Thousands of refugees from 12 Counties that make up the Nakivale Refugee Camp yesterday gathered at Rubondo Base Camp in Isingiro district to witness the handover of the first solar powered water pump in the area.
Nakivale Refugee Settlement Camp is home to over 400,000 refugees from over 13 nations.
While receiving the solar powered water pump, David Mugenyi, the Nakivale Refugee Settlement Camp Commandant said the water crises have for long been experienced in Nakivale.
“This is a great relief to the over 150,000 refugees residing in Rubondo base camp. The Office of the Prime Minister is grateful for this initiative,” he said.
The pump was constructed by Opportunity Bank as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility.
During the ceremony that climaxed with the Annual Chairman’s run, Philip Karugaba, the Opportunity Bank Uganda Board Chairperson said this year’s annual run was geared towards addressing the water crisis at the Nakivale Refugee Settlement Camp.
“This project will ensure that the people in the camp get clean and fresh water. This collection from this year’s annual marathon run enabled this,” said Karugaba.
Agnes Mukandekezi the Opportunity Bank Uganda Nakivaale Branch Manager said the issue of water crisis had been a huge challenge in the camp.
“When people in the camp have no access to clean water issues of diseases arise, with support with our partners we are able to put a smile in the faces of hundreds of refugees,” said Mukandekezi.
She said the project cost the bank over Shs 60 million.