KAMPALA – Ford Motor Company and its local distributor Cooper Motor Corporation (CMC Motors) has partnered with the Katalemwa Cheshire Home of Rehabilitation Services (KCH) on a project aimed at uplifting and improving the quality of life for children and young people with disabilities. The project was part of Ford’s Global Caring Month (GCM) initiative.
GCM is a signature initiative of the Ford Volunteer Corps. It’s an annual opportunity for teams of Ford employees and dealer partners to band together and help meet the most pressing needs of their local communities. Addressing these needs has a long-term positive impact not only on the lives of individuals, but the community as a whole.
This year, Ford volunteers, in their thousands, tackled 300 community upliftment projects across six continents. Ford Fund – the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company – contributed more than $700,000 for tools and supplies to complete the projects globally.
In the sub-Saharan Africa region, volunteers undertook more than 25 projects in Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa, and Uganda. The scope of these projects included working with environmental, agricultural, clean water, educational, and welfare organisations.
In Uganda, Ford and CMC Motors donated 40 beds and 40 mattresses to the KCH. Volunteers assembled the beds, refurbished the rooms, and also planted trees.
The KCH is a non-governmental organisation, founded in 1970, which provides access to quality holistic rehabilitation services for children and young people with orthopaedic, spinal, and mental developmental abnormalities or injuries.
KCH is supported by local community-based rehabilitation centres, rights-based programming and working with families, communities, civil society, development partners and government.
“Ford has a strong legacy of investing in people, showing care and commitment to help build a better world for the communities in which we operate,” said Herman Mbalasi, Country Manager at CMC Motors on December 13.
“We were thrilled to be part of this year’s Ford Global Caring Month, and being able to play a role in improving the quality of life for people in our local community – not just for a few days, but over the long-term.”
Since its launch in 2005 by Executive Chairman Bill Ford, the Ford Volunteer Corps has contributed more than 1.5-million hours of community service in 50 countries, representing more than $40-million of in-kind community investments.