99 Graduate from Gulu War Affected Training Centre

The Gulu War Affected Training Centre, illness (GWATC), story an Eskom Uganda aided facility which was established in the aftermath of the Northern war has held its sixth graduation ceremony with 99 students receiving certificates in catering, tailoring and hair dressing.

The founder of the Centre, Ms. Betty Lalam who started with only 5 students in a shop verandah in 2005, showered praises at Eskom Uganda, the Nalubale and Kiira dams Concessionaire for making the school what it is today through consistent funding.

“The People of Gulu and indeed the whole of Acholi Sub region, especially those who have gone through this training centre look at Eskom as God’s messenger, sent to wipe tears off our eyes, following the trauma that we went through during the LRA war which ravaged this area. We can never thank them enough,” she said.

Lalam said the fresh graduates are joining 1,814 other beneficiaries who have graduated from the centre since inception and have gone off to start profitable ventures using the skills they acquired at the centre.

Speaking at the same event which took place at the Centre, located in the outskirts of Gulu town, Eskom Uganda Managing Director Thozama Gangi said Eskom started with initial donation of UGX 200 Million to build classroom blocks for GWATC which we officially opened and handed over to the Director and Board members on January 14th, 2010.

According to Thozama, the company has since continued to offer assistance to the school by offering a sowing machine to the best student on graduation day.

“For me, I look at what is happening here today as a demonstration of Eskom’s commitment to continue making a difference in the lives of ordinary people, to ensure their wellbeing is improved.”

“Initially, the Gulu War Affected Training Centre was set up to equip women affected by the 20-year insurgency that ravaged Northern Uganda with Vocational hands-on skills like tailoring, catering and hairdressing to help them get a decent living. With Eskom’s support that vision has come to bear fruits as you can see for yourselves today” Thozama said.


According to Thozama, the idea of constructing the facility was hinged onto the relevance of community rehabilitation following the devastating war that ravaged these region years back.

Thozama said Eskom has since attracted other partners including MTN Uganda which donated 15 computers to start up an ICT lab within the facility. MTN also donated one Inverter and solar batteries.

“Eskom Uganda is proud to be one of those companies that came out to stand with the communities here at a time of need. We wanted to be part of the process that would eradicate those ugly scars left by war, in the hearts of our brothers and sisters in this region”, Thozama added.

The Guest of Honour at the event, South African High Commissioner His Excellency Prof. Rtd. Major Gen. Solly Mollo urged the graduants to make good use of the knowledge they have acquired at the centre to add value to their lives.

He hailed Eskom for standing with the people of Acholi in times of need, equating the move to a good friend who sticks around even in bad times.

Major General Mollo pledged to explore channels through which  the Acholi Cultural institution can engage in a cultural exchange with the South African people.

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