MANYARA: Morogoro based Alliance One Tobacco Tanzania Limited (AOTTL) has donated various clothes and food items worth 25m/- to victims of the Hanang land slide disaster.
The donation included blankets, baby formulas flour bags, assortments of new t-shirts and jeans of different sizes for the young and adult victims, most of whom have lost everything but their lives.
Hanang District Executive Director Francis Namaumbo received the donation at Katesh Secondary school, where some of the victims are still sheltered.
Mr Namaumbo commended the AOTTL’s generosity and urged other companies to emulate Alliance One in alleviating social needs of the victims.
“Thisdonation to our people comes at the very right time and will greatly help these needy families living in limbo here,” he noted.
He assured Alliance One and other prospective donors, that his office will make sure all the handouts will be distributed responsibly to the right people and not otherwise.
Mr Namaumbo welcomed other companies and individuals to help Hanang victims so that the on-going government efforts to help restore their livelihoods especially assisting them with better accommodation become a reality.
On his part, the company’s spokesperson said John Magoti, “The management of Alliance One via its corporate social responsibility programme, deliberated on the magnitude of the disaster and arrived at the decision to support the victims,”
Alliance One sets aside 400m/- every year for the noble course of giving back to the community around their areas of operations. They donate mainly in three areas namely water, health and education.
The company opened its tobacco processing plant in 1998 and has been operating successfully ever since, without missing any crop season and currently has 350 permanent and pensionable employees as well 3,500 seasonal workers every year.