Tuesday February 24 2015

NGO hailed for helping orphans

By Michael J Ssali

Lwengo- Salama Shield Foundation (SSF) has emerged as the best non-government organisation (NGO) that supports orphans and vulnerable children in Lyantonde District.

SSF was declared after a survey of NGOs giving support to orphans and other vulnerable children conducted by the Gender ministry in collaboration with Save the Children International under the SUNRISE OVC project.

SSF community development manager Rose Kawere told Daily Monitor that her organisation emerged top because they base their support on the children’s own needs.
“We go to the villages, sit with the people and listen to the children’s individual problems. We involve village leaders before we assess what form of assistance we give to the children. We also educate children about their rights.

What NGO does
SSF is engaged in providing social-psychological support to vulnerable children, and families affected by HIV/Aids in district. They provide scholastic materials to school going vulnerable children, provide
microfinance credit to families and carry out counselling services to the children and to their care givers as a measure of HIV prevention

Mr Richard Ekodeu, the technical adviser at SUNRISE OVC, said one of the biggest weaknesses of NGOs engaged in supporting orphans is they undertake more work than they can effectively carry out.
“Like some telephone companies, they want to be everywhere when they don’t have the capacity,” Mr Ekodeu said.

He urged other NGOs in the district and community development officers to emulate SSF.

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