Teso WhatsApp Groups Donate to COVID-19 Task Force

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 Media and a two time winner of the Media Challenge Awards (The best feature story writer- 2018 and the best Climate Change Photography Award- 2019). He has a bachelors degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University. He is also an alumni for; British Council Future News Worldwide Fellowship- 2020, Climate Tracker Energy Reporting Fellowship- 2020, InfoNile- Code for Africa Data Journalism Fellowship- 2020, the Media Challenge Fellowship, 2019 and British Council East Africa and Africa Writers Trust Master Class in Creative Writing- 2019. Omuya has specialized training in writing, strategic and multimedia communication, mainstream and online journalism, broadcast media and youth participatory radio, content development, and public relations. He is very much interested in sustainable development communication.

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