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Support the youth to grow their talents, mothers advised

By Wilfred Sanya

Added 12th October 2018 09:55 AM

“I would like mothers to begin identifying their children’s talents. By doing so, it helps us to support them when they are still young,” Bwaya said.

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The national director of SOS Children Villages Uganda, Olive Lumonya and the board chairman Sam Bwaya pose for a picture with the mothers at the end of the mothers’ forum in Kalangala district. Photos by Wilfred Sanya

“I would like mothers to begin identifying their children’s talents. By doing so, it helps us to support them when they are still young,” Bwaya said.

Sam Bwaya, the board chairman of SOS Children Villages Uganda, told mothers during a mothers’ forum hosted at Victory Forest Beach in Kalangala that talents can be a source of employment to the youths in future.

 “I would like mothers to begin identifying their children’s talents. By doing so, it helps us to support them when they are still young,” Bwaya said.

According to 2014 Uganda Population Census data, 70 % of Ugandans are youths below the 30 years, however over 73% of them remains unemployed.

 
Bwaya said that if their talents are fully developed, the youths would  have alternative opportunities for employment in future.

Mothers’ forum is a platform where mothers gather to discuss how best to take care of children. The forum which was launched four years ago brings together mothers to share their experience and discuss with management options to manage their work.

etty utwama a retired mother receives her cheque Betty Lutwama, a retired mother receives her cheque

 
Bwaya handed over cheques of sh2m to four mothers who retired after taking care of children for over 27 years. He said the mothers will continue to receive their medical insurance besides retirement package.

The SOS Children Villages Uganda hosts over 17,000 less privileged children in the districts of Kabarole, Wakiso and Gulu. It has touched over 65,000 children who are already integrated in the community.

 he mothers displaying some of their products at the mothers forum The mothers displaying some of their products at the mothers forum

 
The national director SOS Children’s Villages Uganda, Olive Lumonya commended mothers for the role well played in caring for children.

Cissy Acen from SOS Gulu said, taking care of the children is a calling from God and that it requires commitment.

She also noted that you receive children from different background, various ages but you re-unit them as one family.

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