Kabale. Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda has hailed the Norwegian investors for establishing Child Africa, an organisation running centres for the rehabilitation and education of street kids and other vulnerable children in Uganda.
Child Africa started in 1991 in Kabale Town with a centre for needy children before establishing other centres at Equator, Tororo, Kampala and Kasese, which benefit more than 15,000 needy children through providing them education and other essential needs.
Dr Rugunda’s message was delivered last Friday by the State minister for Youth and Children Affairs, Ms Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, during celebrations to mark 25 years of Child Africa Junior School in Kabale.
Dr Rugunda promised continued government support towards funding the activities of Child Africa in Uganda because of its role in giving hope to young and vulnerable people.
He also asked all local governments in areas where Child Africa operates to work together with the organisation in order to overcome some of the challenges.
“Challenges faced while implementing Child Africa activities require collective approach so that they can continue with the community desired services. I thank Child Africa for their approach to help the needy and vulnerable children in Uganda,” Dr Rugunda said.
The founder of Child Africa in Uganda, Ms Julie Solberg, said donations specifically from Norway and other European countries and United States of American have enabled the organisation to achieve its dream.
She asked government for tax exemptions so that they can deliver more service to the needy and vulnerable children of Uganda.
“I want to thank our international partners for their continued financial support to help in funding the education of the needy vulnerable children in Uganda and it’s our dream to establish a university that shall offer vocational education to avail these children with hands on skills for self-employment,” Ms Solberg said.
The mayor for Kabale Municipality, Mr Byamugisha Sentaro, hailed Child Africa for supplementing government programmes of universal primary and secondary education.
He asked government to quickly rehabilitate all children remand homes so as to cater for increasing number of street kids resulting from domestic violence and HIV/AIDS scourge.
About Child Africa
Child Africa is a non-profit organisation established in 1991 and is dedicated to help disadvantaged children in East Africa to enhance their lives through education. With support from sponsor parents the organisation helps hundreds of children in Uganda and Africa at large, with food, clothing, medicine, education and sometimes even homes.