Grace Mugabirwe Mutebile, the Vice Chairperson of the International Community of Banyakigezi (ICOB)-Uganda chapter has donated relief items to some families affected by floods in Rubanda district.
Mugabirwe on Saturday donated 42 blankets and clothes valued at 1.2 million shillings to families in Nfasha trading centre in Muko Sub-County that were affected by floods in September.
While handing over the items, Mugabirwe noted that she felt concerned about the victims of the disaster after watching the shocking pictures in news; this prompted her to mobilise for relief items from her friends to help these victims.
“I was watching news and when I saw pictures from our home area about the calamity that had hit us I felt a need to do something to restore the hope of the affected families. That is how I got to ask my friends to join me in raising the items I am handing over today,” said Mugabirwe.
Some of the beneficiaries hailed Mugabirwe for being compassionate towards them since they were living undesirably since the calamity hit them.
Jane Binagera, one of the victims said that following the death of her husband, she has been living as a beggar in the world.
“My deceased husband was the only source of hope in our family. I have a body weakness that limits my working so I always looked at my husband for survival but since his death I have been struggling,” said Binagera.
Binagera said that she has always depended on the mercy of people to see the light of the day.
To John Ainembabazi, the death of his wife was a shocking experience he will live to remember for the rest of his life. Ainembabazi not only lost the wife but also his house was swept away by the running waters and his household items did not survive either.
“I have been trying to recover from this shock but it is seriously a hard task for me. I am glad to all efforts made to bring a smile to our faces,” said Ainembabazi.
Gaudensia Basimobwabo lost two children in the floods and since then her life has been in great pain.
“I have been thinking of how to live after this great shock but we always get encouraging messages from people with good hearts,” said Basimobwabo.