Recently, for the second year in a row, artiste and Beat FM radio presenter Ruth Wanyana spent a day out with children and women living with HIVAids at New Dawn African Foundation in Entebbe.
The day dubbed “Wanyana and Fans Charity Day Out”, is an annual event, the brainchild of Wanyana.
“Last year, we paid a visit to an orphange and this time round it is children and women living with HIVAids,” said Wanyana. “Next year, we are going to visit and support the elderly.”
She donated clothes, food, household items, and stationery, among other items. The event was supported by Beat FM, Hotel Explorer and Milestones bakery. New Dawn African Foundation, situated in Nkumba, caters for children and women living with HIVAids.
“We realised an urgent need [for services] in the fishing community here so we started up this project,” Hannington Segirinya, the team leaderfounder New Dawn Africa Foundation, said.
They cater for about 65 children and 40 women.
“The children are provided with supplementary nutrients and we encourage them to live with their parents and guardians,” he said. “We do home visits twice a month to evaluate how these families are getting on.”
With the centre’s help, people living with the virus in the surrounding communities are better equipped to live positively and make meaningful contribution to their societies. Some women are trained in making crafts and others acquire skills from the beauty and tailoring centres.
“Next year, we are planning to start up a carpentry workshop,” Segirinya added.
Segirinya said the children and women they cater for often come with cards from TASO and Mildmay, and they enter their details into their records, to avoid fraudulent beneficiaries. At the event, the children were entertained by their counterparts, vulnerable children from Pastor Wilson Bugembe’s Divine Stream ministries.
Source : The Observer