The government of Uganda and Ugandans have so far collected 300,000,000 Uganda shillings, (equivalent of 1.5 million US dollars) towards assisting people affected by earthquake in Haiti.
Following a disastrous earth-quake that struck Haiti early this year leaving a lot of property and lives lost, the Ugandan government together with the republic of Trinidad and Tobago on January 25th 2010 in Kampala, launched a one month Haiti disaster appeal seeking to solicit relief assistance for the troubled people of Haiti.
During the launching ceremony Uganda’ minister of foreign affairs, Sam Kutesa announced that the government of Uganda had donated 100,000 US dollars towards the fund. It was announced Sunday that 1.5 million US dollars has been collected since companies and individuals began contributing towards the fund following the government’s decision.
Speaking about Uganda’s contribution, Trinidad & Tobago high commissioner to Uganda, Patrick Edwards revealed that the disaster that befell Haiti was very hard and had left many of the Haitians homeless and very much in need of help. He thanked, the government of Uganda and its nationals for the generosity exhibited.
One of the officials involved in collecting the money, Williams Myat said “Ugandan corporate companies have contributed over 1 million US dollars of the money so far collected and 400,000 US dollars has been contributed by institutions and individuals. We expect more money from companies which promised to donate in a few day’s time.”
The disaster which happened on 12th January 2010 claimed towards 200,000 lives, and left thousands homeless.