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Church brings new dawn for children with disabilities in Mukono

By Solomon Kalema

Added 5th May 2016 02:36 PM

Donors, well-wishers and parents gathered to officially launch Kiwanga Integrated Skills Training Center that was designed to offer and equip children living with disabilities with vocational skills.

Church brings new dawn for children with disabilities in Mukono

Donors, well-wishers and parents gathered to officially launch Kiwanga Integrated Skills Training Center that was designed to offer and equip children living with disabilities with vocational skills.

A number of initiatives that are offered for the wellbeing of children with disabilities go unnoticed despite their value.

However, for the children with special needs in Kiwanga, Seeta, last week was worth recalling.

Donors, well-wishers and parents gathered to officially launch Kiwanga Integrated Skills Training Center that was designed to offer and equip children living with disabilities with vocational skills.

Last week, the centre, which is housed in a former orphanage, hosted Msgnr Charles Kasibante the Vicar General of Kampala Arch Diocese, Fr. Ignatius Kivumbi the Namilyango Parish Priest, Fr. Edward Kabanda from Kiwamirembe parish and alumni of the group's programs.

 

Why children with special needs?

While speaking at the event, Fred Matovu the Programme Coordinator for the Kiwanga centre said the centre is an addition to St. Michael Children's Home and SABINA boarding Primary School both of which are run by Daughters of Charity, a Ugandan charitable organization.

"Since the foundation by the late Sr. Rose Muyinza in 1972 we have focused on helping children living with disabilities," he said.

Matovu added that this centre will be a home to children who are neglected by their parents because of their inability to handle their special needs.

"We want to continue protecting and supporting children with difficulties mostly orphans, neglected children, and children with disabilities to get shelter, food, medical care as well as formal and informal education," Matovu said.

While speaking as Chief Guest at this event, Monsignor Charles Kasibante hinted on the importance of caring for such children with reference to verse five of chapter 18 in the Bible book of Matthew, "Whoever welcomes the children welcomes me."

Kasibante said that such schools are needed today.

 "All these vices have children as the victims," the Vicar General said.

The day in colour

Students of all levels were treated to ice cream throughout the event by their caretakers.

A number of people who have offered a helping hand to the school over the past two months from its opening as a skills centre were also recognized by the administration.

 

"Many times, when people do something that benefits the community, their projects are destroyed by others. We are thankful to those who have stood with us," Matovu the Coordinator said.

Cheerful givers from the Missionaries of Africa, the Netherlands-based Mirembe Foundation and Nsambya Babies' home were present to support yet another deed of service to the community.

Parents given a hand

While speaking at the event, Kasibante expressed the willingness of the Archdiocese to assist such programs that reach out to economically challenged parents.

"Education has been largely commercialized today. This kind of school will help parents who have children with special needs and cannot afford quality education elsewhere," he said.

 

 

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