Prudential Uganda announces a groundbreaking partnership with Tusafishe a non-government Organization that seeks to enhance provision of clean and safe drinking water to five schools in the Mbale District.
The selected schools include Nkoma Secondary School, Nabuyonga Primary School, Mbale Progressive Secondary School and Mbale Progressive Annex.
Together, the five schools, which have for long grappled with the daunting challenge of securing clean water, nurture the aspirations of 14,722 students, with Nkoma Secondary School alone catering for a population of 6,500 students.
“This partnership exemplifies our unwavering commitment to build resilient communities in areas we serve and is in line with our purpose, For every life, For every future which speaks to our ambition to add value to the wider community, for a more sustainable, responsible, and inclusive future,” said Tetteh Ayitevie, CEO of Prudential Uganda.
Currently, the schools spend about Ugx. 600,000 to at least buy 15,000 kilograms of firewood to purify drinking water, which is not only a strain on their finances but has lasting implications on the environment, its our responsibility as corporate citizens to come through and help save the environment. Tetteh added.
“According to the National health report 2022, At least 75% of diseases diagnosed at the Mbale Regional Referral Hospital are attributed to consumption of unsafe water and poor hygiene. 69% of diseases diagnosed at the Nabumali Sick Bay, a clinic serving students from Nabumali High School and Nabumali Day Primary School, were related to the consumption of unsafe water, I applaud Prudential for coming through to support the schools as this will help them live more healthier” says Henry Othieno, CEO, Tusafishe Limited.
Traditional solutions for water purification in schools, such as boiling and use of chlorine and disinfecting tablets, come at high environmental and financial costs. Many schools’ resort to requiring students to bring packaged water, which is costly to parents.
Tusafishe has pioneered a transformative technology that not only purifies water but also safeguards the environment. The water purification system has the capacity to purify up to 4,880 liters daily, eliminating up to 99.999% of all disease-causing pathogens from water sources.
To further support the initiative, in line with Prudential’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy, over 3000 Moringa tree seedlings will be distributed to communities surrounding the schools for planting, reinforcing the commitment towards long-term sustainability and climate change.
Prudential’s climate targets include de-carbonizing own operations and investments and engaging with its investees to travel together with them in the transition journey so that they are not left behind.
Prudential Assurance Uganda Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Prudential plc. Prudential plc provides life and health insurance and asset management in 24 markets across Asia and Africa. Prudential’s mission is to be the most trusted partner and protector for this generation and generations to come, by providing simple and accessible financial and health solutions. The business has dual primary listings on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (2378) and the London Stock Exchange (PRU). It also has a secondary listing on the Singapore Stock Exchange (K6S) and a listing on the New York Stock Exchange (PUK) in the form of American Depositary Receipts. It is a constituent of the Hang Seng Composite Index and is also included for trading in the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect programme and the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect programme.
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Tusafishe is a social enterprise initiative providing water filtration systems to underprivileged communities, giving access to clean and safe drinking water. Tusafishe has invented a technology that helps in purifying water and protecting of the environment at the same time.
The technology uses “Moringa” seed powder and decomposing granite as the main medium for water purification.