24th June, 2010. Ntungamo. Hima Cement has handed over classroom blocks, classroom desks, pit latrines and a water tank to katahooka Primary school in Ruhama sub county in Ntungamo District as part of the Hima Cement’s Education and Environmental interventions for the benefit of the local communities.
This follows a successful 12months construction project to uplift Education standard in Ruhama constituency. katahooka Primary school has been designed to improve access to Education and improve education standards by providing a conducive learning Environment.
While handing over the School, Mr. Robert Nyangaya, Marketing Director Lafarge East Africa said, “Community involvement has been a core principle of our Company for a long time and it’s done through the green schools project . It therefore becomes imperative that we support the needs of these communities by identifying needy projects which when assisted, help to improve the welfare of the people.
"We fully appreciate the challenges faced by the education sector and know that government alone cannot fully meet these challenges without the collective efforts of the corporate world including teachers and students who are ultimately responsible for harnessing resources put in this sector to support national development.” Added Nyangaya
Hima cement is supporting 33 schools countrywide who have enrolled into the project under our green schools project. So far total of 128,000 trees have been planted, 11 water tanks of capacity 10,000 liters each and 17 pit latrines of 5 stances have been constructed.
“We wish to express our sincere gratitude to Hima Cement for the support they have rendered us.” Said Hon. Janet Museveni, the area member of Parliament. “Hima ’s involvement in our Community is especially important as it shines a bright light on the Education sector and to the development of the country’s economy.”
“The support Hima Cement has given us will go a long way in improving the welfare of the local community.” She added.
Hima Cement funded the construction and completion of the new school building, construction of 5 stance pit latrines and a 10,000 litter water tank.
The Green school project aims at inculcating a culture of environmental care among school children by involving them, their teachers and school communities in tree planting and nurturing them because as trees grow they absorb carbon dioxide (CO2), the main 'greenhouse gas' responsible for global warming, thereby reducing the concentration of this gas in the atmosphere.