The money raised will also be channeled towards installing solar electricity to the SOS’s children’s village in Entebbe, Wakiso district.
PIC :A cross section of 18 tourist on arrival to climb Mt. Rwenzori to raise funds to buy solar electricity for SOS Children Villages Entebbe. (Photo by Wilfred Sanya)
In an effort to raise funds for the disadvantaged children for the SOS children's villages Uganda, 18 tourists have contributed sh250m towards mountain climbing.
The tourists are expected to climb Mountain Rwenzori in Kasese district for five days, starting on Sunday.
The money raised will also be channeled towards installing solar electricity to the SOS's children's village in Entebbe, Wakiso district.
The board chairman of SOS children's Villages Uganda, Sam Bwaya said they are faced with challenges of taking care of majority youth from disadvantaged families.
"It was easy to take care of the youth when they were still babies. However, today their needs have increased because they are grown up children," he disclosed.
Bwaya said that it is of great opportunity to see foreigners coming to climb Mt.Rwenzori with the idea of contributing funds towards the disadvantaged children in Uganda.
Bwaya made the remarks during the luncheon to welcome 18 tourists under the SOS Luxembourg challenge on Friday.
Most of the participants hail from Germany, Belgium, Britain, Netherlands, France and Poland.
He revealed that the money raised will go towards putting up Solar panels at SOS children Villages of Entebbe and supporting other activities.
According to Bwaya, this will reduce on the high cost of electricity and also power cuts for the students who are studying.
The National Director Olive Lumonya said SOS is about improving children's life to boost their future.
Lumonya said they are looking after 850 children and also supporting the communities to improve on their life to reduce on the numbers of children coming from the communities.
The leader of the delegation Anne Schweitzer from SOS Villages d'Enfants Mode congratulated foreigners for coming to Uganda, after six months of mobilisation, to raise funds for the needy.
"It is my first time to come to Uganda and I am ready for the challenge. Climbing the mountain is a way of informing the World that SOS is looking after disadvantaged children," she said.