Philanthropist Reverend Nayiga Honored with Diamond Jubilee Medal
In a ceremony held at State House Entebbe, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni presented the 60th Independence Diamond Jubilee medal to Reverend Sr. Maria Richard Nayiga in recognition of her remarkable dedication and loyalty to Uganda.
Reverend Nayiga, originally scheduled to receive the medal during the Independence Day Celebrations in Kitgum District on October 9, 2023, faced unavoidable circumstances that prevented her attendance.
During the award ceremony, President Museveni expressed his appreciation for Reverend Nayiga’s unwavering service to Uganda and pledged his support to her.
Reverend Nayiga, a philanthropist by nature, was born 84 years ago, on June 10, 1939, in Kasenyi, Mubende District. She was ordained in 1971 and currently enjoys retirement at Gogonya Parish.
Apart from her religious vocation, where she held positions at Kiyinda Mityana Diocese, Nsambya, Rubaga, and Gogonya, supervising the culinary aspects for various bishops, Reverend Nayiga actively engaged in community service. Notably, she contributed a portion of her ancestral land situated in Kigando Local Council, Mulagi Sub-County, which now resides within Kyankwanzi District. This land was allocated for the establishment of a vocational training institute, complementing the work of Rev. Fr. Rochus David Kasole.
In 1992, she personally financed the construction of facilities at the Kigando vocational training school, where needy students continue to receive free education.
Reverend Nayiga utilized financial support from her friends in Germany to sponsor numerous needy students in higher education, including religious leaders. Over 100 nuns were among the beneficiaries of her philanthropic endeavors.
The award ceremony also saw the presence of Ruth Nankabirwa, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, as a distinguished guest.