Domestic workers trained
Posted Friday, November 1 2013 at 02:00
JINJA- More than 100 children rescued from child labour around Kampala have been equipped with vocational skills to enable them start up income-generating activities.
The former housemaids and other children completed the six-month courses at the Nile Vocational Institute in Jinja.
The study period was under the sponsorship of Plan for Labour Action (PLA), a national civil society organisation that promotes human rights of the vulnerable and marginalised workers.
The courses studied included engineering, mechanics, design and fashion, catering, among others.
The institute director, the Rev Paul Hannington Suubi, advised the graduates to plan for their future in order not to fall prey to exploitative bosses.
Lack of saving culture
“In Uganda, there is no saving culture. Know that when you make say Shs5,000, save at least Shs2,000 and in the end you will be successful,” Rev Suubi said.
Ms Grace Mariah Nakiwu, the PLA programme officer in charge of child labour, said recent reports on abuse of domestic workers were disturbing calling on the government to reign in on the culprits and make sure the face the law.
Her remarks come in the wake of a woman being gang-raped by Pakistani nationals and another being beaten into unconsciousness by her boss after allegedly raping and impregnating her.
“We shall continue searching for and equipping such domestic workers with the necessary skills to enable them survive on their own,” Ms Nakiwu said.