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The Environment authority has allocated 37,400 assorted tree seedlings to the group.

Members of two WhatsApp groups in Teso sub region of eastern Uganda have joined a fraternity of actors to contribute to COVID-19 response action in Uganda.

This evening [May 20th, 2020], the Office of the Prime Minister [OPM] acknowledged the receipt of Five Hundred Thousand shillings [500,000/=] as contribution from Teso Development Forum [TDF] WhatsApp group.

Letter acknowledging receipt of contribution from TDF.

In a letter signed by Daniel Mulalu, the TDF group Admin, it stated that “members of Teso Development Forum [TDF] would like to thank the President of the Republic of Uganda; Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for his tireless effort in the fight against COVID-19 and the Ministry of Health.”

TDF becomes the second WhatsApp group from Teso to make a contribution to the COVID-19 National Task Force.

Last week, The Great Wera Community (GWC), a WhatsApp group from Wera sub county in Amuria district, contributed up to a tune of One Million, Four Hundred Eighty Three Thousand Shillings [1,483,000/=] to Amuria District Task Force.

The donation was later used to purchase surgical gloves, hand sanitizers, face masks and soap that were distributed to select health facilities in the district.

Joseph Aliabu, the group Admin for GWC delivered the ourchased items to Wera HC III, Abarilela HC III, ST. Michael HC III, Ongutoi HC III, and Amolo HC II.

Medical staff of Abarilela HC III receving contribution from Joseph Aliabu [on red T-shirt].
Aica has learnt that, the same WhatsApp group has embarked on a tree planting campaign dubbed The Greening Project-TGP that is targeting to plant thousands of trees across the sub counties of Wera, Abarilela and Komolo.

The National Environment Management Authority has already accepted a proposal from the WhatsApp group. The Environment authority has allocated 37,400 assorted tree seedlings to the group.

There are plans to distribute the seedlings across Schools, Churches, Mosques, Health Centers, Administrative headquarters of the three sub counties, and all communities.

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Noah Omuya

Noah Omuya is the founder and CEO of Aica Communications LTD, a Company that currently runs an online news publication (www.aica.co.ug) with a plan of beginning to print Magazines and a newspaper in Ateso language in 2020. He is a Media challenge Fellow- class of 2019 and he has specialized training in writing, strategic and multimedia communication, mainstream and online journalism from the Media challenge fellowship and Kampala International University, where he pursued his Bachelors of Mass Communication. At the age of 18, Omuya was a train-on-job employee with Joshua 93.5 FM where he acquired a three years’ demonstrable experience in broadcast media, content development, public relations and, marketing and promotions strategies for private businesses, public entities and non-profit organizations, as well as engaging with traditional media. He scooped a Media Challenge award for the best feature essay writer of the year 2018. He was also first runner up for the refugee broadcast story of the year, and second runner up for radio feature story teller. The Media Challenge Award qualified him to be part of the Media Challenge Fellowship, where he has got intensive training in solutions journalism, political reporting, investigative reporting, youth participatory radio, multimedia journalism, and data journalism. At the fellowship, he has been trained by international celebrated journalists from BBC, CNN, Reuters, AFP, NBS Tv, UBC Tv, NTV, New Vision, Daily Monitor among other recognized institutes. He also has hands-on experience in research, in different private organizations in Uganda; experience in media relations with regular assignments in field reporting, marketing and public relations.

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