Fresh Dairy has donated over 3,200 litres of milk in total to four (4) less privileged communities to include: Uganda Burns and Plastic Surgery Institute – Kiruddu Mulago hospital, Bless a Child Foundation, Butabika hospital and Ntinda School for the Deaf.
This was in a bid to give back to the communities in which Fresh Dairy operates, while helping to boost the health and nutrition of the recipients who are in dare need of it.
Marketing Manager, Brookside Limited, the producers of Fresh Dairy products - Vincent Omoth said, ‘As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility, Fresh Dairy believes in continuously giving back healthy and nutritious products to the communities in which we operate. This ensures that even the less privileged get an opportunity to enjoy our products. For this reason, we have donated over 3,200 litres of milk over the past 1 week alone to 4 less privileged communities.’
Uganda Burns and Plastic Surgery Institute looks after over 500 burns patients every year of which 60 percent are children aged 5 years and below. Dr. Namatovu Christine of UBPSI said that most of the burns patients are children below the age of 5 years who are mainly burnt by hot water/food from unprotected cooking areas. She further noted that these children have high nutritional needs of which milk is key. She applauded Fresh Dairy, and noted that their patients stay in the Ward from 3 weeks to even more than 6 months.
Bless a Child Foundation, which is a non-profit organization provides care support services to children from the ages of 0 – 12 years suffering from Paediatric cancer and related infections. Brian Walusimbi, Founder and Executive Director – Bless a Child Foundation thanked Fresh Dairy for the milk donation which will go a long way in supplementing the diet of their Paediatric cancer patients.
Butabika hospital is a Government hospital that offers medical access for mental health, psychiatric social work services, occupational therapy, psychology unit and private services. Dr. Basangwa David, Executive Director - Butabika hospital said, ‘At Butabika hospital, we’re registering an increasing number of patients that are reporting for services with an average of between 800 and 850 patients at any one time, with 100 – 200 being outpatients. All these patients require high nutritional boosts because of the medication that they are on. ‘We therefore thank Fresh Dairy for the great nutritional boost by donating milk to us.
The Ntinda School for the Deaf is a Government aided Primary School that looks after deaf children with multiple disabilities. The school's primary task is to cater for the education, interests and special needs of deaf children in Uganda. The school has over 200 children aged between 4 years to 14 years, and often remains their place of solace even after they complete school. Mr Anguyo Elias, a teacher at the school thanked Fresh Dairy for the good gesture and acknowledged that it is such joint efforts that go along-way in supporting the deaf children under their care.
Omoth concluded that Fresh Dairy will continue giving back to various communities in Uganda, as a way of saying thank you for all the support from the wider general public.