As part of this week’s Independence Day celebrations in neighboring Kenya, the country’s ambassador to Uganda Mr Kiema Kilonzo led a team from the embassy to Masulita Children’s home in Wakiso district, to whom they handed an assortment of Christmas presents.
The visit, according to the ambassador, was among others meant to promote friendship and mutual understanding between Uganda and Kenya. It was also part of the preparations of Kenya’s Independence Day, also known as Jamhuri Day which is slated for this Wednesday.
To the orphans at the Children’s Centre, Mr Kilonzo preached a message of hope and perseverance in the face of adversity, saying losing one’s parents or family was not the end of the world.
The items donated to the orphans included; 95 pairs of Bata shoes, 20kg of maize flour, 96kg of wheat flour, 200 litres of cooking oil, 100kg of rice, 40 bars of washing soap, 200kg of sugar, 50 pieces of bread, 8 balls, 100kg each in beans, soya beans and soya flour.
The ambassador told orphans not to lose hope for the future was still bright and waiting for them to shape it.
“The next president of Uganda will come from among you. Some of you will become Uganda’s next MPs, government officials and stakeholders,” he said.
The ambassador thanked the Ugandan First Lady Janet Kataaha Museveni for spearheading Uganda Women’s Effort to Save Orphans [UWESO] that made it possible for street children and orphaned children to have a new lease of life.
He promised to engage the Kenyan First Lady Margaret Kenyatta through her “Beyond Zero Campaign” to partner with UWESO in a bid to improve health and livelihoods of Ugandan women and children.
Speaking at the same event, Hon Rose Tumusiime, the chairperson of UWESO and Entebbe Municipality MP, said the NGO had rescued 104 children in the past five years.
“We have children from Karamoja, Kampala streets and other areas. They have been rehabilitated in our children homes. We have also started a vocational training institute to give them life skills,” Hon Tumusiime said.
Among other initiatives, she said Masulita home owns a greenhouse, dairy farm, piggery, poultry, maize mill, goats and other farm produce to generate income.
She thanked the Kenyan High Commission for choosing to partner with UWESO and celebrating Kenyan independence with Ugandans.