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Nile Breweries to educate 7/11 bomb orphans

5 October 2011

Kampala, October 1, 2011 - Uganda's beer market leader, Nile Breweries Limited (NBL), is to sponsor free  secondary education for children  orphaned by the July 11, 2010 terrorist bombings in Kampala, said a company statement today.

Nile Breweries has partnered with St. Mary's College Lugazi, located 60 kilometres east of Kampala, in a scholarship worth over 500 million Uganda shillings, with the company meeting 50 % of the cost.

"Nile Breweries shares the pain of those who lost their dear ones in the bombings, and this is our way of demonstrating it," said Nick Jenkinson, the Nile Breweries Managing Director.

Over 80 people were killed and scores left injured in the twin terrorist bombings at Kyandondo Rugby Club and Ethiopian Village Restaurant on night of the final of FIFA World Cup on July 11, 2010.

Most of the dead were young soccer enthusiasts, and they left 45 orphans behind, according to police records.

"We relied on the police records to identify these orphans and their surviving parents or guardians," said Onapito-Ekomoloit, the Nile Breweries Corporate Affairs Director.

Under the scholarship offered by Nile Breweries and St. Mary's College Lugazi, each of the orphans will be admitted to the school upon qualifying for secondary education and stay enrolled until completing Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE).

"Our school offers quality education and is a top performer in the national examination," said Geoffrey Muliika, the Headmaster of St. Mary's College Lugazi.

Seventy five percent of the students of the school passed Uganda Certificate of Education exams in Division 1 and 2 and were 90% admitted to public universities in the past three years, he said.

Both school fees and all other academic costs for the orphans will be met by Nile Breweries and the school.

To operate the scholarship, Nile Breweries will provide an annual grant to St. Mary's Lugazi, which will run for ten years, with a starting amount of US dollars 5,000 equivalent in Uganda Shillings this year. The company will increase the grant by 10% each year.

"This scholarship is in line with our commitment to support education for the underprivileged," said Managing Director Jenkinson.

Nile Breweries, under its community trust, already runs an Equality Scholarship for academically talented children of rural farmers, who grow sorghum and barley for the company, to study in Uganda's elite secondary schools. The Equality scholarship, launched early this year, will be worth Shs. 1 billion for the first six years.

"We believe education is an equalizer between the rich and the poor," said Onapito Ekomoloit.

Nile Breweries Limited is a subsidiary of SABMiller plc, the world second largest brewer.

Listed on both the London and Jpohannesburg stock exchange, SABMiller aspires to be a force for good in the world. 

This is an SABMiller subsidiary news release, it was first published in its local market on 01/10/2011.

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