By Twesigye Aggrey
Over twenty former street children in Mbarara City have graduated in various vocational skills.
During the first graduation ceremony of Lugazi Charity Street Kids and Orphanage held at Independence park in Mbarara City over the weekend, the students graduated with certificates in tailoring, fashion design, and leather production.
While addressing guests and graduates , Priscah Mulongo Muganzi the deputy mayor Mbarara city appreciated Lugazi Charity Street Kids and Orphanage for imparting the youth with skills in an era where technology has left many unemployed.
She said skilling youth will prevent them from engaging themselves in dubious acts because they are kept busy unlike those that are idle.
Mulongo further rallied non governmental organization to pick a leaf from Lugazi Charity Street Kids and Orphanage that is supporting street children through skilling.
Asyiat Zamba the Executive Director Lugazi Charity Street Kids and Orphanage said after working as a sex worker for many years,she realized that unskilled youth can easily be manipulated by wrongdoers.
Zamba however called upon Mbarara city council to avail them with a piece of land where they intend to construct a rehabilitation center and a vocational school for street children.
In his remarks ,the Rwizi Region Police commander,SSP Bosco Bakashaba appreciated Non governmental organizations for resettling street children from streets which has reduced the crime rate in Mbarara City.
It’s estimated that Mbarara city has a total of 700 street children with some said to be living with HIV/AIDS.