Grant to support 40 Jewish students in Uganda hit by economic impact of Covid-19
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Grant to support 40 Jewish students in Uganda hit by economic impact of Covid-19

'It’s a very difficult period since many of them are no longer able to work part-time to support themselves'

Student beneficiaries from Jewish Response Uganda (Credit: Commonwealth Jewish Council
Student beneficiaries from Jewish Response Uganda (Credit: Commonwealth Jewish Council

An umbrella organisation has donated a grant to support 40 Jewish students in Uganda affected by the economic impacts of the pandemic.

The Commonwealth Jewish Council (CJC) connects over 35 Jewish communities around the Commonwealth with the wider Jewish world.

Its chief executive officer Clive Lawton said: “When we were contacted by the Jewish community in Kampala, we were delighted to help. Tikun Olam lies at the heart of the ethos of the CJC.

“As well as sharing ideas, educational content and resources, we also give grants from time to time. We were delighted to be able to alleviate some of the hardship experienced by Jewish students in Uganda at this most challenging time.”

Tarphon Kampya, of the Jewish Response Uganda, said the local nonprofit group was grateful for the support.

“Though the donation, we have been able to feed and look after some of our students. It’s a very difficult period since many of them are no longer able to work part-time to support themselves. We look forward to ongoing links and collaboration with the CJC,” he said.

“The organisation has continued not only helping students with food but also sensitizing communities about prevention of the pandemic by keeping social distance and washing hands regularly,” he added.

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