Covid-19: Guild leaders sacrifice allowance to feed students stuck in hostels

By Ivan Tsebeni

When the 23rd Guild Government took over leadership last year, they vowed to 'Build the Bridge to the New Normal' and that is exactly what they have done.

Out of their July and August 2021 guild allowances, they have contributed over 980,000 shillings to buy food stuff for students who remained in hostels due to the lockdown. Some of the students are from neighbouring countries.

"We agreed to sacrifice these allowances to feed our colleagues who remained in hostels due to unavoidable circumstances," said Guild President Kenneth Agaba Amponda.

The guild Officials developed a Google list which they shared with students to ensure transparency in their selection.

"The only way we could identify the real affected students was through a Google list which we believe reached almost all the students," Amponda said.

The food assortments were handed over to students on Saturday, September 4 at the Guild Offices.

According to the Guild Speaker, Calvin Olupot Bahati, they used the money to buy food items such as: rice, sugar, beans, posho, spaghetti, salt and cakes.

He added that much as the items donated may seem a drop in the ocean, the act had a bigger positive impact.

The Director of Students Affairs, Bridget M. Mugume, thanked the student leaders for showing a kind gesture to their colleagues.

A Second Year Bachelor of Social Work and Social Administration student, Anna Bonsuk, said that she could not travel back to her home country, South Sudan.

"I'm happy that the guild has thought about us during these hard times. Being in a foreign land amidst the lockdown is the worst experience one can ever dream of," Bonsuk said.

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