PIC: Kabale district officials handing over one of the bicycles to a beneficiary on Thursday
KABALE - A total of 220 residents in Kabale and Rukiga districts on Thursday received bicycles under a World Bank funded multi-sectoral food security and nutrition project to facilitate their movements in enhancing nutrition programmes in primary schools.
The beneficiaries include 20 community facilitators, 100 village health teams and 100 farmers.
Handing over the bicycles at Kigezi Private Sector Promotion Centre in Kabale municipality, the district chairperson, Patrick Besigye Keihwa, urged the beneficiaries to use the bicycles in the execution of their planned duties.
“Use the bicycles to monitor the nutrition programme. Do not sell them because you risk being arrested,” Keihwa said.
He added that the district will be preparing a report at the end of every month to assess the progress of the programme.
The Kabale district deputy chief administrative officer, Anselm Kyaligonza, noted that many primary school pupils in Kabale and Rukiga are malnourished.
He, therefore urged the beneficiaries to use the bicycles to spread the gospel of fighting malnutrition in their schools and respective homes.
Jenifer Tumwebaze, the project’s focal person, hailed World Bank and the Government for the support towards fighting malnutrition among pupils across the country.
She said the objective of the project is to address the problem of malnutrition in school-going children and women of child-bearing age.
The six-year project worth sh10b is funded by the global agriculture and food security department under the supervision of the World Bank.
The project is being implemented in 15 districts by the ministries of agriculture, health and education. It involves setting up school gardens in primary schools to grow indigenous food such as vegetables, peas and pumpkins, among others.