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Local govts urged to plan for orphans

By Vision Reporter

Added 8th December 2009 03:00 AM

LOCAL governments need to set aside funds to support orphans and vulnerable children in districts. Lydia Wasula, the communications officer in charge of vulnerable children in the Ministry of Gender and Labour, said the central Government does not budg

LOCAL governments need to set aside funds to support orphans and vulnerable children in districts. Lydia Wasula, the communications officer in charge of vulnerable children in the Ministry of Gender and Labour, said the central Government does not budg

By Daniel Edyegu

LOCAL governments need to set aside funds to support orphans and vulnerable children in districts. Lydia Wasula, the communications officer in charge of vulnerable children in the Ministry of Gender and Labour, said the central Government does not budget for vulnerable children.

She asked local governments to use part of their revenue and lobby for more funds from civil organisations to help marginalised groups.

“Cramming children in remand homes or watching them loiter on the streets is a time-bomb. There is potential danger of reduced productivity, surging unemployment and subsequent poverty,” she stressed.

This was during a workshop at Mt. Elgon Hotel in Mbale, recently. The workshop was on how local governments could increase funding of activities that help orphans and vulnerable children.

Wasula said orphans and vulnerable children constitute about 7.6 million of the total population, many of whom are disabled or not living with their biological parents.

She added that a big number of them were either out of school, child labourers or married.

She noted that most orphans were a result of the HIV/AIDS scourge and most were living below the poverty line.

The Butaleja district chairman, Richard Waya, said lack of valid statistics on the orphans and vulnerable children had hindered proper channelling of funds to help them.

Local govts urged to plan for orphans

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