NGO offers orphans new lease of life

At 19 years, a student in Uganda has finished secondary school and is preparing to join university. Not Geoffrey Kyahanda who lost both parents in 2008.

His parents died while he was in Primary Two but he managed to go up to Primary Six. However, all is not lost to him as he got a new lease of life after getting an opportunity to attend vocational education.

“I stayed home without hope because I had no alternative. I was working on my older brothers’ farms until a group of people came registering orphans,” narrates Kyahanda.
The last born of seven siblings in Kaghorwe village, Nyakiyumbu Sub-county in Bukonzo West, was picked by volunteers at the Vocational and Skills Development Centre where he trained as mechanic and wielder.

Kyahanda completed his course last year. The vocation school is run by Action for Community Development, a charity organisation that empowers individuals, families and communities. Kyahanda now earns an average of Shs10,000 per day and has since roofed his three-roomed house. He works at Umoja Workshop in Bwera Town.

“I joined a village savings group back home because I want to raise money to buy a tool box to start working independently,” says Kyahanda.
Mr Livingstone Bagonza, the organisatiob’s programme manager, told the Daily Monitor that skills development seeks to improve the social and economic welfare of orphans and vulnerable children through tailoring, hairdressing, welding, knitting and computer study.

“They undergo a holistic programme starting from understanding entrepreneurship skills, financial management, human rights, and reproductive health and then life skills,” he said.
Kyahanda is among the 113 young people that have graduated from the centre.

Action for Community Development is a charity organisaton that has grown from a community based facility to a national civil society organization serving in 28 districts.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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