The Archbishop of Gulu Diocese Dr John Baptist Odama has dedicated St. Monica Vocational Training Center and Daniel Comboni Vocational Training Institute for sheltering and rehabilitation of the children.
Up to 205 street children in Gulu have been resettled to safeguard
them against Coronavirus. It is
estimated that at 600 street kids are scattered in the district.
The children were either orphaned by HIV/AIDS or forced to abandon their homes due to poverty and domestic violence.
The Archbishop of Gulu Diocese Dr John Baptist Odama has dedicated St. Monica
Vocational Training Center and Daniel Comboni Vocational Training Institute for
sheltering and rehabilitation of the children.
While at the designated centres, the children will undergo spiritual growth;
medical tests and treatment for ailments such as malaria, typhoid,. There will also undergo psychosocial
counselling and guidance among others.
Alex Odongo Okoya, the LC II of Twegan Parish in Pece Division, who headed
vulnerable groups committee that identified the children, says that some of the
kids were a source of insecurity breaking into people’s homes to steal, robbing
and waylay pedestrians at night.
Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson Patrick Jimmy Okema hailed the
intervention saying it is a sigh of relief to the district the children were a
threat to peace and security of people and their property.
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Margaret Ejang, of the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC),
observed that nationwide, children are increasingly facing a gross violation of
their rights and attempt to resettle them are commendable towards upholding
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Martine Ojara Mapenduzi, the District LCV Chairperson also
Chairperson Resource Mobilization for the Task Force, development partners
including Favor of God Ministries and Dream Center among others operating in
Gulu have backed the rehabilitation program.
A section of the children aged 10 to 17 years say that life
has become much for them in their new homes and appealed for mainstream
education or vocational training programmes to live a transformed life. Others,
however, want to be reunited with their families after lockdown.
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