By Andrew Irumba
The ongoing 4th edition of Ekigangu kya Busoga at Victoria High school has received another boost from the different Indian Associations, who have pumped both financial and material support into the campaign.
The team led by the Chairperson of Indian Women Association, Suman Venkatesh, extended support to the Youth Retreat as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility as an organization.
“We like giving back to the community and it’s more satisfying when it involves children of all ages. So, as Indian Women Association Uganda we resolved to support the Speaker of Parliament and the activity since it touches young people”, Venkatesh said, before commending organizers for prioritizing to address the plight of children.
Relatedly, Kuman Bhai Kanabar, Chairman Indian Association Uganda Jinja branch, noted that as an organization, supporting initiatives that touch humanity ranks first.
“We are very much aware that our people need support and as an organization we can do whatever is possible to help. So associating with the activity is a true manifestation of what we stand for”, he said.
The two associations donated several foodstuffs like sugar, rice,beans,cooking oil,soap including sanitary towels.
The team leader Owek. Dr Joyce Abaliwano Mulebeke received the support from the Indian Associations on behalf of the Rt. Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, who is the Managing Director of Ekigangu kya Busoga and thanked them for this timely support.
As part of the training program, several facilitators engaged the youth. These included a team from Uganda Cancer Institute who sensitized learners about the dangers of cancer.
The US embassy sent in motivational speakers,Eng. John Mbaddwe who demonstrated how internet can ease access to academic material that is vital to their learning more so science subjects and Hajj Mpaata who talked to the participants about career choices among others.
Participants continue to learn inside the Explorer bus courtesy of the US Embassy. The bus with 4 hubs comprises of games hub, life skills hub, computer literacy hub and the reading hub.
They continue to practice what has been taught like making sanitary towels, daddis,baking cakes, etc.
Come Saturday, the Managing Director of Ekigangu kya Busoga, Rt.Hon. Kadaga will engage the participants with more practical skills, while His Majesty William Gabula Nadiope,IV, Isebantu Kyabazinga wa Busoga will later in the day have an interface with Abagangu and their parents/guardians.
This year’s 4th edition is running under the theme “Using Culture to End Early Marriage and Keep Girls in School”.
The retreat is being sponsored by Kakira Sugar Ltd,Bidco Uganda Ltd, RHITES-EC,Luuka Plastics,Hariss International,Joint Medical Stores,US Embassy,Victoria High School,UN Women,Indian Women Association,Indian Association Uganda,Uganda Cancer Institute,Baba Media Group,Busoga One Fm,KBS FM among others