In Summary

D-day. This year’s winners will be announced at a grand finale to be held in Kampala next month at the Fund’s 2017 flagship corporate social responsibility initiative.

Kampala.

The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) has received more than 200 entries for the various categories of the 2017 annual Torch Awards, the Fund’s flagship corporate social responsibility initiative, which seeks to recognise individuals and institutions making a positive impact on communities.
The NSSF head of marketing and communication, Ms Barbra Arimi, said all the proposals submitted for this year’s awards will greatly impact on the lives of the underprivileged in communities across the country.
“The competition is tight but we have constituted a panel of competent judges who are evaluating the proposals from which the winners will be selected,” she said.

Judges
The judges for this year’s awards Project Category are: Ms Noerine Kaleeba, a physiotherapist educator, Ms Hellen Akwi Wangusa, the former executive director, African Women’s Economic Policy Network, and Mr Edward Ssenyonjo, the Fund’s head of risk.
Mr Joachim Buwembo, a communications consultant, Ms Sheila Kulubya, the communications specialist at World Bank Office Uganda, and Mr Victor Karamagi, the NSSF public relations manager, are the judges for the Media category.
The Fund opened submission for proposals in the categories of youth, education, health, disadvantaged and media a month ago and Shs80m will be awarded.
Ms Arimi said the awards are premised on the fact that as a socially responsible organisation, the Fund has a duty to contribute to the wellbeing of the communities in which it operates.
“To date, over eight projects that have gone on to impact more on communities have been recognised and given financial support totalling to Shs150m since Torch Awards inception in 2012,” she said.
Projects that have benefited from this initiative include 40 Days Over 40 Smiles Foundation (40-40), Childcare and Rescue Home, Youth and Women Empowerment Foundation, among others.