Heart of Gold: UCU student extends relief to vulnerable colleagues

Rachael Serwadda extended food relief to at least 21 hostels and approximately 330 students.

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The Bible calls all Christians to generously give out especially to those who are in need.
Infact, in 1 John 3:16-18, the Lord thus says;
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”

It’s probably upon verses like the one above that Rachael Serwadda, a student of Bachelors of Laws at Uganda Christian University (UCU) in Mukono decided to donate some food items to her colleagues in different hostels.

Mid June 2021, President Yoweri Museveni directed that all schools and institutions of higher learning in Uganda be closed and learners return home until after at least 42 days.

However a section of students at various universities UCU inclusive stayed back.
These were mainly students doing internships and research at the time and those who hail from neighbouring states.

Before they knew it, the president returned to address the nation. And this time round he placed the country under total lockdown for a period of 42 days.

Among the restrictions, was a ban on inter district travels and thus, the said students remained stranded.

Even those who, before the lockdown used to storm nearby shopping centres or the city centre for some casual jobs could nolonger do so. This rendered them helpless and many of them have been seen on tv and social media crying for help.

After watching her colleagues cry in dispair, Rachael got touched and solisted for what she could afford and on Saturday July 17,2021 extended a helping hand.

Among the items she gave out were mangoes, pineapples, watermelon and spaghetti which said were the most needed to boost body immunity.

“I told my parents about my friends in hostels and he [father] promised to support them,” Rachael told the University website.
“My father harvested fruits from his farm and bought some food stuffs which he instructed me to serve to students,” she added.

According to a report on the website, Rachael Serwadda distributed food to at least 21 hostels with approximately 330 students getting help.

Rachael Serwadda (R) hands over food stuffs to a female colleague| Courtesy Photo.

Joyce Nangobi, a second year student of Bachelors of Peace, Human Rights and Humanitarian Intervention who was one of the beneficiaries, said the relief had come at the right time.

“It is a wise idea to at least feed on fruits during this time we need them most. I’m glad I received it,” Nangobi said.

Another beneficiary from Marvin hostel who preferred anonymity praised Rachael: “It is Christian enough for one to support others. I appreciate Rachel and her parents for really supporting us.”

He revealed that the lockdown has been a difficult experience to him and most of the students.

“I usually meet my friends but they really tell you that life has not been easy. I thank God that the 42 days are soon ending,” he added.

Rachael Sewadda’s heart of gold act came just few weeks after the University Chaplaincy had as well extended support to the same category of students.

Other reports have also suggested that the University’s Guild Parliament last week passed a resolution of diverting their June allowances to buy food items to students mainly those still in hostels.

At the start of the 42 days lockdown, the government of Uganda said they would give relief to the most vulnerable citizens in Kampala, cities, Municipalities and Town Councils.

Unfortunately, students in such caliber were never considered among the categories that government deemed fit to benefit.

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