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100 youth get skills training in Mbuya

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By Lawrence Ogwal

Posted  Friday, December 27   2013 at  02:00

Recently, 100 youth received entrepreneurship qualification and basic business training through a Barclays Bank-funded community project. This was during a graduation event organised at Reach-Out Mbuya Parish HIV/Aids Initiative in Banda. The project targets youth and women living with HIV/Aids.
This project was in a programme that addresses the lack of employable skills and development of creativity in youth and women, Reach-Out focused on tapping hidden talent as a way of nurturing the starting up of income-generating projects.

At the event, Barclays announced a further investment of Shs100m to Reach-Out. This was to cater for the poor living conditions and lack of basic necessities of the target group; orphans and vulnerable youths, who head families as a result the negative effects of HIV/Aids.
According to Barclays Uganda Chief Operating Officer, Mr James Kinyany, through the bank’s Citizenship Agenda, Barclays has committed to impact five million young people by 2015.
He further said the bank believes that empowering young people will ultimately support longer-term growth of the economy.

“This demonstrates what a financial institution like Barclays Bank can jointly do with a medical institution like Reach-Out. In this way, our communities, the nation and the world become a better place,” Reach-Out Executive Director, Dr Stella Alamo Talisuna said.
Reach-Out Mbuya started with 14 clients but currently cares for 5,457 clients through comprehensive health and social programmes and supports more than 1,500 orphans and vulnerable children. Barclays’ partnership with Reach-Out Mbuya started in 2006 and this has seen the bank previously investing over Shs250m. This brings the whole amount to over Shs350m.