Cooperatives & Communities

‘Christ for You Ministry’ donates to PWD SACCO Karuma

KIRYANDONGO – Members of Persons with Disability SACCO Karuma in Karuma town council, Kiryandongo district on Tuesday received relief items from a group of wedded couples in the area dubbed ‘Christ for You Ministry’.

The SACCO with 718 members received items consisting of 20 boxes of soap, 50 kilogrammes [kgs] of salt, 30 kgs of sugar and a cash donation of Shs 7.18 million to support their activities.

Alpha Oketa, the Chairperson of ‘Christ for You Ministry’ says the donation of the relief items was purely a corporate social responsibility done annually by the wedded couples to support the vulnerable people in the community.

“Every year, ‘Christ for You Ministry’ organises marriage retreats where wedded couples contribute household items to support people with special needs in the community. Under this arrangement, we have so far reached out to over 2,000 needy people in the community,” he said.

“This is an opportunity to focus on evangelisation to the most vulnerable in the community. Supporting the needy is spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. I encourage others to do the same,” he added.

Judith Amal, the chairperson of the SACCO described the support as timely.

“The support has indeed come at the right time when several members of this SACCO are battling famine. Many are coming for loans and others want to withdraw their savings. The items will be given to each member and the money shared among the members but I have told them to save part of the money to grow their savings,” he told this reporter.

Rosolin Angom, a member of the SACCO said, “I am extremely grateful to leaders of ‘Christ for You Ministry’. I am excited that I have received Shs.100, 000 and household items. I ask them to do the same to others.”

Another member Selestino Odongo, who has hearing impairment, said the donation has given him much hope. Odongo plans to save part of the money and use the balance to support his family.

Persons with Disability SACCO Karuma which started in 2015 with 47 members currently has a loan portfolio of Shs 120mln.

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