During the event, a song known as “Twogere Kaati” was launched and it (song) encourages parents to talk to their children about the causes and prevention of HIV/AIDS.
Kids in Katanga slum celebrated their Christmas party yesterday (Wednesday), and the party was characterized by music, drama, and sports at Katanga playground.
Katanga slum is a settlement located in the valley between Mulago hospital and Makerere University, in Kampala.
The Christmas party was not only organized for enjoyment sake's, but also to educate the community about HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, as people in such communities are among the vulnerable populations to the disease.
During the event, a song known as "Twogere Kaati" was launched and it (song) encourages parents to talk to their children about the causes and prevention of HIV/AIDS.
Micheal Jackson Mugema, the director of Hope for Katanga Kids project, a community based organization in Katanga slum said HIV cases especially among women and girls are very common compared to men and boys, and therefore the organization is trying to raise awareness about the risks and prevention of the disease.
The project involves kids from various backgrounds, some are orphans, some were living on the streets, and some are infected with HIV.
"Girls here are from poor families, which cannot afford to provide for them basics of life. Men come in to provide these needs in exchange for sex, thus infecting them. We also have children that are born with the disease," she said
"But an HIV generation is very possible. This project aims at educating the community about the dangers of HIV and prevention. We want five years from now, to see that no more child in Katanga slums is born with HIV and those with the disease can access treatment," he added
This year's theme for the event was "HIV free generation, where we are trying to raise awareness of the causes and prevention of HIV/AIDs