in Nebbi district get them. We have today started with 80 but in April next year, more wheelchairs will be given out to PWDs,” Warom promised.

Ms Pasculina Pacube, 57, a resident of Padel in Parombo Sub County who doubles as the guardian to Godwin Jawiambe, 17, one of the beneficiaries said that the wheelchair has come timely because she was finding it hard to continue carrying the boy to school on her back due to old age.

“Jawiambe was abandoned by his parents shortly after being born with disability and since then, I have been the one struggling to bring him up. I now thank God that he has received a wheelchair which he will use to move to school and around,” Pacube said.

Meanwhile, Ms Doreen Nimungu, the district councilor representing persons with disabilities commended HEDCHE for the donation and urged more partners to consider supporting the district since it has inadequate funds to procure wheelchairs for PWDs.

“Much as the district is doing a lot in improving the lives of PWDS, it has inadequate funds to provide wheelchairs to all the 400 needy PWDs,” she said.

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