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Using music to sound the plight of HIV/ AIDS to street children

By Samuel Lutwama

Added 15th November 2018 05:23 PM

Chris Tabu, communication manager Crane music said his organisation is using the tool of music to reach out to street kids.

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Chris Tabu, communication manager Crane music said his organisation is using the tool of music to reach out to street kids.

Street children in Kampala have feigned ignorance about the cause of HIV/AIDs with some saying it is got off rubbish pits. 

This ignorance was confirmed more, during the annual musical festival organised by Crane Children at Risk Action Network (Crane), when children majority from the streets of Kampala, testified how they didn’t know how HIV/AIDs is acquired.

In an effort to sensitise them about the HIV/ AIDS pandemic, Crane in conjunction with other stakeholders organised a musical festival which was intended to show them a bright future.

Chris Tabu, communication manager Crane music said his organisation is using the tool of music to reach out to street kids.

The highlight of the day was of street kids singing with microphones as they sung about their life of living on the street while urging law enforcers on being compassionate to them.

The day was spiced up by lively performance from formerly destitute kids from Music Life skills and Destitution Alleviation(M-LISADA) 

 ome street children decided to move with their dog on the musical gala Some street children decided to move with their dog on the musical gala

 

Maurice Bakaleke, a former street kid shared his story on how he used to be on street, but through the intervention of Crane he is realising his dream as a dancer with a cultural group. “I remember how I was wasting my life on street taking drugs,” he said. 

“But that all changed when I was integrated back to society by Crane and now I am assured of a bright future.”

Street kids face little encouragement to dream, so relating with a former street kid gives them hope beyond despair.  Some of them who were seemingly drugged moved along with their dog in the tent.

hildren from usi ife skills and estitution lleviation entertain guests during the musical galaChildren from Musi -Life skills and Destitution Alleviation(M-LISADA) entertain guests during the musical gala

 

The musical gala offered counselling services, teaching them about the dangers of HIV/ AIDS.

Agatha Nabagesera, a counsellor with Crane disclosed that street kids are prone to acquiring the deadly virus since they are exposed to sexual temptations because of their delinquent lifestyle.

 She however decried their ignorance about the cause of HIV/ AIDS as the fundamental challenge among street kids.   

“We discovered that most of them had misconception on how they can acquire HIV/ AIDS, we tried to demystify their prejudged notion as we told them the proper channels on how it’s acquired,” she said.  

 

  

 

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