WorldUganda: Turkish NGO support helps save lives

Uganda: Turkish NGO support helps save lives

AA / Kampala / Hamza Kyeyune

In 2012, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution by consensus to designate September 5 as the International Day of Charity.

The resolution was co-sponsored by Turkey and 43 other UN members to highlight and support the contribution of charities to society as well as to celebrate human generosity.

This decision co-sponsored by Turkey testifies to the rise of Turkey in Africa and the strengthening of its cooperation with its African partners.

Over the past decades, many African countries have also welcomed Turkey as a major international partner, which analysts have attributed to the fact that it is a nation devoid of colonial history and exploitation, especially on the continent.

The Turkish model of combining diplomacy and strong commitment focused on direct aid and mutually beneficial economic partnerships has enabled Ankara to gain local support allowing real impact on the ground.

In 2005, Turkey obtained observer status with the African Union (AU) and has since acquired a new status as an emerging economic and humanitarian power in Africa.

Its trade volume with Africa has grown from about $ 5.4 billion in 2003 to about $ 26 billion in 2019, with $ 16 billion in exports to Africa, according to data collected from the Turkish Institute of Statistics, also known as TurkStat.

Forbes magazine reported in 2018 that trade between African countries and Turkey has grown by more than 600% in the past 15 years. Turkey has extended its diplomatic presence on the continent to some 40 embassies while Turkish Airlines serves more than 50 African destinations.

Turkey’s growing influence in Africa is not only the result of projects and policies implemented by the Turkish government through the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), but is also shaped by personal contributions. Turks, through various humanitarian organizations.

Various Turkish foundations including Education and Solidarity Foundation (FES), Care Foundation, SENA Foundation, among others, are working tirelessly in Uganda to ensure that their efforts are actually helping people overcome the hardships, brought about by unemployment and economic inequalities, with a particular focus on education, health, agriculture, water purification and infrastructure development.

The Turkish government, through TIKA, has recently initiated several projects in Uganda, including newly constructed buildings in two schools, tailoring and fashion design respectively, as well as two radio stations, among other projects.

TIKA’s national representative in Uganda, Yahya Acu, told Anadolu Agency (AA) that he intended to respond to a request to establish a radio station in western Uganda and thus facilitate interconnection with global communities.

Currently, radio is the main source of information in Uganda, with over 75% of the population relying on radio for news and information. This is because the radio is inexpensive and uses batteries which are affordable since the majority of people do not have electricity to watch TV.

Although other parts of Uganda have at least one radio station dealing with Muslim issues, the western region does not have a single similar radio station.

The mufti of western Uganda, AbdulMajid Kamara, told Anadolu Agency that while charity is sometimes misunderstood at the expense of the recipient, it must be recognized that it comes from the heart and that it comes from the heart. it is a noble enterprise which plays an important role in improving the human condition.

“Charity comes in different forms and dimensions, but whatever its form, acts of benevolence and kindness without any thought of reward, help to strengthen our common quest for global solidarity and to live together in harmony and harmony. ‘alleviate humanitarian crises and human suffering,’ he added.

“Today more than ever, every capable individual must give more and better, to alleviate the increased suffering caused by the Covid-19 crisis,” said Saim Celik, director of the FES.

“Water has particularly caught our attention recently, as health officials have emphasized that washing your hands regularly and properly is one of the most effective ways to prevent Covid-19. We have built several wells with different drilling works in different areas so that people of all faiths can access clean and free water. When there is no drinking water, people will have no choice but to depend on unsanitary water or not to wash their hands, thus exposing themselves to Covid-19 ”, he said. he added.

According to the World Resources Institute, one in three people in Africa faces water scarcity.

* Translated from English by Ümit Dönmez

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