- The South Sudan refugees still need adequate clean and safe water, health and education services
- The Run offers an opportunity for people living in Uganda and Africa at large, citizens or non-citizens irrespective of location, status to contribute a gift in-kind, cash, unused household property
- The Run and two corporate dinners will be conducted in Arua and Kampala
- Uganda hosts about 1.2 million Refugees
The South Sudan refugees living in various camps across the region are still faced with inadequate health, education and other social services.
Now, there is some hope that in the coming months, they would receive more assistance through a Run that is being organized both in Arua and Kampala. The Run is set for May 4 where this would attract donations and offering of charity where the money would be collected to offer services for the refugees.
Speaking to West Nile Press Online today, the Head of Fundraising and Resource Mobilization- HAI Agency Uganda Ltd, said that the Run funds accrued would be used to address the gaps of services in the refugee camps.
“We should not leave management of the refugees to government alone, the private sector should help provide the services like water, toilet, classrooms, health centers provision to these people who are needy,” he said.
Several local and international Non-Governmental organizations have been engaged in various activities of helping the refugees, but some of them have been limited by funds. The refugees still need more boreholes to be drilled, classrooms, and health centers to be constructed to serve even the host communities.
The West Nile districts are hosting thousands of South Sudanese and Congolese refugees who have fled their homes. But some of them remain in dire need of social services.
Opolot added that: “Uganda continues to rely largely on external donor support to facilitate the humanitarian activities across the country. While Ugandans have demonstrated good social coexistence and have continued to welcome refugees. There is need for a fundamental shift to tap into numerous possibilities and opportunities for localized humanitarian action but unless people get to know these possibilities, they will never act.”