Bebe Cool recently flew out of the country to meet his donors and the journey has paid off.
The singer has announced through his social media that he has been given a grant of about $400,000 USD from Stop TB Partnership’s TB REACH initiative at a ceremony that took place in Ho Chi Mihn City, Vietnam.
The TB REACH initiative is funded by the Government of Canada and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
“The grant, through my recently founded non profit organisation The Amber Heart Foundation, is in support of activities aimed at finding missing TB patients within the districts of Kampala, Jinja and Mbarara,” he wrote
Adding that, “This grant is a result of a vigorous application exercise that saw The Amber Heart Foundation triumph over 600 applications that had to be chosen from all over the world. This is a great boost to my charity efforts. While for years i have been undertaking different charity works at my personal expense, it feels great when someone else recognises such efforts and decides to chip in. This is a great boast for our health care system.
Statistics prove that 80,000 Ugandans die of Tuberculosis annually yet this disease is treatable in all government facilities moreover for free. It is also absurd that many of my fellow Ugandans do not know the symptoms of TB and never think to get screened/tested until it is too late and they have passed it on to their loved ones. The Amber Heart Foundation using this grant comes in to feel the gap of awareness and mobilisation of people for testing and treatment.”
Last year, Bebe was appointed Uganda’s Tuberculosis Ambassador and he has been engaging in many charitable activities under Amber Heart Foundation”