Rotarians have launched a campaign to collect Shs600m for constructing a youth skilling centre in memory of Sam Owori, the Rotary International President-Elect, who died last year.
Owori died abruptly in Dallas Texas in US in 2017 but had planned to set up the youth centre.
And now as part of honoring his memory, one year after his death, Rotaract clubs on Wednesday launched a fundraising campaign in Kampala with an aim of raising the money to establish the training centre dubbed Vijana Poa in memory of Owori who died soon after being elected to serve as Rotary International President, 2018-2019.
“Shs90m was collected at the fundraiser for the facility that is expected to house a learning centre where unemployed youth can acquire entrepreneurial and practical skills to enable them create their own jobs and earn a decent living,” said Mr Robert Wagwa Nsibirwa, the Past District Governor, at an event that attracted 35 Rotary and 17 Rotaract clubs.
He said Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) household survey of 2016/2017 puts the number of people living in poverty at a staggering 10 million up from the 6.6 million in the past years.
“This data goes to show that the government’s multiple efforts like the Youth Fund, the Youth Livelihood Program and Operation Wealth Creation to eradicate poverty especially among the youth has not yielded many results,” said Mr Nsibirwa.