Pastor recognised for role in community empowerment

The Rotary Foundation has recognized Ugandan pastor for spearheading the fight against child sacrifice in the country.

“Peter Sewakiryanga has been named a Paul Harris Fellow in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among people of the world,” reads the certificate presented to Pastor Sewakiryanga at a recognition dinner in Kampala early this week.

Pastor Sewakiryanga, the executive director of Kyampisi Childcare Ministries (KCM) has been on the forefront of aocating for child rights to life, healing survivors of child sacrifice through treatment as well as empowerment of children and families through providing job opportunities.

With the recognition, Pastor Sewakiryanga now joins a family of over 950,000 Paul Harris fellows worldwide who are engaged in carrying out humanitarian programmes and efforts to promote peace.

“Thank you for the work you lead to help eradicate the dreadful practice of child sacrifice and for the support you offer to those who have been affected by it. All of us from the Rotary Club of Newcastle Sunrise are very proud to assist you in these endeavours. We believe your life exemplifies the humanitarian and educational objectives of the Rotary foundation,” reads a statement.

Pastor Sewakiryanga leads a team that up cases to the rural areas of Uganda to speak for the many children whose voices are ignored through child abuse, trafficking, sacrifice, and maltreatment.

He was one of over 300 Rotarians whose contributions towards supporting vulnerable communities were awarded.

“I do not take this recognition as a gift but it is a motivation for continued fight for the plight of the innocent lives that are targeted by merciless people. I dedicate the medal to all those (children) who died and the survivors of child sacrifice,” said Pastor Sewakiryanga, also a member of the Rotary Club of Muyenga Breeze.

Rotarian Robert Wagwa Nsibirwa, the Rotary District 9211 Governor commended the members for their efforts and appealed to club leaders to share the works of the Rotary Foundation to inspire the bigger world to appreciate the scope and the interventions.

He said Rotarians have for the last six months contributed up to $285,000 as part of the $1 million challenge towards the Rotary Foundation.

Rtn Yinka Babalola, the Regional Coordinator of Rotary Foundation Zone 20A said the recognition as a motivation to members to contribute more towards the development works.

ekasozi@ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: DAILY MONITOR

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