30 November 2007

Uganda: Mbale Orphans Get New Dorm

Mbale — THE Christian Childcare Project, Netherlands chapter has handed over a dormitory worth Shs120 million to the Christian Childcare project, for housing orphans and needy children.

The hostel that is to accommodate 200 orphans and needy children at the Christian Childcare Project Vocational Training Institute was constructed with funds from CCP Netherlands with the assistance of CCP (Mbale).

Ms Anekke Luyt from Holland commissioned the dormitory on behalf of Han- Van Bokken (Holland), the sponsors of one of the blocks at the technical wing of the CCP vocational institute.

Speaking during the Mbale based vocational institute 12th graduation this week, the Principal of the Institute, Mr Isaiah Masaba Dwale said arrangements are underway to construct other dormitories to accommodate students within the institute premises.

He said CCP is committed to providing vocational skills to orphans, needy and other vulnerable children in rural communities in order to empower them with skills for self-sustenance.

"We are committed to providing vocational skills to orphans and other needy children in Uganda to enable them get transformed from being job seekers to job makers to develop their own communities and the country as a whole," Mr Masaba said.

The Programme Director at the institute, Mr James Kidulu urged Ugandans to embrace vocational training as an essential ingredient in the fight against poverty at households and eventual the development of rural communities.

Mr Kidulu called on the government to put greater emphasis on vocational training as the way of transforming labour force from job seeking to job making for self sustenance.

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