Centenary Rural Development Bank through the catholic church have collected Shs4.5m and offered it to the children in Naguru Remand Home inform of items.
The bank as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility gave the children 140 mosquito nets, 2 bags of sugar, 2 bags of rice, tooth brushes for each child, bathing sponge, sanitary pads, blankets, soft drinks (soda) and soap.
“On behalf of the bank, we are honoured to be here. We have come to share with the children of Naguru Remand Home as it is always our responsibility to give back to the community,” Juliet Mukiibi the Principal human resource manager at Centenary Bank said.
Mukiibi advised the children never to lose hope and that they should seek for God’s guidance. “The bank has a vision of transforming lives. We reach out to the disadvantaged and this initiative is in line with our vision,” she noted.
Mary Kyomugisha the assistant probation officer at the remand home said that apparently they have 160 children of which 10 are girls and 150 are boys.
Kyomugisha said that most children are arrested for different minor crimes they commit in the community. “They commit crimes that are capital and non-capital offences.
And they stay here for a period of 2-3 months as they await trial in the Magistrates court,” she added. Within one to two months, the children are released to go home but because of the high crime rate in the community, the numbers keep increasing.
The children are kept at the remand home for guidance and protection. “Children are here because their parents neglected them and so they opted for street life,” Kyomugisha explained, adding that on behalf of Naguru Remand Home and Ministry of Gender, they are very grateful that Centenary Bank has given them items to improve the children’s wellbeing.