Former finance minister, Maria Kiwanuka, has commended the Rotary club of Kampala - Ssese islands for aiding development projects in the Ssese islands, in Kalangala district.
The club has over the years held medical camps aimed at diagnosing and treating malaria, sight problems and testing cancer among others in Ssese’s eighty-four islands.
“This is a club that takes great values in doing humanitarian work, but also extensively enjoys giving service to underprivileged,” she said during the clubs 25 years celebrations at the Kampala Sheraton hotel on Saturday.
She called on the Rotarians to bring together leaders in business and professional services in a bid to continue create comfortable living environments in the society, as well as partner with government in nation building.
Rotary is a network of neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad.
“The rotary club has got more than 1.2 million people worldwide, and I believe that you can tap into these numbers and help create change in our society, since the government cannot do this by itself, except it finds commendable partners such as yourselves” she said.
The rotary club exists primarily to network and use professionals to make inroads in societies and solve problems in communities across the world.
The club president Hellen kawesa, Said the club will continue pushing for health, education, commercial and structural development of fishing communities in the Ssese islands.
“We are fundraising for the construction of buildings at a health facility in Ssese and we shall not stop such programs. We will use our networks both within and outside the country to support the communities as we complement government’s efforts,” she said.
She said the club is primarily community oriented and boasts of more than 90 members, with an average age of 40.
“Whereas the club is based in Kampala, its community projects are geared to assisting remote fishing communities in Ssese Islands, with key focus on health, education, safe water, sanitation, and income generating services to rural communities,” she said.