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UWESO receives sh3.6b for refugees

By Carol Kasujja

Added 16th June 2018 01:48 PM

The money received from UAE will be spent on caring for refugees in Isingiro and Mbarara.

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The money received from UAE will be spent on caring for refugees in Isingiro and Mbarara.

PIC: Deputy Ambassador United Arab Emirates Abdulra Heem Obaid Atfalahi hands over to Anguti, food items to help orphans and needy children in refugee camps as UAE marks the holy month of Ramathan. This was at the UWESO offices in Kamwokya on June 13, 2018. (Credit: Maria Wamala)   

By Alex Muhumuza

KAMPALA- The Uganda Women's Effort to save Orphans (UWESO), on June 13, 2018 received the second batch of relief food from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at their offices in Kamwokya.

The food which includes rice, posho and cooking oil will be distributed to Masulita Children’s Village in Wakiso district starting this week.

Jennifer Anguti, the UWESO executive director, thanked UAE for offering to partner with them and hoped that with their help, they would be able to multiply and increase their services to the vulnerable groups.

“Our relationship with UAE started at the solidarity summit on refugees a year ago. Since then, we have been receiving different donations from them. We first received 100 sowing machines, bales of clothes and carpentry tools to be able to skill the unemployed youth and women. I thank the UAE for this kind gesture,” said Anguti.

Anguti also said in May this year, they received sh3.6b from UAE to help them care for refugees in Isingiro and Mbarara. The money which is meant to be used for two years, will focus on children in refugee camps and host communities.

The two year project: “Advancing Rights and Opportunities for Vulnerable Children” (AROC),  will start in Mbarara and Isingiro, targeting 4,500 children and 22,500 women refugee households and host communities through accessing education and strengthening of community local governance structures to respond appropriately to challenges facing the orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).

While handing over the consignments, the UAE deputy ambassador, Abdul Raheim Obaid, pledged continued support to the organisation to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and women.

“We are happy to work with UWESO, UAE is willing to support the government of Uganda in order to see that children go to school, have skills and can be able to live independently. This is not the last time we are going to support you, we would also love to help construct boreholes in hard to reach areas so that people can have clean water,” said Obaid.

Silvanus Turyamwijuka, the head of programs at UWESO said that with the support from UAE, unemployed youths in Mbarara and Isingiro are going to get skills and create jobs for themselves.

 The UAE deputy ambassador was given a token of appreciation for his continued support to the organization amidst very many challenges faced.


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