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IGANGA: Parents urged to keep children in schools as RDC launches Kirunda Foundation

RDC was concerned with the number of school-going children who are being impregnated by men and fellow minors saying that it’s a sign of irresponsibility by the parents and he advised them to care for their children, especially in holidays.

Iganga RDC Wandera Sadala pose for a photo with the foundation executive members at their office (Photos by Isabirye Simpon Peter)

IGANGA, UGANDA: The Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Iganga district, Mr Wandera Sadala has urged parents to struggle and keep their children in schools as a way of booking for them a bright future.

Mr Wandera was on Saturday officiating as well as the chief guest at the launch of the Kirunda Foundation Group of Widows and Orphanage Center, at Kagamba village, Ibaako ward, Bugweri town council in Bugweri district. 

RDC was concerned with the number of school-going children who are being impregnated by men and fellow minors saying that it’s a sign of irresponsibility by the parents and he advised them to care for their children, especially in holidays.

He blamed parents who always sit on round tables for negotiations with those impregnating children yet it’s criminal and says such people should face the law. 

He said that Kirunda Foundation which was first initiated in 2017 has come to support some children but if parents are not responsible, they may end up wasting the resources invested in the children in case they are impregnated.

“Many children got pregnant, especially during the Covid-19 lockdown but the problem is that some parents are negotiating with suspects not knowing that these men can impregnate other children tomorrow,”

“Therefore, I call upon parents to avoid negotiating with people who impregnate our children. This foundation will help and we shall also put support together with the leadership in Bugweri district to see that our children and are supported in learning as well as supporting the widows,” RDC Wandera said.

RDC Wandera Sadala (in coat) and other leaders cutting the ribbon to launch the foundation offices

The general secretary of the foundation, Nalugoda Salim says the foundation is a community-based organization which is registered with its headquarters in Bugweri district. 

He said that its major objective is to help the vulnerable communities who cannot afford the basic needs of life like clothes, and food, among others. According to Nalugoda, they also cater for school fees and scholastic materials for orphans and also providing the widows with basic needs.

“The major objective of this organization is to help the poor communities, especially those who cannot afford the basic needs of life by providing them with food, clothes, school fees in terms of scholarships to orphans and scholastic materials. This is done to improve the standards of living of people in our communities,” Nalugoda said. 

Nalugoda pleaded with relevant authorities especially government, individuals and others organizations to intervene and support the foundation citing that they are doing a commendable job on behalf of the government and other entities. He adds that the number of needy people has exceeded their current ability hence calling for more support.

“We have 42 orphans and highly poor vulnerable children who are currently benefiting from sponsorship at school but we have registered 100 children who need the same support. Even the number of widows is overwhelming,” Nalugoda added.

RDC Wandera, speaking at the launch of the foundation in Kagamba, Bugweri with company of other leaders

Many people have since benefited from the foundation ever since it was started in 2017. Ms Kwagala Betty says she gave birth during the lockdown but they have since supported her.

“I’m happy with Kirunda Foundation, I’m a teenage mother and I gave birth during the COVID-19 lockdown as I was in senior four but the foundation is paying for me in a teaching course and they have got for me a school where I’m teaching, ” Kwagala said.

The function was attended by among others, the former contestants on the Mayoral seat Iganga municipality Hajji Asuman Dhabasada and Kafuko Meddie (Muva-bulaya), Woman MP Bugweri district Hon Racheal Magoola alias Obangaina, former Woman MP contestant Iganga district Ms Mariam Seif and local leaders.

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